Dedication of the Douglas B. Dowd Modern Graphic History Library

  • Tuesday, September 27, 2016 • 9:00 am

Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton announces the Dedication of the Douglas B. Dowd Modern Graphic History Library, a division of Special Collections. Made possible by an endowing gift from Ken and Nancy Kranzberg.

Douglas B. Dowd joined the faculty of Washington University in St. Louis in 1992. His work as an illustrator, critic and curator has helped to attract, shape and interpret distinguished collections in late 19th and 20th century American illustration. The day will include a morning open house in the collections, an afternoon symposium on American illustration and consumer culture, and an evening lecture by Professor Dowd.

Schedule of events

10 a.m. – noon: Tour of the Dowd Modern Graphic History Library collections; West Campus Library, 7245 Forsyth Boulevard, Lower Level.

1 – 4 p.m.: Illustration, Consumer Culture and Social History, a symposium. George Warren Brown Hall, Brown Lounge, Danforth Campus.

1 p.m.: Keynote lecture by Stephanie Haboush Plunkett, chief curator and deputy director, Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

2 p.m.: Reading Objects and Images

Moderator Heidi Kolk, Associate Director of American Culture Studies

Panelists Vernon Mitchell, Jr. Cultural historian and Curator of Popular History, Olin Library; Jeff Pike, Illustrator and Professor of Design, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts; Michele Repice, Cultural Historian and Assistant Director, Washington University Teaching Center

3 p.m.: Institutional Engagement with Consumer Culture: Opportunities and Challenges

Moderator Douglas Dowd, Professor of Design and American Culture Studies

Panelists Stephanie Haboush Plunkett, NRM; Jody Sowell, Director of Collections and Exhibitions, Missouri History Museum; Nadia Ghasedi, Associate University Librarian for Special Collections, Washington University

6 p.m.: Reception, Mark C. Steinberg Hall, Danforth Campus.

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.: Invisible Pictures, a lecture by Professor Douglas B. Dowd; Steinberg Auditorium, Danforth Campus.

Questions? Contact Jody Mitori at

Illustration by Al Parker for “Expression of Love,” published in Good Housekeeping, February 1956.

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