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Dürer & the New Age of Print to open in two weeks.

UnknownProfessor Kate Lusheck‘s Curatorial Practicum Museum Studies class worked hard all Fall to produce a student-curated, collaborative exhibition entitled Reformations: Dürer & the New Age of Print. Reformations explores the impact of the introduction of printing in Reformation Europe through engravings and woodcuts by German artist Albrecht Dürer (1472-1528), as well as early printed books from the University’s Donohue Rare Book Room.  Reformations highlights how the new production and circulation of early prints and printed books, including devotional woodcuts, humanist texts, pamphlets, and fine, collectible prints, reflects and contributed to religious and cultural change during a transformative period in Western history.

The exhibition will display the distinctive character of early sixteenth-century engravings and woodcut prints executed by Dürer. Reformations also features more than 40 early printed books, from Germany and northern Italy, c. 1465 – 1525, including a leaf from the Gutenberg Bible, an early printed Book of Hours, a complete copy of the Nuremberg Chronicles, Dürer’s illustrated geometry treatise, and the first, printed edition of Vitruvius’s On Architecture. Rare printings of early humanist texts by Dante, Machiavelli, Desiderius Erasmus, Thomas More, Luca Pacioli, and Virgil are also on display.

It will open on January 26, 2015 and remain on view until February 22.

We hope that you will join us in Thacher Gallery & Donohue Rare Book Room for a rich array of free programs and experiences to augment the extraordinary objects that will be on view.

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January 27 Opening: Scholars’ Roundtable & Reception

1:30 – 3:00 p.m., McLaren Conference Center, USF (main campus), followed by a reception in Thacher Gallery and Donohue Rare Book Room, Gleeson Library.

Introduction by Melissa Zabel, M.A. Candidate, USF Museum Studies (and one of the Student Curators for Reformations)

Roundtable Participants:

Susan B. Dackerman, Ph.D., Carl A. Weyerhaeuser Curator of Prints, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University

Elizabeth A. Honig, Ph.D., Professor of History of Art (Northern European Art), University of California, Berkeley

Katrina B. Olds, Ph.D. Associate Professor, History (Early Modern Europe), University of San Francisco

Sabrina Oliveras, M.A. Candidate, USF Museum Studies (and one of the Student Curators)

Moderated by Kate Lusheck, Ph.D., Art History (Early Modern Europe) & Museum Studies, USF

3:00-4:00 p.m. Reception

Susan Dackerman, Curator of Prints at Harvard University's Fogg Art Museum will speak as part of the opening panel discussion.

Susan Dackerman, Curator of Prints at Harvard University’s Fogg Art Museum will speak as part of the opening panel discussion.

Other exhibition programming includes:

1/29 Thacher Thursday: Chamber Music in the Thacher Gallery (USF Faculty), 12-1 p.m.

“Focus On” Lectures/Tours in the Thacher Gallery & Donohue Rare Book Room:

Unknown2/4: Renaissance Book Culture – Professor Katrina Olds (History), 1 pm.

2/5: Focus on Dürer – Professor Kate Lusheck (Art History & Museum Studies), 1 pm.

2/12: Printmaking Demonstration –  Professor Arturo Araujo (Fine Art) 12 noon.

2/19: Renaissance Typography – Professor Stuart McKee (Design) 1 pm.

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