Come with me to discover treasures in Philadelphia’s special collections! You’ll get special behind-the-scenes tours of Philadelphia institutions, where you’ll see fine art prints and printed ephemera, not normally available to the public. Together we’ll look at prints from the past, learn how they were made, and learn how they are relevant to us today. The history of printmaking will come to life as we discover up close how artists used print processes like lithography, screenprinting, and etching to make art and communicate ideas.
The Library Company of Philadelphia
May 22, 2014 10:00 am – 12 noon
The Library Company is an independent research library specializing in American history and culture from the 17th through the 19th centuries. Open to the public free of charge, the Library Company houses an extensive collection of rare books, manuscripts, broadsides, ephemera, prints, photographs, and works of art. Founded in 1731 by Benjamin Franklin, the Library Company is America’s oldest cultural institution and served as the Library of Congress from the Revolutionary War to 1800. The Library Company was the largest public library in America until the Civil War.
The Print Center
June 5, 2014 10:00 am – 12 noon
The Print Center’s mission is to support printmaking and photography as vital contemporary arts and encourage the appreciation of the printed image in all its forms. Recent exhibitions have featured the work of Kara Walker, Jerry Uelsmann, John Coplans, Kerry James Marshall, Nancy Spero and Leon Golub, Ann Hamilton, Vera Lutter, Abelardo Morell and Doug and Mike Starn.