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Prints in Relief; Print Study Day Presented by The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Wednesday, October 6th, 2021

12:00PM ET

Print Study Day is organized annually by the Department of Drawings and Prints at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, in association with the IFPDA. The speakers will represent a range of perspectives and approaches on the theme of relief prints – woodcuts and linocuts - to offer insights into old master woodcuts as well as the media’s use by modern and contemporary artists.

Moderated by Nadine Orenstein, Drue Heinz Curator in Charge, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

"A Census of Italian Renaissance Woodcuts"
Silvia Urbini, independent scholar and co-curator of the Census of Italian Renaissance Woodcuts, Giorgio Cini Foundation, Venice

"'To Put Art to the Service of People': Elizabeth Catlett and Prints for Black Liberation"
Melanie Herzog, Professor Emerita of Art History at Edgewood College, and Senior Lecturer in Afro-American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

"Linocuts: Making and Meaning"
Rachel Mustalish, Conservator, Sherman Fairchild Center for Works on Paper and Photograph Conservation, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Linocuts, also called linoleum or lino prints are a unique 20 th century medium that developed a
particular visual language due to both the materials used in the printing process and the artistic
climate in which they flourished. This talk will look at the techniques artists use to make linocuts
and how the inks, papers, and printing methods contribute to the appearance of the final print.

Contextualizing the prints, including printmaking artifacts, within the aesthetics of a place or
period further adds to the understanding of linocuts as works of art.

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