2014 CHAViC Summer Seminar
The Art of Science and Technology, 1750-1900
Sunday, July 13-Thursday, July 17
The Center for Historic American Visual Culture (CHAViC) encourages and facilitates the use and understanding of popular images by scholars in a variety of disciplines including American studies, history, art and architectural history, English, gender studies, literature, religion, theatre, and environmental studies. The 2014 Summer Seminar, The Art of Science and Technology, 1750-1900, will be held Sunday, July 13 through Thursday, July 17, at the American Antiquarian Society, 185 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA.
The 2014 seminar will take a broad and inclusive view of science and technology in the era before academic and corporate institutions came to dominate both. In addition to the formal disciplines of scientific inquiry pursued by “gentlemen of science”—botany, geology, medicine and the like—we will also consider the popularity of science and pseudo-science in public life, along with the practical applications of scientific knowledge in everyday life, such as gardening and cooking, especially by women. By the same token, our notion of technology includes both the large, transformative developments—factories and railroads, for instance—and also the smaller, more immediate technologies of the home and artisan’s shop, including the technologies of art and science themselves. The goal of the seminar is to help participants see science and technology in the ways American people might have done before 1900, and to bring those lessons in “how to look” and an array of related visual materials to their research and teaching.
Through workshops and lectures the seminar will allow participants first-hand access to the rich collections of eighteenth and nineteenth-century prints, photographs, book illustrations, periodicals, newspapers, maps, sheet music covers, and ephemera of all kinds at AAS. The seminar will include a field trip to an historic site exploring the American Industrial Revolution.
Sunday, July 13
|10:00|| Meet at Antiquarian Hall (AH), 185 Salisbury Street
Welcome and Introductions
Nan Wolverton, Director, CHAViC, AAS
|10:30|| Orienting the Week
Seminar Leader: Gregory Nobles, Professor of History; Director, Honors Program, Georgia Institute of Technology
|11:00||Tour of the library, Antiquarian Hall (AH)|
|12:00-1:15||LUNCH Goddard Daniels House (GDH), 190 Salisbury Street|
|1:30-3:00|| The Technology Behind Printmaking in America (AH)
Lauren Hewes, Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Graphic Arts, AAS
|3:30-4:30|| Visual Culture and Science (AH)
View and discuss examples from the collection
Greg Nobles and Nan Wolverton
|5:00-8:00||Reception followed by Dinner at the Goddard Daniels House (GDH)|
Monday, July 14
|9:00-10:30||Introduction to AAS Online Resources and the Reading Room; Meet the Curators (Orientation Room, AH)|
|10:45-11:45|| The Labor of Art (GDH)
|1:30-3:00||Demonstration on ambrotypes & tintypes (GDH)|
|3:15-5:00||Research on your own in the Library|
Tuesday, July 15
|9:00||Depart for Tower Hill Botanic Gardens, Boylston, MA|
|9:30-10:30||From Forest to Fashion: American Botanicals and Material Culture
Guest faculty: Susan Branson, Professor of History, Syracuse University
|11:00||Visit Tower Hill Library to view collections|
|1:30-2:30||Ornithological Gothic: John James Audubon and the Tale of the Golden Eagle
|2:30||Return to AAS|
|3:00-5:00||Individual consultations with Greg Nobles, Susan Branson, and AAS staff|
|5:30||Dinner or cookout on the Goddard-Daniels patio|
Wednesday, July 16
|9:00- 10:00||Workshop: The Visual Culture of Millwork and Technology|
|10:15||Depart for Lowell National Historic Park, Lowell, MA|
|11:00||Tour of Boote Museum, Weave Room Walk Through|
|12:30-1:30||LUNCH (bag lunch provided)|
|1:45-2:15||Tour of Boardinghouse: Mill Girl Exhibit|
|2:30-4:00||Boat tour of the Canals—Exploring Lowell’s Waterpower System|
|4:00||Return to Worcester|
|5:00-8:00||Free time or research in Library|
Thursday, July 17
|9:00||Group photo (GDH)|
|9:15-10:15||Worcester Polytechnic Institute student project/AAS collaboration: Scientific American as an online resource (GDH)|
|10:30-11:50||Seminar presentations (GDH)|
|1:00-2:00||Using the Visual Culture of Science and Technology for Scholarship and Teaching: Discussion and Concluding Comments (GDH) Greg Nobles|
|2:00-5:00||Departure or research in library|
Sample of Readings for discussion during the week:
Michael Gaudio, “Surface and Depth: The Art of Early American Natural History,” in Stuffing Birds, Pressing Plants, Shaping Knowledge, ed. Sue Ann Prince (Philadelphia, 2003), pp.55-73.
Laura Rigal, “Peale’s Mammoth,” in The American Manufactory: Art, Labor, and the World of Things in the Early Republic (Princeton, 1998), pp. 91-113.
Christophe Irmscher, “Audubon at Large,” in The Poetics of Natural History: From John Bartram to William James (New Brunswick and London, 1999), pp. 188-235.
John James Audubon, “The Golden Eagle,” in Ornithological Biography, or an Account of the Habits of the Birds of the United States of America; Accompanied by Descriptions of the Objects Represented in the Work Entitled The Birds of America, and Interspersed with Delineations of American Scenery and Manners, 5 vols. (1831-1839), II, pp. 464-468; reprinted in John James Audubon: Writings and Drawings, ed. Christophe Irmscher (New York, 1999), pp. 264-268.
The Lowell Offering: Writings by New England Mill Women (1840-1945), ed. Benita Eisler.