Global Encounters in Early America explores the international visual culture that circulated in America before 1840. The central questions are: what did early Americans know about the rest of the world, and how did interactions with other cultures make an impact on American arts?
April 3-5, 2014The College of the Holy Cross and the American Antiquarian SocietyWorcester, Massachusetts
Please join us and bring your students to this international conference and exhibition. Early registration is now open, $5 for students, $20 for others until March 31. Rates go up April 1!
The conference coincides with an exhibition in the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery at Holy Cross. The exhibition includes printed materials—maps, voyage narratives, and illustrated travels, along with decorative arts including Chinese and English silks and ceramics, Indian cottons, Caribbean mahogany, and other materials that visually illustrate the global networks of the period. The exhibition and the conference demonstrate the impact of the global, trade-based economy of the eighteenth and early nineteenth-centuries in which Americans participated.
Please see the conference website for schedule and paper abstracts.
This symposium is sponsored by the Terra Foundation for American Art, with additional support from the J. Gerard Mears, S.J., Fund for Programming in Fine Arts at the College of the Holy Cross.
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