Symposium Schedule

Friday, March 31, 2017
Widener Lecture Hall, the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (the Penn Museum) 

8:30-9:00—Registration and Coffee

9:00-9:20—Opening Remarks, Juliet Sperling and Aaron M. Hyman

9:20-10:40—Case Studies I
Moderator: Catriona MacLeod, Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor, German, University of Pennsylvania
Barbara E. Mundy, Professor, History of Art, Fordham University: “Global paper in the sixteenth century: the case of the Codex Huejotzinco.”
Christopher Heuer, Acting Starr Director of Research, The Clark Art Institute and the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art: “Arctic Ink.” 

10:40-11:00am – Coffee break 

11:00-12:20—Case Studies II
Moderator: Sarah Reidell, Margy E. Meyerson Head of Conservation, Kislak Center for Special Collections, University of Pennsylvania
Elizabeth Savage, Lecturer, School of Advanced Study, University of London: “Incunable Illustrations as Material Objects”
Cathleen Baker, Conservation Librarian Emerita, University of Michigan Library; proprietor of The Legacy Press: "The Wove Paper in John Baskerville’s Publii Vigilii Maronis (1757): A Case Study that Exposes Inaccurate Suppositions"

12:20-1:45pm—Lunch (provided for speakers)
1:45-3:05—Case Studies III
Moderator: Jim Green, Librarian, The Library Company of Philadelphia
Madeleine Viljoen, Curator of Prints, New York Public Library: "The Immateriality of Ornament"
Julie Davis, Professor, History of Art, University of Pennsylvania. “Printing the Pleasure Quarter, in Full-color and Monochrome: Utamaro’s  Annual Events of the ‘Azure Towers,’ Illustrated (Seirō ehon nenjū gyōji)”


Saturday, April 1, 2017
kislak center for special collections Class of 1978 orrery pavilion, van pelt library, 6th floor

1:15-1:45pm—Tour of the Steven Miller Conservation Laboratory, 5th floor of Van Pelt Library, led by Margy E. Meyerson Head of Conservation Sarah Reidell. 

1:45-4:15—Case Studies IV
Moderator: Roger Chartier, Professor, Collège de France/Annenberg Visiting Professor, History, University of Pennsylvania
Jennifer Roberts, Elizabeth Cary Agassiz Professor of the Humanities, History of Art, Harvard University: “The Metamorphic Press: Jasper Johns and the Monotype”
Barbara Heritage, Associate Director & Curator of Collections, Rare Book School at the University of Virginia: “Charlotte Brontë’s “Chinese Fac-similes”: A Comparative Approach to Interpreting the Materials of Authorial Labor and Artistic Process”
Michael Gaudio, Professor, Art History, University of Minnesota: “The Incarnate Book: Scripture and Materiality at Little Gidding”

4:15-4:45—Coffee break 

4:45-5:30: Conversation

This moderated panel conversation will seek to clarify and propose answers to the guiding questions of this symposium: what characterizes the current interest in materiality; what rifts between materiality studies in the academy and object-based study in the museum exist; how might a better understanding of these methodological issues lead to more productive conversations and future collaborations? 

Sarah Guérin, Assistant Professor, History of Art, University of Pennsylvania
Shelley Langdale, Associate Curator of Prints and Drawings, Philadelphia Museum of Art
Will Noel, Director, Kislak Center for Special Collections, University of Pennsylvania
Douglas Fordham, Associate Professor, History of Art, University of Virginia

5:30-6:00pm—Closing discussion with the audience.

6:00pm - Reception in the Kislak Center for Special Collections