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Conference in Salem, Massachusetts
November 19 & 20, 2010

American participation in global trade increased dramatically during the Early Republic. American ships brought back objects and images from China, India, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, the Philippines, and other parts of the Pacific world. The result was a more international American visual culture. Presentations will discuss the impact of global trade from the 1780s to the 1850s on all aspects of visual art production, including architecture, painting, sculpture, furniture, ceramics, fabrics, and clothing.

An exhibition of engravings from richly illustrated geographies, travel narratives, and natural histories, will be on display at the Salem Athenaeum, where we will hold our opening reception. On the day after the conference, attendees will have opportunities for museum and architectural tours, including Federal period homes and the extensive galleries of Asian export arts on view at the Peabody Essex Museum.

Because Salem was a major player in post-Revolutionary international trade, and because its waterfront, city plan, and architecture still preserve much of the Federal period character, the city is an ideal location for this conference. Historical sites are mingled with modern museums, collections from which display an outstanding selection of the visual materials brought back during the height of this maritime trade. In addition, the city's location provides for easy access to and from Boston.

For more information, e-mail: picturing-america@salemstate.edu

Confirmed speakers include:

Ewa Borkowska, University of Silesia, Poland
Susan Branson, Syracuse University
Florina H. Capistrano-Baker, Ayala Foundation, U.S. and Philippines
Karina Corrigan, Peabody Essex Museum
Nancy Davis, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Jonathan Eacott, University of California, Riverside
Caroline Frank, Brown University
Barbara Groseclose, Ohio State University
David Jaffee, Bard Graduate Center
Elizabeth Hutchinson, Barnard College/Columbia University
Alan Wallach, The College of William and Mary and Freie Unversität, Berlin
Winnie Wong, Harvard University

Project Director:
Patricia Johnston, Salem State University

Organizing Committee:
Jean Marie Procious, Salem Athenaeum
Emily Murphy, Salem Maritime National Historic Site
Jessica Lanier, Bard Graduate Center and Salem State University
Kayleigh Merritt, Salem State University
Pamela Poppe, Salem State University
Josilyn DeMarco, Salem State University


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Hosted by Salem State University, in partnership with the Salem Athenaeum, the National Park Service, and the Peabody Essex Museum

Images on this website are in the collection of the Salem Athenaeum

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