"The Ruination of Everything": Joseph Pennell, America and Illustration before the Great War

Eric J. Segal, Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida

Presented with the Power Institute

12 June 2014

Artist Joseph Pennell (U.S.A., 1857-1926) worked throughout Europe and England illustrating Old World cities and landscapes at the same time that he rendered great American works of architecture and engineering. His dedication to a shabby Europe of the past and a gleaming New-World modernity, reflected contradictions and disappointments in his chauvinistic concerns about the faltering course of American cultural progress. The talk will explore how Pennell tied together thinking about the preservation of art, encroaching immigration and “wonders” of engineering in an untidy package that led to complex and sometimes explosive imagery.the utility of different media in the production of the French past.

Eric Segel

Eric J. Segal is Education Curator of Academic Programs and Chair of Education at the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida. He completed his doctorate in American art the University of California at Los Angeles. Prior to assuming his current position at the Harn in 2010, he taught Art History at the University of Florida. He has published on nineteenth and twentieth century American art and illustration, and lectures on American art and museum education