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Glenn Ligon, Double America, 2012, neon and paint, Gift of Agnes Gund, 2013.37.1

Contact: Art and the Pull of Print, Lecture 2: “Reversal”

Jennifer L. Roberts, Harvard University

A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts

  • Sunday, May 2, 2021
  • 8:00 a.m.
  • Virtual

The material and spatial changes of the printmaking process and their social and conceptual implications will be discussed in this lecture series.

Every predigital print process produces some form of reversal—the entire history of printing is based on the reversal of information. Making prints thus requires a certain backwardness; the capacity to imagine things from the other side is compulsory. This is especially true for artists using text. An attunement to reversibility allows for unique ways of exploring communication and confrontation in bodily space.

Each lecture will premiere at the date and time listed on the Contact: Art and the Pull of Print web page and will remain there for public viewing. These programs are free and open to the public and designed for anyone interested in art and art history. No art or art history background is required. Ages 18 and up. No registration is required.