This session presents diverse case studies to help us discern paper's design and communication roles across the period of its media dominance. 

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To Weave and to Print on Paper
Caroline Fowler (Clark Art Institute)

Fowler explores early modern printed model books for woven textiles, differentiating the blank grids that appear in them from the earlier Albertian vela to which they bear some formal similarities.  

Wastepaper: Refuse and Renewal in Inflation-era Germany
Erin Maynes (Los Angeles County Museum of Art)

Maynes analyzes works by Georg Grosz and Kurt Schwitters within the framework of paper's escalating use for disposable or Ersatz objects in Germany's years of inflation (1914-23).  

Revolting Papers: Mass Mediation and the Crisis of Representation in Early Nineteenth Century Britain
Joseph Monteyne (University of British Columbia)

Monteyne considers the information explosion of early nineteenth-century British print culture that made paper "overwhelming" and even "revolting." 

Thinking with paper: Douglas Leigh’s evanescent advertising propositions
Jennifer A. Greenhill (University of Arkansas School of Art/Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art)

Greenhill looks at Douglas Leigh's mid-twentieth-century designs using cut, torn and colored pages from magazines for large rooftop electrical spectacular signage. 
Veronica Peselmann (USC) will respond.


This event is part of the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute's "On Paper 2020-2021" seminar series. Co-sponsored by the Levan Institute for the Humanities Working Group, “Books, Writing, and Community" and the USC Visual Studies Research Institute. 

For more information see the event flyer,  or contact seminar leader, Lisa Pon 


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