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Rethinking "Pictorialism": American Art and Photography from 1895 to 1925

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Rethinking "Pictorialism": American Art and Photography from 1895 to 1925

Time: October 20, 2017 at 1pm to October 21, 2017 at 6pm
Location: 101 McCormick Hall, Princeton University
City/Town: Princeton, NJ
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Phone: 609-258-0914
Event Type: symposium
Organized By: Anne McCauley
Latest Activity: Aug 3, 2017

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“Pictorialism,” as a loosely constituted, international movement advocating photography’s assimilation into the traditional fine arts, succeeded to the extent that it fostered widespread acceptance of the medium as “art” prior to World War I, but failed in the post-war period as its aesthetic agenda was condemned as antimodernist, agrarian, bourgeois, and imitative of outmoded, idealizing paintings. This two-day international symposium reconsiders and complicates the stylistic goals, methods, influences, politics, and social networks of American photographers who identified as “pictorialists” and yet produced works ranging from book and magazine illustrations to fashion photographs and from atmospheric, hand-manipulated gum prints to sharp-focus gelatin silver prints. 

The symposium is FREE but you must register online to guarantee a seat. See link below or consult Dept. of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University website.

The symposium is organized in conjunction with the exhibition, Clarence H. White and His World: The Art and Craft of Photography, 1895-1925, on display at the Princeton University Art Museum from October 7, 2017–January 7, 2018 and traveling to the Davis Museum,.

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