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Evening Lecture – Fame and Photography: The Construction of Artistic Celebrity in the Late Nineteenth Century

Fame and Photography: The Construction of Artistic Celebrity in the Late Nineteenth Century
Anne McCauley, David Hunter McAlpin Professor of the History of Photography and Modern Art, Princeton University

What does it take to become famous, and how have modern technologies contributed to the very definition of celebrity? This talk will return to the 1850s, when mass-produced photographic prints from glass negatives were introduced and when the faces of the rich, talented, and powerful began to flood international markets. More particularly, how and why did visual artists elevate themselves to the pantheon of genius and exploit photography to promote their careers? Through the lens of an album compiled by prosperous Philadelphian businessman William H. Stewart, McCauley will discuss how art dealers, photographers, and journalists worked in concert to transform artists into trendsetters and their works into status symbols for nouveau riche collectors.
Free; priority seating for members until 5:40 p.m. Bob and Jean Smith Auditorium

Date

October 29, 2013
12:00am

Location

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