Eastman Johnson, published by Currier & Ives,
Eastman Johnson, published by Currier & Ives, "Husking" (detail), 1861. Lithograph, 21 x 27 3/8 in. Joslyn Art Museum, Gift of Conagra Brands, 2016.20.442. Photography © Joshua Ferdinand. Revisiting America: The Prints of Currier & Ives has been organized by Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska.

“Revisiting America: The Prints of Currier & Ives” explores how the largest printmaking company in 19th-century America visualized the nation’s social, political, and industrial fabric.

At a Glance:
Revisiting America: The Prints of Currier & Ives
Through October 17, 2021
Shelburne Museum (Vermont)
shelburnemuseum.org

The company is best known today for its lush, hand-colored lithographs that nostalgically depicted an idyllic republic of pioneer homesteads, sporting camps, and bucolic pastimes; however, these sentimental images comprised only one aspect of Currier & Ives’ production.

The company’s inexpensive and popular prints touched on pressing social and political issues. On view at the Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education, Colgate Gallery.


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