Participant Info

First Name
Janine Yorimoto
Last Name
American Philosophical Society
Website URL
portraiture, art history, material culture, early American studies, colonial Virginia
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Personal Info

About Me

I am currently the 2018-2020 Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow at the American Philosophical Society Library & Museum. I am the lead curator of the forthcoming 2021 exhibition Dr. Franklin, Citizen Scientist and co-curator of the 2019 exhibition Mapping a Nation: Shaping the Early American Republic at the APS Museum. I received my PhD in American Studies from William & Mary in 2018.

My book project, The Politics of Portraiture in Colonial Virginia, is a social history of portraiture in Virginia before 1776. It argues that colonists consciously diverged from English artistic practices to resist imperial dominance, while simultaneously participating in empire building, which resulted in a regionally specific hybridized practice of portraiture. Through case studies of individual portraits and the examination of broader trends, it investigates how colonists mobilized portraiture to construct social relationships.

My research interests include US art history and material culture, colonial arts of the Americas, and early American studies.

Recent Publications

Colonial Virginia Portraits (, Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture, Digital Project, 2019.

“The Story of Edward Hill and the African Groom at Shirley Plantation,” Panorama: Journal of the Association of Historians of American Art 6, no. 2 (Fall 2020)

With contributions to the Illustrated Checklist by Emily A. Margolis, Dr. Franklin, Citizen Scientist. Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 2021.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
17th century, 18th century
Expertise by Topic
Art & Architectural History, Material Culture, Museums