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16apr(apr 16)11:00 am(apr 16)11:00 amFeaturedLeo Steinberg: Collector, Critic, and ScholarA free virtual symposium; registration required

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Event Details

Friday, April 16, 11:00 AM – 2:30 PM Central Time
Free; registration required.


In conjunction with the major exhibition, After Michelangelo, Past Picasso: Leo Steinberg’s Library of Prints, art historians will assess Steinberg’s scholarship and impact on the study of prints from the Renaissance to the contemporary period.

11:00 – 11:05 AM
Opening Remarks
Carter Foster, Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs and Curator of Prints and Drawings, Blanton Museum of Art

11:05 AM– 12:30 PM
The Circulating Lifeblood of Ideas: Leo Steinberg’s Library of Prints
Holly Borham, Associate Curator of Prints and Drawings, Blanton Museum of Art

Crushing It: The Flatbed Picture Plane and the Pressure of Print
Jennifer Roberts, Elizabeth Cary Agassiz Professor of the Humanities, Faculty Director for the Arts, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

12:30 – 1:00 PM

1:00 PM-2:30 PM
Lines of Fate: Leo Steinberg’s Use of Prints to Interpret Michelangelo’s Work
Bernadine Barnes, Professor of Art History, Wake Forest University

The Sexuality of Virtue in Renaissance Prints
Patricia Emison, Professor of Art and Art History, University of New Hampshire

About our Speakers

Head shot of Holly Borham, Assistant Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Blanton Museum of Art
Holly Borham is Associate Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Blanton Museum of Art, where she oversees the Julia Matthews Wilkinson Center for Prints and Drawings. At the Blanton, she curated Copies, Fakes, and Reproductions: Printmaking in the Renaissance, and coordinated the traveling exhibition, Medieval Monsters: Terrors, Aliens, Wonders. Her exhibition After Michelangelo, Past Picasso: Leo Steinberg’s Library of Prints, is on view at the Blanton from February 7 – May 9, 2021. She earned her PhD in Art and Archaeology from Princeton University, where she also interned at the Princeton University Art Museum.

Headshot of Jennifer L. Roberts
Jennifer L. Roberts is Elizabeth Cary Agassiz Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University and Faculty Director for the Arts at the Harvard Radcliffe Institute. She is an art historian with particular interests in material studies, print studies, and the history and philosophy of science. She is the author of numerous books and essays spanning American art from the 1760s to the present, including Mirror-Travels: Robert Smithson and History (2004) and Transporting Visions: The Movement of Images in Early America (2014). In 2012, she curated and wrote the catalog for Jasper Johns/In Press: The Crosshatch Works and the Logic of Print at the Harvard Art Museums, which inaugurated her ongoing interest in print studies. This spring, she is delivering the 70th Annual A.W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts for the National Gallery of Art, with a series titled Contact: Art and the Pull of Print.

Headshot of Bernadine Barnes
Bernadine Barnes is a professor of Renaissance art history at Wake Forest University. She is interested in how contemporary audiences of differing genders or social groups gain access to works of art and how contemporary viewers respond to images. She has written four books including, Michelangelo in Print (Ashgate, 2010) and most recently, Michelangelo and the Viewer in his Time (Reaktion, 2018).

Headshot of Patricia Emison
Professor at the University of New Hampshire, Patricia Emison is the author of several books on the Italian Renaissance, including The Italian Renaissance and Cultural Memory (2012) and a book on the discipline of art history, The Shaping of Art History (2008). She has organized or contributed to a number of exhibitions, most recently Myth, Allegory and Faith: The Kirk Edward Long Collection of Mannerist Prints at the Cantor Center for Visual Arts, Stanford University in 2015, and Marcantonio Raimondi and Raphael, at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, UK in 2016. Her forthcoming book, Moving Pictures and Renaissance Art History, examines film (1920-1965) as inheritor of the Renaissance challenge of pictorial narrative and also of the Renaissance invention of multiples made for the mass market.


Image Caption: Leo Steinberg, 1988, photo credit: Lisa Miller


(Friday) 11:00 am - 2:30 pm

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