- First Name
- Last Name
- Karr Schmidt
- United States
- IL Illinois
- Newberry Library
- Website URL
- pop-up-books, Renaissance, art, sundials, printing, interactive
- Media Contact
- Additional Contact Information
- About Me
Suzanne Karr Schmidt is the George Amos Poole III Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts at the Newberry, Chicago’s Independent Research Library since 1887. Previously, she was the Assistant Curator in the Department of Prints and Drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago, after holding a postdoctoral Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship there. Suzanne has a PhD in the History of Art from Yale University and a BA from Brown University. She loves curating exhibitions and writing about unusual forms of early printmaking, as in her 2011 Altered and Adorned: Using Renaissance Prints in Daily Life show and catalogue at the Art Institute. Her other print exhibitions there included Landsknechte: Foot Soldiers of Fashion (2016); Dionysos Unmasked: Ancient Sculpture and Early Prints (2015), and Burnishing the Night: Baroque to Contemporary Mezzotints from the Collection (2015). Suzanne contributed an essay to Susan Dackerman’s Harvard University Art Museums Prints and the Pursuit of Knowledge in Early Modern Europe exhibition catalogue (2012). She also co-edited an Ashgate/Routledge anthology with Edward Wouk called Prints in Translation 1450-1750: Image, Materiality, Space (2016). Suzanne’s newest publication, a history of the “Renaissance Pop-Up Book,” Interactive and Sculptural Printmaking in the Renaissance, was published in October 2017 with Brill.
- Recent Publications
Interactive and Sculptural Printmaking in the Renaissance, Brill Publishers, Brill’s Studies in Art, Art History and Intellectual History, 2017, edited by Walter S. Melion.
Prints in Translation 1450-1750: Image, Materiality, Space, co-edited with Edward H. Wouk (University of Manchester), Routledge, July 2016.
Altered and Adorned: Using Renaissance Prints in Daily Life, catalogue, with note by Associate Paper Conservator Kimberly Nichols, Art Institute of Chicago, and Yale University Press, 2011.
Articles and Entries
“Making Time and Space: Collecting Early Modern Printed Instruments” Prints in Translation 1450-1750: Image, Materiality, Space, co-edited with Edward H. Wouk (University of Manchester), Routledge, July 2016, pp. 114-135.
“Printing the Body of Christ on Fabric,” Medium Study, in Conversations: An Online Journal of the Center for the Study of Material and Visual Cultures of Religion (2016).
- Media Coverage
- Country Focus
- Continental Europe
- Expertise by Geography
- England, France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, United Kingdom, Western Europe
- Expertise by Chronology
- Medieval, Pre-17th century, 17th century, Early Modern
- Expertise by Topic
- Book History, Libraries & Archives, Museums, Religion, Science, Technology