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Children's Book Illustrators Topic of Public Lecture on Thurs, May 30

scuffy the tugboatOn Thursday, May 30, 2013, at 4:00 p.m., Professor JoAnn Conrad of UC Berkeley will give a public lecture entitled "Traveling Shows: Children's Books, Émigré Artists, and the Avant-Garde." The lecture will highlight Conrad's research, which focuses on 20th-century émigré artists who found employment illustrating children's books in the United States. These artists introduced a new, modern, avant-garde sensibility, but also challenged conventional attitudes toward children's books, while, at the same time, contributing to their commodification.
Conrad's talk will highlight the work of immigrant artists, many of whom were employed in the corporate world of the Little Golden Books series. Their art displays a residual sensibility about the nature of art and its perception, and the role of art in shaping a new society that comes from this radical European past.  The lecture will demonstrate how their visual experiences spill out over the page and call the viewer into an emotional and experiential relationship that makes the narrative almost irrelevant.
Special Collections and University Archives maintains an extensive collection of papers of children's book illustrators, including a substantial collection related to the Little Golden Book series.
The lecture will take place in the EMU Walnut Room. This event is sponsored by the UO Folklore Program and cosponsored by the UO Libraries.
Image courtesy of UO Special Collections and University Archives
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