Material World Conference at Peabody Essex Museum

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on February 10, 2012

From the PEM:

A Material World: The Art and Culture of Global Connections
Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, 22 March 2012

Join us for a dynamic symposium that explores how the global movement of objects — luxury goods, traded commodities and diplomatic gifts — created an increasingly interconnected world from the 1500s to the 1800s. How did these works shape people’s ideas about the wider world? What can these works continue to tell us about early global networks? Nine international speakers focus on different cross-cultural connections in this daylong program highlighting works of art from PEM’s collection.

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Donna Pierce (Denver Art Museum), Chinese Export Silk and Porcelain in Colonial Mexico

Daniel Finamore (Peabody Essex Museum), Mexican Featherwork Fan for the Spanish Market, Early 1600s

Susan Stronge (Victoria and Albert Museum, London), Foreign Luxuries at the Mughal Court

Giorgio Riello (Warwick University), Portrait of Two English Boys in Asian Clothing by Tilly Kettle, 1780s

Jean Michel Massing (University of Cambridge, England), Luso-African Ivories: A New Provenance

Karina Corrigan (Peabody Essex Museum), Chinese Export Lacquer and Enamel Furniture, 1730s

Timon Screech (School for Oriental and African Studies, London), Linnaeus and the Origin of Japanese Numismatics

Christina Hellmich (Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco), Alaskan Overcoat Owned by the King of the Hawaiian Islands, Given to PEM before 1821

Anne Gerritsen (Warwick University, England), Things in Global Context: Mr Nobody Comes Home

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Tilly Kettle (1734-1786), "Portrait of Two English Boys in Asian Clothing," 1780s (Peabody Essex Museum)

This daylong program concludes with a cocktail reception. Registrants will also have the opportunity to attend PEM’s mid-winter Evening Party and opening for FreePort [No. 005]: Michael Lin following the reception. Learn more about FreePort [No. 005]: Michael Lin

Reservations by March 15
Members $85, nonmembers $95, students with ID $20
For more information, call 978-542-1625 or email symposium@pem.org

Related lecture — Timothy Brook, Vermeer’s Hat: The Seventeenth Century and the Dawn of the Global World, Wednesday, March 21.

A Material World: The Art and Culture of Global Connections  is sponsored in part by a grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK). The AHRC grant has funded a two-year international academic partnership exploring global commodities and the material culture of early modern connections, 1400-1800. Partner institutions include Warwick University, Coventry, England; The Victoria and Albert
Museum, London, England; Bilgi University, Istanbul, Turkey; and the
Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, USA.

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