Laid Down on Paper: Printmaking in America, 1800 to 1865
Saturday, October 28
10:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m.
Exhibit Openings & Events
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 will be available online at Eventbrite through 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 26.
Image credit above: Fitz Henry Lane (1804-1865), "View of Norwich, from the West Side of the River" [detail]. Colored lithograph on paper. Drawn by F. H. Lane. Lithograph by Sarony & Major Lithography, New York. Published by A. Conant, 1849. Collection of the Cape Ann Museum. Gift of Edward L. Stone, 1972. Conservation funded by Wendy Shadwell’s Bequest to the American Historical Print Collectors Society.
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
The Museum is deeply grateful to the sponsors of this exhibition:
Jerry and Margaretta Hausman | Linzee and Beth Coolidge | Jay Last
J.J. and Jackie Bell | Bill and Anne Kneisel | Arthur Ryan
International Fine Print Dealers Association | American Historical Print Collectors Society, Inc.
Beauport Hospitality Group