Current and Upcoming Events

The Visual Culture Program (VCP) is an integral part of the Library Company’s public outreach. Initiatives include the exhibitions Common Touch: The Art of the Senses in the History of the Blind, Ephemera Online, and Philadelphia on Stone: the First Fifty Years of Commercial Lithography in Philadelphia, 1828-1878.

VCP has hosted scholarly symposiums exploring early American advertising and the role of ephemera in our popular culture; an artist-in-residence intern creatively inspired by our juvenilia collections; and presentations by historians, curators, and artists on topics that include the visual politics of the woman suffrage movement, the history of scrapbooking, and the lithographic printing process.

Below are our upcoming Visual Culture Program events. For a full list of upcoming Library Company Events, please visit our events calendar.


25jan5:30 pm6:30 pmHidden History with Kwasi Hope AgyemangMember Event


24feb5:30 pm7:00 pmVIRTUAL: Reading the Library Company’s Graphic Arts Collection: A Conversation with Librarian Emily GuthrieFree & Virtual


25mar8:00 am5:15 pmVIRTUAL: Collecting, Curating, and Consuming American Popular Graphic Arts Yesterday and TodayFree & Virtual


28apr5:30 pm7:00 pmDressing Up: The Women Who Influenced French FashionFree & Virtual


26may5:30 pm7:00 pmThe Caregivers: A Photography Project Addressing Emotional and Physical Labor During a PandemicFree & Hybrid