The symposium was sponsored by the Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Seminar on New York and American Material Culture.

For the complete schedule, view the original event listing here.



What does it mean to consider visual materials as material culture or to think about material culture as visual? What can these approaches tell us about objects, images, and their relationship in the nineteenth century? While visual culture studies have emphasized the act of seeing as embedded within disciplinary or “scopic” regimes, material culture studies have long analyzed artifacts to understand their expressive function in society. However, this situation has been changing. The convergence of visual and material culture offers the opportunity to consider the possibilities of such a scholarly turn. Participants in this symposium considered these issues from a variety of fields.