New Halpern-Rogath Curatorial Seminar on View

The fruits of the Halpern-Rogath Curatorial Seminars are now on view at the University of Pennsylvania. The head of the Art History Department, David B. Brownlee, states, “There is no doubt that The Halpern-Rogath Seminars have transformed the way we teach art history at Penn.” Leslee Halpern-Rogath and David Rogath have given the Art History department's program of curatorial seminars an enormous boost. Their generosity will support many of these popular and unusual courses for years to come.
        In the seminars, undergraduate and graduate students work with faculty to study a subject and mount an exhibition in one of the University's galleries. The latest Halpern-Rogath Curatorial Seminar, “The Early Modern Painter-Etcher,” will run from April 15th to June 11, 2006.
        In the early sixteenth century, the etching process made printmaking, long the province of trained professionals or metal smiths, available to artists already famous in other fields but novices in this medium. The exhibition highlights the distinctive relationship between etching and other media and features prints, from public and private collections, by Brueghel, Caravaggio, Rubens, and Bloemaert, who each only made one etching, and other painters.
        Students will study this important but rarely considered material and help to prepare for the exhibition, which will be assembled from major collections in the United States and hung in the Ross Gallery in spring 2006. The exhibition will then travel to the Ringling Museum, Sarasota, and the Smith College Museum.
        The first Halpern-Rogath Curatorial Seminar was taught by Professor George Marcus. The subject was the work of Charles and Ray Eames, who were central figures in American design in the 1940s and 1950s, creating seminal designs for furniture, films and multi-media exhibitions. The course explored their achievements and created an exhibition installed in the Arthur Ross Gallery in the summer of 2005.
       The University Museum is also the venue for “Trouble in Paradise: the Art of Polynesian Warfare” where it will be on display in the Dietrich Gallery until December 31st. Sixteen intricately carved war clubs, created in the 19th century on the islands of Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, New Zealand and the Marquesas, make up this exhibit. Undergraduates from the Halpern-Rogath Curatorial Seminar, led by Professor Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw, curated the show, which includes a video that tells the story of how the exhibit was developed. The illustrated press release can be seen here.
        The Halpern-Rogath Curatorial Seminars also provide selected students with fellowship funding to travel both nationally and internationally to exhibits, museums and art centers. In past semesters, students enrolled in these classes were given the opportunity to co-curate exhibits at the ICA and the Arthur Ross Gallery. The class even had enough funding this semester to send students on research missions to Honolulu and London.
        The "Early Modern Painter-Etcher" will be up the Ross Gallery until June 11. You can read more about the show and see some of the prints here.

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Fisher Fine Art Library, 220 S. 34th Street,
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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Saturday & Sunday, noon – 5 pm

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