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When:
April 3, 2019 @ 8:15 am – 12:45 pm UTC Timezone
2019-04-03T08:15:00+00:00
2019-04-03T12:45:00+00:00
Where:
The Library Company of Philadelphia
1314 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107, Philadelphia
PA 19107
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Library Company of Philadelphia

Stylish Books Symposium


Wednesday, April 3, 2019


The Stylish Books: Designing Philadelphia Furniture exhibition examines the Library Company’s collection related to furniture making in Philadelphia, illustrating the influence of books and showing style changes over time. Printed designs spread new ideas. Artisans, as well as their patrons, relied on books as a way to learn about the latest fashions in interior decoration. Books, periodicals, and advertisements generated consumer desire for these goods.  The symposium will further explore and expand on how printed books impacted and inspired furniture design and style. Participants will enjoy talks from expert scholars and have an opportunity to view the exhibition. We hope to encourage and stimulate thought and conversation on this topic. Join us for an exciting day of research and discovery.


More about the Symposium 




Schedule:


8:15-9:00AM:


Registration and light breakfast


9-9:15AM:


Welcome


Dr. Michael Barsanti, Edwin Wolf 2nd Director, Library Company of Philadelphia


Linda August, Curator of Art & Artifacts, Library Company of Philadelphia


9:15-10:15AM:


Keynote address


The Divergent Paths of Two Masters of British 18th-Century Design, Thomas Johnson and Thomas Sheraton


Brock Jobe, Professor Emeritus of American Decorative Arts, Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library


10:15-10:45AM:


Break


10:45-12PM:


Chippendale’s Director. The Rise of Print and Promotion in 18th-Century England


Femke Speelberg, Associate Curator of Historic Ornament, Design and Architecture in the Department of Drawings & Prints, Metropolitan Museum of Art


Thomas Chippendale’s Director in America: Popularity, Parody, and Perseverance


Alyce Englund, Assistant Curator of American Decorative Arts, Metropolitan Museum of Art


12-12:45


From Design Book to Design–The Philadelphia Cabinetmakers’ Companions and Guides, 1750-1800


Alexandra Kirtley, Montgomery-Garvan Curator of American Decorative Arts, Philadelphia Museum of Art


Final Remarks


Lunch on your own


More about the Speakers.






This exhibition and programming is supported in part by the Center for American Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art; Freeman’s; and Jay Robert Stiefel.

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