Wallpaper as Politics: A Discussion of Zuber’s 1834 “Vues d’Ameriques du Nord”

This event takes place as part of the Flocked, Blocked & Stenciled Wallpaper Project, featuring hand-made wallpapers designed and printed by Rhode Island artists. Rob Emlen, University Curator for Brown University and specialist in 19th American material culture, will talk about French scenic wallpaper maker Jean Zuber et Cie’s 1834 “Vue d’Amerique du Nord,” currently installed in the hall of the Nightingale-Brown House at 357 Benefit Street. This block-printed paper also adorns the Diplomatic Reception Room at the White House and has been noted for its idealized egalitarian depiction of Jacksonian America.