Terra Foundation-supported Events

Conference: “Art, Life & Politics: American Printmaking from the 1960s to Today”

Printmaking concerns social attitudes, you know—politics and a public.”
Franz Kline, Artnews, January 1972, p. 29.

This international conference will look at the ways printmaking engaged with and often challenged American society and politics from the 1960s to today. Special attention will be given to print workshops, collaborative practices, and the ways in which the print media encouraged art activism. Focusing on the specificity of materiality and creative process, the conference seeks to examine how the various layers of these works could be socially and/or politically encoded. Among the questions speakers will address: How was the meaning of artistic authorship redefined through printmaking? Who were the audiences? How did artists use original multiples at a time when the personal and the political became increasingly intertwined?

“Art, Life & Politics” is held in conjunction with the exhibition The American Dream: Pop to the Present. Prints from the British Museum, a collaboration between the Fondation Custodia, the Terra Foundation for American Art, and the British Museum.


  • Stephen Coppel (Curator, Modern Prints and Drawings, British Museum)
  • Jacqueline Francis (Associate Professor, Visual and Critical Studies Department, California College of the Arts)
  • Elisabeth Lebovici (Independent Scholar)
  • Laurence Schmidlin (Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts de Lausanne)
  • Richard Shiff (Professor, Art History, The University of Texas at Austin)
  • Susan Tallman (Adjunct Associate Professor, School of the Art Institute of Chicago & Editor-in-Chief, Art in Print)
  • Hervé Vanel (Assistant Professor, Art History, The American University of Paris)

On this occasion, a conversation between artist Jim Dine and Ruth Fine (Independent Curator & Curator Emeritus, Prints and Drawings, National Gallery of Art) will also take place. This event is by separate invitation only.

For more information and to consult the full conference program, please click here.

Donald Judd, Untitled, 1961-75. Gravure sur bois sur papier crème oriental, 378 x 513 mm/628 x 860 mm (feuille). British Museum, Londres 2010,7103.1 Acquis avec le soutien financier du Fonds de Bienfaisance James A. et Laura M. Duncan aux American Friends du British Museum © Trustees of the British Museum et © Judd Foundation/Adagp, Paris, 2018