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2009 Conference

Destined for Men:
Visual Materials for Male Audiences, 1750 - 1880

Three Graces

October 16-17, 2009
Worcester, Massachusetts

Through the emergence of women's studies programs in academic institutions in the past generation or two, many aspects of women's lives have been documented through publications and academic courses. The third conference of the Center for Historic American Visual Culture focuses not on women but on men. Looking at examples of visual materials of and for men is a way to look at a different gendered audience. In the literature on American graphic materials, little has been written about the audience for historical images. The papers presented at this conference begin to address this need.

The presentations by scholars from a variety of disciplines address images of the male body, public portraiture, prints and illustrations for male audiences, boxing, erotica, using drawings as examples of friendship among men, and men and fashion advertisements. Speakers include curators, librarians, historians, art historians, and literary scholars.

Joshua Brown, executive director of the American Social History Project, located in the Graduate Center of The City University of New York, will present "Catching His Eye: The Sporting Male Pictorial Press in the Gilded Age," the Twenty-Seventh James Russell Wiggins Lecture in the Program in the History of the Book in American Culture at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, October 16. A reception will follow.

Between the final session and the Wiggins Lecture, there will be time to view selected materials from the graphic arts collection in the Council Room in Antiquarian Hall.


1 p.m.
Opening remarks, Antiquarian Hall, AAS

Session 1: The Male Body


3:30-5 p.m.
Session 2: Male Spaces

6 p.m.

Twenty-Seventh Annual James Russell Wiggins Lecture in the Program in the History of the Book in American Culture
"Catching His Eye: The Sporting Male Pictorial Press in the Gilded Age,"
by Joshua Brown, Executive Director, American Social History Project, The Graduate Center, City University of New York.

A reception will follow.

9 a.m.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Salisbury Laboratories

Session 3: Objects and Empire


11:00 - 12:30 p.m.
Session 4: Work & Play

Lunch 12:30-1:30 p.m.

1:30-3 p.m.
Session 5: Public/Private


3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Session 6: For Men's Eyes



The registration fee is $65; the graduate student registration fee is $30. The cost of Saturday lunch is $12.

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A block of rooms has been reserved at the Courtyard by Marriott, 72 Grove Street, Worcester, 508 363-0300. To take advantage of the discounted rate, please mention your attendance at the CHAVIC conference sponsored by AAS. The cut-off date is Thursday, September 24, 2009. Rates are: king $89 and queen/queen $99. State and local tax apply currently 12.45%

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For more information, contact:

Georgia B. Barnhill
Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Graphic Arts
Director, Center for Historic American Visual Culture
American Antiquarian Society
(508) 471-2173

Conference Committee

Bruce Laurie, Chair
Georgia B. Barnhill
Robin Bernstein
Joshua Brown
Daria D'Arienzo
Joshua Greenberg
Nancy J. Siegel