"Global Encounters in Early America" explores the global visual culture circulating in early America before 1840. The exhibition asks: what did early Americans know about the rest of the world, and how did interactions with other cultures make an impact on American arts? The primary focus of the exhibition is the emergence of direct trade with China, India, and the rest of Asia after the American Revolution.
Curated by Patricia Johnston, Rev. J. Gerard Mears, S.J., Chair in Fine Arts and professor of art history, with Holy Cross Curatorial Seminar students Brigit Baines ‘16, Katherine Benjamin ‘15, Caroline Fador ‘14, Abigail Hynes-Houston ‘14, Gregory Joyce ‘14, Maddie Klett ‘14 and Lily Meehan ‘14, the exhibition includes maps, atlases, engravings, and book illustrations drawn from the unparalleled collection of the American Antiquarian Society. American decorative arts from significant regional collections such as the Worcester Historical Museum, Old Sturbridge Village, the Rhode Island Historical Society, and private lenders will also be on display.
"Global Encounters" is accompanied by a diverse offering of public and academic programs that explore the visual representation of early American perceptions of global geographies, cultures, arts, and economies. Please visit www.holycross.edy/cantorartgallery for details.
Monday, February 24
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