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Lines of Inquiry: Learning from Rembrandt's Etchings
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 Export to Your Calendar 9/23/2017 to 12/17/2017
When: Saturday, September 23, 2017
Where: Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York 
United States
Contact: Andrew Weislogel

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Lines of Inquiry: Learning from Rembrandt’s Etchings

Exhibition at Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
September 23–December 17, 2017

Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio
February 6–May 13, 2018

Treasured for their innovation and their perceptive portrayal of the human psyche, Rembrandt’s etchings have long inspired curatorial research, technical investigation, and multidisciplinary teaching approaches in university and college art collections in the United States, edifying generations of emerging scholars. Through consideration of connoisseurship, reception, and the history of collection-building as well as increasingly quantitative approaches, this multifaceted exhibition will highlight both the scope and the subtlety of Rembrandt as an etcher who employed a wide range of subject matter, process, and materials. More than sixty impressions from across Rembrandt’s oeuvre will offer a range of subject matter, state groupings, and printing supports, including portraiture, genre scenes, religious narratives, landscapes, study plates, and nudes. Loans highlight the holdings of various academic collections—including those of Cornell, Harvard, Princeton, Syracuse, and Yale Universities, Oberlin and Vassar Colleges, and the University of Kansas—as well as the Morgan Library & Museum and private collections.

The accompanying catalogue will incorporate new research and initiatives that examine the status of the printmaker, including an overview of Rembrandt print collecting by American academic collections, a documented account of Oberlin’s secret guardianship of the Morgan Library & Museum’s Rembrandt prints during World War II, and an introduction to Cornell’s Watermark Identification in Rembrandt’s Etchings (WIRE) project, a collaboration among museum staff, faculty, and students dedicated to digitally facilitating access to Rembrandt watermark scholarship.

Lines of Inquiry has been curated jointly by Andrew C. Weislogel, the Seymour R. Askin, Jr. ’47 Curator of Earlier European and American Art at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, and Andaleeb Badiee Banta, Curator of European & American Art at the Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College.

Symposium: “Learning and Teaching with Rembrandt: Cross-Disciplinary Approaches to the Master Etcher”
Sunday, October 29 at the Johnson Museum

The symposium is themed to examine how both pedagogical approaches and increased watermarks data for Rembrandt’s prints can be used along with traditional connoisseurship to answer questions about Rembrandt as a printmaker—and raise new ones. Speakers will address how cross-disciplinary projects and collaborative research in academic collections can inspire new methods of learning and extend the reach of existing knowledge about Rembrandt’s practice. A panel discussion will explore the teaching of Rembrandt’s prints from a variety of perspectives in different settings, including the university, the encyclopedic museum, and the conservation studio.

Presenters will include:

Erik Hinterding, Curator of Prints, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Susan Donahue Kuretsky, Professor of Art on the Sarah Gibson Blanding Chair, Vassar College
Nadine Orenstein, Drue Heinz Curator in Charge, Department of Drawings and Prints, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Margaret Holben Ellis, Eugene Thaw Professor of Paper Conservation, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
Elizabeth Nogrady, Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Academic Programs, Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College
C. Richard Johnson, Jr., Jacobs Fellow in Computational Arts and Humanities, Cornell Tech, New York, and Geoffrey S. M. Hedrick Senior Professor of Engineering, Cornell University
Stephanie S. Dickey, Bader Chair in Northern Baroque Art, Queen’s University

(Complete schedule and talk topics to be announced.)

At Cornell, major funding for the exhibition has been provided by Dale Reis Johnson and Dick Johnson; Seymour R. Askin, Jr.; Nelson Schaenen, Jr., and Nancy Schaenen; and Joseph W. Simon and Ernest F. Steiner in honor of Vera C. Simon. Additional support has been provided by Malcolm and Karen Whyte, and a gift endowed in memory of Elizabeth Miller Francis ’47. Support for the symposium has been provided by Ronni Lacroute. At Oberlin, support for the exhibition has been provided by the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation and the Robert Lehman Foundation, Inc. Additional support has been provided by Maryan and Chuck Ainsworth, Elaine A. Bridges, Andrew Butterfield and Claire Schiffman, Pamela and James Elesh, Sarah G. (Sally) Epstein and Donald Collins, Suzanne Hellmuth and Jock Reynolds, Brian and Mary Kennedy, Donald Oresman, Betsy Pinover Schiff, Deborah and Andy Scott, Katherine Solender and Willie Katzin, Sietske and Herman Turndorf, Gloria Werner, the John H. and Marjorie Fox Wieland AMAM Support Fund, and the Friends of Art Fund.


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