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Historic America video tour of The Old Print Gallery

Last week we filmed with Aaron Killian, writer, historian, and president and founder of Historic America. Aaron is dedicated to bringing the history of our country to life through interactive publishing, tours, and the creation of digital historic research material. We were thrilled to be asked to do a video with him about our collection of historic prints- and to share our unique inventory with a whole new group of followers and history enthusiasts.

In the video, we share seven prints from our inventory, touch upon the role of prints throughout history, and talk a bit about our long 40+ year history as a gallery. It was fun morning of filming- Aaron was an engaging host, and kept the whole process super easy for this video newbie, asking stimulating and smart questions and sharing interesting facts along the way.

For more information on the prints show in the video, follow the links below:
Montanus 17th century view of St. Augustine
Edward Savage portrait of the Washington Family
Original Washington Monument Plan
Inauguration of Abraham Lincoln
Currier and Ives’ lithograph of The Battle of Bull Run
Colton’s Washington DC map
DC Circus Poster

We hope you enjoy the video! Thanks again to Aaron Killian of Historic America– we encourage all of our blog readers to book a tour with Aaron you will see DC in a whole new light and learn a lot! Also, make sure to check out the Historic America blog– you can spend hours watching his videos and reading about our nation’s past (and present)- a fantastic site for history-buffs.

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Past/Present: Circus

Today we have a new P/P post, featuring two prints from our upcoming summer show, PER∙FORM. The older print is by Arnold Ronnebeck (1885-1947), a noted modernist sculptor and lithographer. Ronnenbeck studied sculpture with Aristide Maillol and Émile-Antoine Bourdelle in Paris between 1907 and 1913. In 1923, he made the move to the United States, and was best known for his lithographs of New York City in the 1920s and depictions of western life in Colorado and New Mexico in the 1920s through the 1940s. He later settled in Denver, Colorado, and worked as Art Adviser to the Denver Art Museum from 1926-1931. His print shown below, We Shall Always Love Them, was first exhibited in November of 1937, at the Chicago Art Institute’s “Sixth International Exhibition of Lithography and Wood Engraving”.

The contemporary print is a woodcut by Ellen Nathan Singer. Singer grew up in Brooklyn, New York and studied theater at Columbia University and at some of the New York acting schools. In her early twenties, she took classes at the Art Students League of New York where she won scholarships and ultimately taught. Recently, she was voted into the Society of American Graphic Artists, and is now on their council. Singer works primarily in pastels, etchings, and woodcuts. Trips around the country and abroad, almost yearly to England, serve as subject matter for her art. She also continues to work on New York City images, and to draw inspiration from the moment.

Image on Left: We Shall Always Love Them. By Arnold Ronnebeck. Lithograph, 1936. Edition 20.

Image on Right: On the High Wire.  [New York, NY.] By Ellen Nathan Singer. Woodcut, 2010. Edition 10.










***PER∙FORM opens THIS Friday, July 13, 2013, with an opening night reception. Join us at the gallery from 5:00 to 8:00pm to help us celebrate our new summer show!