Sublime Impressions: Prints and Printmakers of the Grand Canyon
Topographers, illustrators, and painter-printmakers explored and created images of the Grand Canyon, and the evolution of these genres parallels the history of American printmaking in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Beginning with geological studies and including prints for tourists and collectors, printmakers have approached the Canyon from the vantage point of line, tone, and pattern. In so doing, they made significant contributions to imaging one of the United States’ most renowned geological monuments, yet their works have not been extensively studied like those of painters and photographers. Sublime Impressions: Prints and Printmakers of the Grand Canyon traces the history of printmaking in the Grand Canyon from the topographical images of the first explorers to the abstracted works of twentieth-century modernists to show how a medium changed the way the Grand Canyon was represented and, thus, the public’s perception of it.
Lindsay Leard-Coolidge is an art historian specializing in late nineteenth and early twentieth century printmaking. She earned her Ph.D. at Columbia University and wrote her dissertation on The Société des Peintres-Graveurs: Printmaking 1889-1897. She was the recipient of the Reid Hall Fellowship, the Samuel H. Kress Fellowship in the History of Art and the Chester Dale Fellowship in the Department of Prints and Photographs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Upon finishing her Ph.D., she worked as a curator in the Department of Prints and Illustrated Books at the Museum of Modern Art where she organized a number of exhibitions including “Color Prints from France: 1890-1910.” She recently retired from twenty years of teaching art history, first at Harvard University Extension School and then at Northeastern University. In addition to teaching, she was a guest curator at the Lyman Allyn Museum of Art. Her 2010 book A Sense of Place: Painters of Matunuck, Rhode Island 1873-1941 won the South County Independent Golden Anchor Award. Her book Sublime Impressions: Prints and Printmakers of the Grand Canyon was released in February in celebration of the centennial of the Grand Canyon as a national park.