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Paul Gehl, The Newberry Library

Thursday, February 22, 2018


Chicago: City of Commerce and Design, 1890-1990 Seminar

Collecting Chicago Design: Who Should Do It, When, and Where

Paul Gehl, Curator Emeritus at the Newberry Library, was responsible across nearly thirty years for maintaining and enlarging the Newberry’s collections on printing and design. For this seminar session, Paul will give a brief slide talk about the Newberry’s collections as they document various aspects of Chicago design history and then offer some thoughts about what still needs collecting and who should be doing it. Dan Meyer, Alison Fisher and Tanner Woodford will offer examples from collections they have developed or used, and Paul will lead the seminar participants in an informal discussion about developing priorities, institutional commitments needed, and the role private collectors can play.

The Chicago: City of Commerce and Design, 1890-1990 Seminar is part of Art Design Chicago, an exploration of Chicago’s art and design legacy, an initiative of the Terra Foundation for American Art with presenting partner The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.

Cost and Registration Information 

Newberry Scholarly Seminar papers are pre-circulated electronically. For a copy of the paper, email Please do not request a paper unless you plan to attend.