Romantic Prints on the Move

Friday, 1 February 2019Saturday, 2 February 2019

Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center and the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Romantic Prints on the Move

Organized by Cordula Grewe (Indiana University, Bloomington) and Catriona MacLeod (Penn).

In partnership with the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts is pleased to introduce "Romantic Prints on the Move." This symposium takes its lead from the 2013 PMA exhibition and corresponding collection catalogue, The Enchanted World of German Romantic Prints (Yale University Press, 2017). The series of public lectures in the afternoon is preceded by two object-based study sessions, which will enable students of various fields — from art history to German studies to studio arts — to gain first-hand knowledge of this remarkable era of printmaking (for the CFP, geared toward graduate and advanced undergraduate students, see here).

Inspired by recent debates about the circulation and pricing of contemporary art, “Romantic Prints On The Move” sets out to bridge the nineteenth and the twenty-first centuries. To that end, the conference creates a stimulating conversation among academics, curators, and contemporary collectors. In particular, this conversation will focus on connecting nineteenth-century technologies with the current media revolution, thus bringing material history into the digital present. The goal is to shed more (and new) light on the economic, aesthetic, and geographical aspects of the production, dissemination, and collection of these prints in an era of burgeoning new printmaking technologies, while discussing their continuing appeal and marketability.

The public program will begin at 1:30 pm on February 1, 2019 in the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts and will feature a keynote lecture by John Ittmann (Philadelphia Museum of Art). The program will continue at 1:00 pm on February 2, 2019 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and feature a keynote lecture by Jay A. Clarke (Art Institute, Chicago).

Speakers include:

  • Charles Booth-Clibborn (Paragon Press, London)
  • Fiona Chalom (Los Angeles)
  • Jay A. Clarke (Art Institute of Chicago)
  • Peter Fuhring (Fondation Custodia, Paris)
  • Johannes Grave (Universität Bielefeld)
  • John Ittmann (Philadelphia Museum of Art)
  • Michael Leja (University of Pennsylvania)
  • Carlo Schmid (C.G. Boerner, Düsseldorf)

The symposium organizers wish to acknowledge the generous support of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Kislak Center, the University Research Foundation, Penn's School of Arts & Sciences, the Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures, the Wolf Humanities Center, the Sachs Program for Arts Innovation, the Department of History, the Program in Comparative Literature & Literary Theory, and the History of Art Department.

Caspar David Friedrich, Woman Seated Under a Spider's Web (Melancholy), woodcut, c. 1803 (detail), Philadelphia Museum of Art 1993-128-1

Event is free and open to the public.

Registration information forthcoming.