Penn Libraries Events & Exhibitions
Symposium Schedule, October 1-2

All events are on the University of Pennsylvania campus, except where noted otherwise.


  • 3-8 pm Registration
  • Hall of Flags balcony, Houston Hall, 3417 Spruce Street

  • 2-4 pm Preconference roundtable for collectors:
  • Robert Aibel, Moderne Gallery, moderator
    Meyerson Room, 2nd floor, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, 3420 Walnut Street

  • 4-4:45 pm Book signing with Mansfield Bascom,
  • author of Wharton Esherick: The Journey of a Creative Mind (2010)
    Hall of Flags balcony, Houston Hall, 3417 Spruce Street

  • 5:30 pm Symposium Opening
  • Hall of Flags, Houston Hall, 3417 Spruce Street
    • Welcome: H. Carton Rogers,
      Vice Provost and Director of Libraries, University of Pennsylvania
    • Remarks: Mansfield Bascom,
      Curator Emeritus, Wharton Esherick Museum
    • Keynote Address: Dr. Peter Conn,
      Vartan Gregorian Professor of English, University of Pennsylvania
      Wharton Esherick and the Making of Modernism

  • 7 pm Exhibition opening reception
  • Kamin Gallery, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, 3420 Walnut Street, first floor
    Kroiz Gallery of the Architectural Archives, Lower Level of the Fisher Fine Arts Library, 220 South 34th Street


All of Saturday's symposium sessions will be held in Room 110,
Annenberg School for Communication, 3620 Walnut Street.

  • 8 am - 4 pm Registration
  • Forum outside Room 110

  • 8-9 am Coffee and light breakfast
  • Forum outside Room 110

  • 9-9:15 am Welcome: Timothy Rub,
  • The George D. Widener Director and Chief Executive Officer,
    Philadelphia Museum of Art

  • 9:15-10:45 am Session 1 — Philadelphia in the 1920s and 1930s
  • Moderator: Kathleen Foster (Philadelphia Museum of Art)

    W. Douglass Paschall, Visiting Scholar, Center for American Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art
    The Life That Is Art

    William Whitaker, Curator, Architectural Archives, University of Pennsylvania
    Price, Howe, and Esherick in the Making of Philadelphia Modernism

    Lynne Farrington, Curator of Printed Books, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania
    "Up on my back, and I will take you thither": Harold Mason and the Centaur Book Shop and Press

  • 10:45-11 am Coffee break
  • Forum outside Room 110

  • 11am -12:15 pm Session 2 — Esherick's Artistic Evolution
  • Moderator: David Brownlee (University of Pennsylvania)

    Roberta A. Mayer, Associate Professor of Art History and Visual Arts Area Head,
    Department of the Arts, Bucks County Community College
    Wharton Esherick's Early Experiments in Anthroposophical Design

    Raymonde van der Stok-Fried, Pennsylvania Eurythmy Ensemble
    Pennsylvania Eurythmy Ensemble presentation

    Caroline M. Hannah, Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture
    Henry Varnum Poor, Wharton Esherick, and Modern Craft in the U.S.A.

  • 12:15-1:45 pm Lunch (Box lunch available—reservation required)
  • Forum outside Room 110

  • 1:45-2:45 pm Session 3 — Esherick in Wood
  • Moderator: Elisabeth Agro (Philadelphia Museum of Art)

    Mark Sfirri, Professor, Department of the Arts, Bucks County Community College
    The Prints of Wharton Esherick

    David de Muzio, Senior Conservator of Furniture and Woodwork, Philadelphia Museum of Art
    Deconstructing the Bok House

  • 2:45-3 pm Break

  • 3-4 pm Session 4 — Esherick and the Literary World
  • Moderator: Daniel Traister (University of Pennsylvania)

    Thomas P. Riggio, General Editor of the Dreiser Edition and Professor Emeritus of English and American Literature, University of Connecticut
    Wharton Esherick and Theodore Dreiser: Kindred Spirits in Modernism

    Paul Eisenhauer, Curator, Wharton Esherick Museum
    We Men, In Times Such As These

  • 5-11 pm Dinner and performance of Theodore Dreiser's An American Tragedy

  • 5 pm Bus from Penn campus to Hedgerow Theatre (Leave from in front of the Inn at Penn on Walnut Street between 36th & 37th Streets)
    64 Rose Valley Road, Media, PA—you are welcome to drive yourself there, if you prefer

    6 pm Arrive at Hedgerow House for buffet dinner

    7 pm Pre-performance remarks by Penelope Reed

    (Producing Artistic Director, Hedgerow Theatre)

    8 pm Performance of An American Tragedy

    10 pm Bus back to Philadelphia


  • 10 am-1 pm Tour of the Wharton Esherick Museum

  • 10 am Bus from Penn (Leave from in front of the Inn at Penn on Walnut Street between 36th & 37th Streets)

    11 am Special post-symposium tour of the Wharton Esherick Museum
    Registration required.