This week’s First Wednesdays Conversation: Paper and Print features Paul Stirton, Associate Professor of Modern Design History at Bard Graduate Center, and curator of the exhibition Jan Tschichold and the New Typography: Graphic Design Between the World Wars. Ever wondered what a lithograph is? Or the difference between an etching, an engraving, and a drypoint? And why does it matter? These techniques of printing have been around for centuries yet they are still in use by artists and designers. Discover the qualities of different printing processes through close study of historic prints.

Paul Stirton is an Associate Professor at the Bard Graduate Center. He has a particular interest in graphic design, interiors, and print culture, although his recent work has been concerned with public monuments and cultural transfer or emigration. His current research and publications are mostly concentrated in two areas: architecture and design in Britain and in Central Europe (primarily Hungary) in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Leading support for Public Programs at Bard Graduate Center comes from Gregory Soros and other generous donors.