Exhibition co-curated by David H. Price and HART 2775 students
Pressed for Time: Five Centuries of Prints from the Jack May Collection is curated by Cainie Brown, Chloe Davis, Peter Stidman, Sarah Treadway, and Professor David H. Price, with assistance from students in HART 2775, History of Prints: Harrison Denman, Christopher Elliott, Sophia Moak, Courtney Rehkamp, Daniel Rodriguez, Won Jun Seok, and Margaret Sturm.
Pressed for Time is on display in the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery from January 19 – March 26, 2021.
About this exhibition: With Professor Theodore Sizer’s syllabus in hand and his inspiring lectures in mind, Jack May set out to collect a representative history of European and American printmaking as the canon was understood in the 1950s. Over the years, he gradually extended the scope of his collection, preferring the grand sweep of art history to intensive coverage of a single period or theme. The result is an astonishingly broad presentation of the different media, techniques, and themes of distinguished artists across the ages. For the first section of the exhibition, we have selected works that introduce some of the major techniques of image printing: woodcut, engraving, etching, aquatint, lithograph, and linocut. Although print artists are still exploring all of these techniques (and more), each method of printmaking first achieved prominence at a different time. As we will see throughout the exhibition, the various techniques of printing informed the development of new visual styles and conventions.