The University of Arizona Museum of Art and Archive of Visual Arts

The Cultural Politics of Prints:

Hendrick Goltzius (after Dirck Barendsz) The Venetian Ball, 1584

The 2007-2008 Samuel H. Kress Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship Exhibition

October 30, 2008 – February 22, 2009

Curated by Dr. Christina Lindeman, the 2008 Samuel H. Kress Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow, this exhibition brings to fruition a year-long research project that examines a selection of Old Master prints from the UAMA collections and brings new contextual information to bear on their meaning.

The concept of intellectual property is of tremendous importance in contemporary life, particularly in the age of the Internet, when an idea or image can be transmitted instantly to millions of people around the globe. In fact, today, the sense that we must protect the products of our intellectual labor seems second nature. This was not always the case. The definitions of intellectual property rights and the legal mechanisms that protect them have evolved and changed over time. The Cultural Politics of Prints explores the birth and early development of such mechanisms, and the political, social, and economic interests that drove them, specifically as they pertain to the world of printmaking.

Featured artists include Giorgio Ghisi, Ugo da Carpi, Albrecht Dürer, Philip Galle, Hendrick Goltzius, and Ernst Ludwig Riepenhausen, among others.

The Cultural Politics of Prints is supported by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program.


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