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On the Same Page? Paper, Design and Communication, c. 1600-1950 (Virtual Symposium)

This session presents diverse case studies to help us discern paper's design and communication roles across the period of its media dominance. Caroline Fowler (Clark Art Institute) explores early modern printed model books for woven textiles, differentiating the blank grids that appear in them from the earlier Albertian vela to which they bear some formal similarities. Erin Maynes (Los Angeles County Museum) analyzes works by Georg Grosz and Kurt Schwitters within the framework of paper's escalating use for disposable or Ersatz objects in Germany's years of inflation (1914-23). Joseph Monteyne (University of British Columbia) considers the information explosion of early nineteenth-century British print culture that made paper "overwhelming" and even "revolting." Jennifer Greenhill (Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art/ University of Arkansas College of Art) looks at Douglas Leigh's mid-twentieth-century designs using cut, torn and colored pages from magazines for large rooftop electrical spectacular signage. Veronica Peselmann (USC) will respond.

Please visit the 'External Link' below to register in advance for this symposium convening via Zoom.

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