Welcome and Overview
Illustration and Race: Rethinking the History of Published Images
Stephanie Haboush Plunkett, Deputy Director/Chief Curator, Norman Rockwell Museum; Imprinted: Illustrating RaceCo-Curator
7:10p.m. to 7:30p.m.
Contemporary Paths to History: Reflections on Illustration and Race
Robyn Phillips-Pendleton, Professor of Visual Communications, Department of Art and Design, University of Delaware, Newark; Acting Chair of MFA Illustration Practice, MICA; Imprinted: Illustrating Race Co-Curator
Opening Panel: 7:30 p.m. to 8:45p.m.
HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT: ILLUSTRATED CERAMICS AND AMERICAN IDENTITY
Panelists: Leslie Ferrin, Elizabeth Alexander, Jacqueline Bishop, Judy Chartrand, Niki Johnson, and Paul Scott.
Hidden in plain sight, illustrations on porcelain and ceramic ware have, throughout history, transformed functional objects into message-bearers for a wide range of political and propagandistic causes, whether exchanged by heads of state or acquired for use or display in domestic settings. Leslie Ferrin of Ferrin Contemporary will discuss the imagery, drawn from popular nineteenth century prints, that was reproduced on widely distributed ceramics portraying historical events, indigenous people, and notable explorers, inventors, and politicians through a white European lens. The panel will explore how these seemingly ordinary objects, including Rockwell collector plates, have helped to establish firmly held beliefs about American identity. Artists Elizabeth Alexander, Jacqueline Bishop, Judy Chartrand, Niki Johnson, and Paul Scott, will discuss contemporary ceramics, which reject systems of racial oppression and invite reconsideration of the sanitized version of history that was presented for generations.