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Laid Down on Paper: Printmaking in America, 1800 to 1865

A symposium to be held at the Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester, Massachusetts

This symposium is being organized in conjunction with the Cape Ann Museum’s special exhibition Drawn from Nature & on Stone: The Lithographs of Fitz Henry Lane (October 7, 2017 – March 4, 2018) and Fitz Henry Lane Online, a catalogue raisonné and resource tool created by the Museum. The symposium will feature papers by six scholars working in fields related to printmaking that explore such diverse topics as how race and race relations were portrayed in print following the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation in January 1863; the role women artists and artisans played in printmaking during the 19th century; and how the rise of industrialization in towns such as Lowell and Lawrence, Massachusetts, affected the careers of Fitz Henry Lane and other print makers.

The symposium will be held in the Cape Ann Museum’s auditorium and will be a day-long event. Space is limited for this event and seats are available on a first come, first served basis. Cost for the full day symposium is $35 and includes a boxed lunch and admission to the Museum and the Lane lithography exhibition. Tickets are available online at Eventbrite (use External Link below).

9:15 Registration

10:00 Opening Remarks

10:00 to 12:00 Morning Session

Helena Wright, Curator, Division of Graphic Art, at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution – "Fitz Henry Lane in Lowell"

Marie-Stephanie Delamaire, Associate Curator, Fine Arts, at Winterthur Museum and Joan Irving, Winterthur Paper Conservator and affiliated professor at the University of Delaware – "Fine or Commercial Lithography: A Cultural and Material Reappraisal of Fanny Palmer’s Prints Published by Currier & Ives"

Rebecca Szantyr, Fellow in the Department of Prints and Drawings at Yale – "Rock, Paper, Press: Collecting Prints and Geological Knowledge in the 1820s"

12:00 to 1:00 Lunch Break

1:00 to 3:00 Afternoon Session

Christine Garnier, PhD candidate at Harvard – "Assembling the Runaway: Self-Liberation and Visual Games of the American Civil War"

Ellen Sondag, Adjunct faculty member at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA – "Representing Firefighters: Conflagration of the Masonic Hall, Philadelphia"

Margaretta Lovell, Professor of American Art, University of California, Berkeley – "F. H. Lane’s Lithographs, Robert Bennett Forbes, Pirates of the China Sea"

3:00 to 3:30 Questions/Closing Remarks

3:30 to 5:00 Exhibition Viewing
Relevant research areas: North America, 19th Century, Lithography

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