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Session Chair: “The Chinese Material Text in Intercultural and Historiographic Perspective, Part II”

02.17.23
111th Annual Conference, College Art Association, New York, NY

Building on a session presented at the College Art Association’s 2022 Annual Conference, this session investigates the special significance of Chinese textual objects in intercultural and historiographic perspective. The surprising afterlives of ancient inscriptions, whether in stone, paper, embroidered cloth, or other materials play important roles in all four presentations. The afterlives are, however, highly…

Past Events

Presentation, “Jewish Travel Writing in the 1930s”

06.28.22
Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History, Philadelphia, PA

The New York Public Library’s extensive collection of travel books offers a perspective on what travel meant to Jews in the increasingly hostile world of the 1930s. The view from ca. 1930 sets the stage: travel accounts of the United States published in London, Riga, and elsewhere speak to curiosity about America. Descriptions of the…

Session Chair, “The Chinese Material Text in Intercultural and Historiographic Perspective”

02.19.22
110th Annual Conference, College Art Association, Hilton Chicago

Sponsored by the Bibliographical Society of America, this session investigates the special significance of Chinese textual objects in intercultural and historiographic perspective. Books include a Song dynasty catalogue of inscribed ritual artifacts from the ancient past that served to promote political legitimacy in the present, and a Japanese travel guide to China that adapted Chinese…

Presentation, “Frustrated Austrians and Their Italian Art Bibliographies: Leopoldo Cicognara and Julius von Schlosser”

04.13.21 - 04.22.21
67th Annual Meeting, Renaissance Society of America, online

Analysis of two art bibliographies written a century apart – both composed in Italy by frustrated Austrians — underlines the constitutive role of bibliography. Catalogo ragionato dei libri d’arte, published in 1821 by Leopolodo Cicognara, conveys his overriding concern with reclaiming Italy’s past glory. An enthusiast of the French Revolution, Cicognara was appointed President of…

Session Chair, “The Print in the Codex ca. 1500 to 1900”

02.10.21
109th Annual Conference, College Art Association, online

Bibliographical Society of America sponsored session, College Art Association Annual Conference: prerecorded presentations (accessible during conference); live, online discussion (10 February, noon-12:30 pm). This session considers books transformed through the incorporation of independently printed images. The session focuses on the production and reception of such books between the late fifteenth and nineteenth centuries. These books…