Opening Lecture and Reception: Jasper Johns / In Press: The Crosshatch Works and the Logic of Print
May 23, 2012
Jennifer L. Roberts, Professor of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University, will present the lecture The Printerly Art of Jasper Johns at 6pm.
Jasper Johns is best known as a painter, but his work has always been closely tied to print. From his earliest use of newspaper collage and stencils in the 1950s, Johns incorporated print media and print processes into his paintings. He began making prints himself in 1960, and quickly developed a reputation as a modern master of lithography, etching, and silkscreening. This lecture will explore the ways in which the logic of print shapes John’s entire career, informing his interest in transfer, reversal, repetition, layering, and sequence. John’s broad impact on modern and contemporary art derives largely from his engagement with print processes, and his work ultimately helps us to understand the stakes of our ongoing negotiation of the “death”—and the future—of print.
This lecture coincides with the opening of the exhibition Jasper Johns / In Press: The Crosshatch Works and the Logic of Print. From 5–8pm there will be a reception in the Sackler lobby and open galleries.