With a French Accent: American Lithography to 1860

A symposium at Wellesley College co-sponsored by AAS and CHAViC; to visit the Davis site, please click here.

March 31, 2012

Co-hosted by the Davis Museum at Wellesley College and the Center for Historic American Culture and organized to complement the exhibition, "With a French Accent: American Lithography to 1860," a symposium, "French and American Lithography: History and Practice," will be held at the Collins Cinema at Wellesley College on March 31. 

The symposium explores transnational interconnection, particularly the impact on American lithography of artistic exchange between France and the United States through the 19th and 20th centuries and into contemporary practice.  Laura Auricchio, associate professor of art history at Parson The New School for Design, will provide the keynote address.  Lauren Hewes, curator of graphic arts at AAS, and Georgia Barnhill, director of CHAViC, are the curators of the exhibition and will be speaking as well.

Registration (free) is available online here.


Schedule of Events - Saturday, March 31, 2012

Symposium: French and American Lithography: History and Practice

Elaine Mehalakes, Kemper Curator of Academic Programs,
Davis Museum at Wellesley College

9:15–9:45 AM
Keynote: Before Lithography: French-American
Visual Exchange in the Age of Revolution
Laura Auricchio, Associate Professor of Art History
and Chair of Humanities at The New School

9:50–10:00 AM
Martha McNamara, Director, New England Arts
and Architecture Program, Wellesley College

10:00–10:30 AM
Napoleon and Lafayette in the Print Culture
Catherine Wilcox-Titus, Associate Professor of Art History, Worcester State University

10:30–10:45 AM

10:45–11:15 AM
‘French Lithographic Prints: Very Beautiful’ The Circulation of French Lithographs in the United States before 1860
Lauren Hewes, Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Graphic Arts, American Antiquarian Society

11:15–11:45 AM
American Prints in Paris or the House of Goupil in New York (1848-1857)
Marie-Stéphanie Delamaire, Ph.D. Candidate, Columbia University

11:45 AM–12:15 PM
French Technology and Skills in the United States Georgia B. Barnhill, Director, Center for Historic American Visual Culture, American Antiquarian Society

12:15–1:30 PM
Lunch (on your own)

12:00–4:00 PM
Stone Lithography Printing Demonstration
Phil Sanders, Master Printer, Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop | Printmaking Studio, Pendleton West, Room 218

1:30–3:00 PM
Panel Discussion

The French Connection, Part II
This panel will explore post-1960 fine art lithography with a particular focus on the “rediscovery” of French lithography by June Wayne and the legacy of her work at the Tamarind Institute.

Phyllis McGibbon, Professor and Director of Studio Art,
Wellesley College

Lynne Allen, Professor of Art and Director of the School of Visual Arts,
Boston University
Kate Leavitt, Associate Professor and Robert Davidson Chair in Art,
Skidmore College
Nancy Jo Haselbacher, Professor of Fine Arts, Otis College of Art and
Design, Los Angeles

3:15–3:30 PM
Concluding Remarks
Lisa Fischman, Ruth Gordon Shapiro ’37 Director,
Davis Museum at Wellesley College

Reception immediately following, Davis Museum Lobby

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