Ringelberg presents on canonicity, gender and illustration at SECAC conference

Kirstin Ringelberg, professor of art history, presented at the national SECAC conference in Columbus, Ohio. 

Kirstin Ringelberg, professor of art history
Art History Professor Kirstin Ringelberg presented at the national SECAC conference held Oct. 25-28 in Columbus, Ohio.

Ringelberg, whose paper was entitled  “The Requirements and Limitations of Illustrative Art”: Madeleine Lemaire’s Modernity,” presented as part of the panel “Illustrated Exchange: Text and Image in the Discourse of the Fin-de Siècle.” The conference was hosted at Columbus College of Art & Design, the second venue north of the Mason-Dixon line since SECAC changed from a regional to a national reach in 2015.

Ringelberg’s paper explored the decoupling of Lemaire’s illustrations from fin-de-siècle French novels in the art canon, even as they remain central to the valuation and sale of original editions on the bookselling market, as a sign of the modernist canon’s deliberate misrepresentation of the artistic styles and tastes of the period.