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September 26, 2019 @ 5:30 pm – October 24, 2019 @ 8:00 pm UTC Timezone
The Library Company of Philadelphia
1314 Locust St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107, Philadelphia
PA 19107
Library Company of Philadelphia

Mirror of a City: Images of Philadelphia, 1780 – 1950

September 26 / October 10 / October 24

5:30pm – 8:00pm

Led By:

Erika Piola, Director of the Visual Culture Program and Sarah Weatherwax, Curator of Print and Photographs

Library Company of Philadelphia

The Print and Photograph Department at the Library Company of Philadelphia holds one of the few public historical, American popular graphic arts collections in the country. With a focus on the visual history of Philadelphia from the era of the early nation through post-World War II, the graphics materials chronicle the evolution of the city and the story of their creators, collectors, and distributors like few others. In this seminar Library Company curators, Sarah Weatherwax and Erika Piola will provide a sensory journey of the Library’s premiere collection of prints, photographs, drawings, watercolors, maps, and ephemera depicting the city as it developed over three centuries from port city to urban metropolis.

The three-part seminar will examine the pivotal role of Philadelphia in creating the visual culture of the nation as a center for printmaking, photography, and collecting. Sessions will explore the social, cultural, and technological influences affecting Philadelphia image making; the known, hidden, and forgotten image makers; and the changing aesthetics of the physical city, as well as tastes of those who notably collected all manner of Philadelphia imagery. Seminar attendees will also gain knowledge about the evolution of the Library’s graphic collections, as well as have hands-on experiences with specimens of early photography, including daguerreotypes and stereographs.

To pay by check contact Clarissa Lowry, Program & Events Coordinator, at or 215-546-3181, ext. 130. For more information about the seminar series, contact Will Fenton, Director of Scholarly Innovation, at or 215-546-3181, ext. 119.

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