Center Fall Conference: “Commercial Pictures and the Arts and Technics of Visual Persuasion”
The 2019 fall conference will convene an international group of scholars concerned with the power of pictures in the world of commerce. As pictures became a central feature of the advertising message in the second half of the nineteenth century, they migrated from the pages of newspapers and magazines, and the posters on the sides of buildings, to such technologies as electrical spectaculars, film, and later, television. At the heart of this diffusion was an effort to make the pictorial sales message migrate not only across media but also into the minds of consumers.
Susan Murray will give the featured author talk at Hagley on her 2018 book Bright Signals: A History of Color Television. Drawing creatively on the David Sarnoff and RCA materials at Hagley, Murray will trace color television’s origins as an exotic novelty in the 1920s and 1930s and explain how it became the standard for television programing in the 1960s and 1970s.
In 2015, the U.S. military spent approximately $435 million on music—nearly three times as much as the entire budget of the National Endowment for the Arts. This paper puts such an investment in historical perspective by examining the character and impact of military music-making in the United States in the last 150 years.
Between the 1870s and the 1930s New York City underwent a fiscal crisis approximately every twenty years. This paper examines the causes of and responses to the periodic fiscal crisis of late 19th and early 20th century New York.
This paper explores why unconventional and esoteric philosophical and religious beliefs have sometimes provided the foundation for successful business enterprises over the last two hundred years, and more especially for businesses pursuing goals other than securing returns to shareholders.
inside business circles it was unclear how to define “business executive” as an occupational category or what traits predicted an executive’s success.
Danya Pilgrim is a PhD in African American Studies and American Studies, completed at Yale University in 2019. Pilgrim is a social and cultural historian with research interests in domestic arts and foodways, and the African American experience.