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Thursday, 28 September 2023

Dear reader,

We hope you had a lovely summer and are ready for the cozy autumn to come. We have selected some splendid exhibitions, job calls and other opportunities for you this first News Corner of the new academic year.


#Cambridge The Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge just opened 'Black Atlantic: Power, People, Resistance'. Bringing together collections from across the University of Cambridge’s museums, libraries and colleges with loans from around the world, the show asks new questions about Cambridge’s role in the transatlantic slave trade and looks at how objects and artworks have influenced history and perspectives.

#TheHague Just a few more days! The Man Who Discovered Escher: Samuel Jessurun de Mesquita in the Escher in the Palace in The Hague. It is 125 years since Maurits Cornelis Escher (1898-1972) was born. Escher is a celebrated artist, but this would not have been the case had it not been for his mentor and good friend Samuel Jessurun de Mesquita (1868-1944). The striking work of De Mesquita hangs alongside that of his most famous pupil. Until 1 October.

#Leiden Visit the Japan Museum Sieboldhuis in Leiden for the exhibition Japan on a Glass Plate. 19th Century Photographs from the Kurokawa Collection. The exhibition offers a unique insight into Japan in the late 19th century. The collection has never been shown before and is one of the most important and extensive private collections of Meiji photography in the world. Until 3 March 2024.

#Coburg At Kunstsammlungen der Veste Coburg you can go visit 'Die Ordnung der Dinge. Graphische Serien erklären die Welt' until October 8. The show features the four elements, the four continents, the five senses, the seven liberal arts, the seven virtues and the seven vices.

#Mettingen On view from 15 October in the Draiflessen Collection in Mettingen: Storytelling – The Narrative Power of Printmaking. The exhibition shows how printmaking, with its particular narrative form, helped to make images and the stories they contained accessible to a wider public. Motifs and depictions were increasingly devoted to profane themes, even though the artists and art of the time were still strongly influenced by religion.

#Dresden On view until 8 October in the Kupferstich Kabinett, Dresden: Connecting Worlds. Artists & Travel. Why did artists travel? What did they take with them? With whom did they travel and meet? How did they record their journey? Addressing such questions, the exhibition invites visitors on their own creative journey by confronting them with prints and drawings by major artists, amongst them Albrecht Dürer, Hans Holbein the Younger, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Maria Sibylla Merian, and Angelika Kauffmann.

#Basel In the Kunstmuseum Basel you can go see Andrea Büttner. The Heart of Relations. The exhibition shows large-scale wood engravings, etchings, books, glass objects, video installations and textile. On show until 1 October 2023.

#Chantilly From 14 October in Musée Condé at Chateau de Chantilly: Beyond Rembrandt – Prints from the Dutch Golden Age. Challenging the French proverb according to which “nothing grows in the shadow of a great tree”, this exhibition presents Dutch print masterpieces from the 17th century that are too often overshadowed by the magnificent yet overpowering figure of Rembrandt.

#Venice The exhibition L’orizzonte degli eventi (Event horizon) is on show until 7 January 2024 at Le Stanze della Fotografia. The photo's bear witness to the conflicts of the contemporary world but also to the effects of climate change through the images of one of the most important living Italian photographers Paolo Pellegrin.

#Chicago Until 15 October in the Art Institute Chicago: Ghosts and Demons in Japanese Prints. Supernatural beings have always been common features in Japanese legends, prints, and Kabuki theater. The prints on view in this exhibition capture common Japanese folk tales as well as their Kabuki adaptations from the early 18th-century to the last years of the 19th century.

#Chicago At the Newberry Library you can go see the exhibit: Seeing race before race. Explore the roots of race from the Middle Ages to 1800. On show until December 30.

#Cleveland Until 29 October in The Cleveland Art Museum: Love Gardens / Forbidden Fruit. Ranging from the Garden of Eden and courtly love gardens to the biblical deluge, the 60 works on paper in this exhibition highlight humankind’s fraught but interdependent relationship with the natural world.

#NY At Print Center New York you can go see 'Model Workshop: Margaret Lowengrund and the Contemporaries' until 23 December 2023. Lowengrund was the first woman to open her own printmaking workshop in the United States; a visionary leader, organizer and critic within the mid-twentieth century New York printmaking community; and a driving force behind the revival of artistic lithography.

#NY In the Museum of Modern Art New York, the exhibition 'Ed Ruscha / Now Then' just opened. It is a large retrospective featuring about 250 works. His body of work influenced generations of artists, architects, designers, and writers.

#NY In conjunction with the special exhibition Manet/Degas at the MET, the prints and drawings installation shows a group of prints and drawings made in Paris around the turn of the nineteenth century explores the dichotomies of life in the city between the so-called beau monde and the lower classes.


#job The British Museum seeks a IMAF Project Curator: Netherlandish Drawings. The postholder will support the Netherlandish Drawings research and exhibition project team, working closely with the Lead Curator in the development and delivery of the exhibition and publication. DL: 13 October.

#job The Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, is looking for a Head of Special Collections. Special Collections at the Wesleyan University is made up of over 45,000 volumes of rare books ranging from medieval manuscript codices and early printed books to 21st-century fine press books. It holds materials in multiple formats, including books, pamphlets, broadsides, and maps. It also maintains a strong collection of over 1,000 artists’ books with one highlight being those on social justice and related issues. Review of applications will begin on 13 October.

#job Princeton University Library (PUL) is seeking two candidates for the position of Rare Books Cataloging Librarian. The position reports to the Leader of the Rare Books Cataloging Team and actively supports the teaching and research mission of Princeton University by providing timely and accurate access to PUL collections through the creation and maintenance of bibliographic, holdings, and authority records for special collections. Apply here.

#job #curator The Corporation of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (COFAM) is seeking a curator for the Achenbach Foundation of Graphic Arts. The vacancy is open until filled. Apply here!

#prize #drawings Submissions are now being accepted for the 6th Annual Ricciardi Prize of $5,000! The award is given to the best new and unpublished article on a drawing topic (of any period) by a scholar under the age of 40. The winning submission will be published in a 2024 issue of Master Drawings. DL: 15 November 2023.

#prize The American Historical Print Collectors Society is now offering two Ewell L. Newman awards to recognize shorter works published in journals and edited volumes. Essays between 3,000 and 10,000 words will be considered. DL: 1 December 2023.

#grants The Getty Research Institute announced the theme for residential grants and fellowships for pre-docs, post-docs, and scholars at the Getty Center and Villa for the 2024/25 academic year: Extinction. Applications are due by October 2, 2023.


#cfp #photography École du Louvre and Musée du Louvre are calling for applications for their doctoral workshop on the subject of Museum and Photography. The workshop organised by the two institutions in 2024 will examine the multiplicity of uses of photography in the museum, as a documentary medium, artistic object and tool to disseminate knowledge. DL: 22 October.

#opportunity to publish: The Journal Master Drawings is seeking submissions of articles on modern and contemporary drawings. Essays published on 20th and 21st century drawings are among their journal's most downloaded articles, thousands of times per year. On average, the length of an article ranges from 2500 to 8000 words, with five to twenty illustrations. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis. Further information can be found here. Articles may be sent directly to:


#symposium You can register for the symposium Photomechanical Prints: History, Technology, Aesthetics, and Use in the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC. The symposium takes place between 31 October and 2 November.

#Dutch&Flemish #studyday On October 26 a study-day held in Dutch at M Leuven, organised by Faro with our own president Elisabeth Bracke as one of the speakers. Many AG members signed up already: Find your way to a ticket here.


#award Have you heard what book won this year's (2023) IFPDA Foundation Book Award? Congratulation dr. Maureen Warren on: 'Paper Knives Paper Crowns: Political Prints in the Dutch Republic'. IFPDA hosts an online event around this publication and achievement on October 3.

#award American Historical Print Collectors Society awarded their annual book prize to: Imperfect History: Curating the Graphic Arts Collection at Benjamin Franklin’s Public Library. (Philadelphia, PA: The Library Company of Philadelphia, 2021), a book curated by Curated by Sarah Weatherwax, Erika Piola, and Kinaya Hassane.


See you next month!

The News Corner Team,

Iris Louwersheimer &

Marte Sophie Meessen

AG communication coordinators


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