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Re: [BKARTS] Ben Franklin and Woodcuts

Forgive me for cross-posting, just thought some
printmakers out there might be interested in this

Greetings friends,

Just wanted to remind you that the Philadelphia Print
Collaborative is pleased to presents "Franklin and the
Woodcut,? a lecture with James Green, a Librarian at
The Library Company of Philadelphia on Tuesday, 
September 27th 5:30 pm at the Library Company, 1314
Locust Street, Philadelphia. Please RSVP to
215-546-3181 or email members@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx This
lecture is part of The Big Block, a public art project
celebrating the woodcut, and is free to the public.

Along with all his other accomplishments,
multi-talented Benjamin Franklin was also a skilled
woodcut artist. He learned the art from his older
brother, James, while in Boston and made his first
solo woodcut within a week of his arrival in
Philadelphia in 1723. Among his later cuts are the
second map made in America (1733), the earliest
American political cartoon (1748), and the first
graphic symbol of American 
unity (1754). He also invented a process for printing
images of leaves on paper money (to discourage
counterfeiters) that retains its mystery 
even today.

Join us for an evening at the Library Company to hear
about Franklin's printing and see original woodcut
prints by Ben and his brother, as well as actual early
American wood blocks. This is the first lecture of the

Philadelphia Print Collaborative's The Big Block
Lecture Series, which is made possible through support
of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and the
National Endowment for the Arts.

Printing Philadelphia: The Big Block!, is a public art
project focused on the printmaking technique of
woodcut. Through partnerships with arts organizations,
institutions, the academic print community and
independent artists, participants explore the
multicultural history of the woodcut. Visit the Print
Collaborative?s website for more Big Block activities
at www.printcollaborative.org.

Caitlin Perkins
Printing Philadelphia: The Big Block Coordinator


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