ILANA CURTIS


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2019

The Curious Drawings
of Doctor Clapp


Publication design for a fall exhibition at the University of Pittsburgh Art Gallery on a collection of drawings donated to the University in 1941. 

What do old Italian drawings have to do with shells, rocks, coins and other curiosities from across the globe? This diverse spectrum of objects were all donated to museums by George Hubbard Clapp (1858–1949), an aluminum industry pioneer whose collecting across art and science made him something of a modern-day Renaissance man. The Curious Drawings of Doctor Clapp exhibition focuses on a collection of drawings that Clapp donated to the University in 1941. Dating from the fifteenth to eighteenth centuries, these mysterious drawings have gained new life through in-depth research by Pitt students. This exhibition provides a rare opportunity to inspect early modern drawings in Pittsburgh, and provides a fascinating glimpse into the history of collecting.



Project completed with Point Line Projects.