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What is an Archive?

Lunchtime Lecture with Liesl Olson

Monday, September 25, 2017

12:10 pm-12:50 pm

Monday, September 25, 12:10 pm12:50 pm
112 S. Michigan Ave., Room 707
Chicago, IL
United States

How do artists, scholars, and writers approach archival practice?  This talk will explore both the theoretical and practical dimensions of archival work, with a particular look at narratives about Chicago's cultural history.  Drawing on her recent book Chicago Renaissance: Literature and Art in the Midwest Metropolis (Yale, 2017), Liesl Olson will discuss the allure of the archive as a potential source of untold stories.  Illuminating the importance of Chicago's early twentieth-century editors, bookstore owners, gallery owners, and cultural arbiters-many of whom were women-Olson will call attention to what the archive does-and does not-disclose.

Liesl Olson is Director of Chicago Studies at the Newberry Library.  She is the author of Modernism and the Ordinary (Oxford University Press 2009) and the forthcoming Chicago Renaissance: Literature and Art in the Midwest Metropolis (Yale 2017).