currier & ives: perspectives on america
Printmakers to the People

Printmakers to the People, focuses on the personal stories of Currier & Ives and how they met, the history of their firm and its phenomenal growth, and an examination of whether the company was creating an American identity or actually recording its history. Also examined is how lithography changed our view of the world.

Episode Duration: 26 minutes and 46 seconds

Episode Number: 101

About Currier & Ives: Perspectives On America:

CURRIER & IVES: PERSPECTIVES ON AMERICA focuses on the pictorial legacy of renowned 19th-century printmakers Currier & Ives - from their idyllic New England winter scenes to the more controversial images of these mass-media pioneers.

Narrated by National Public Radio's Scott Simon, the three-part series reveals the fascinating stories behind some of Currier & Ives' most popular work and introduces their lesser-known disaster prints, political cartoons, risque lithographs and racially insensitive comic-book series.

The final episode explores whether Currier & Ives' lithographs reflected, or shaped, the idea of the "quintessential" American way of life.

Expert commentary includes an interview with Chris Lane of Antiques Roadshow fame.



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