The Gladys Engel Lang and Kurt Lang Collection at the Smith College Museum of Art includes over 1,400 prints, drawings, and watercolors. The core of the collection is related to issues discussed in the Langs' book Etched in Memory: The Building and Survival of Artistic Reputation, and is primarily focused on the painter-etcher movement between the 1860s and World War II. The book seeks to understand the process whereby some artists but not others come to be considered worth remembering, and the Lang Collection is rich in exemplary works by talented, but little-known artists.
In seeking a new home for their collection, the Langs were interested in placing it at an academic institution in order to make the resource open to scholars and students. In addition to the works of art, the Lang Collection includes books, research materials, and manuscript drafts related to Etched in Memory and other book projects.
During the summer of 2015, Hampshire College student Jacob Edwards built a WordPress website to host digital projects and resources focused on the Lang Collection and curated the first exhibition, Printing a Modern World. Edwards’ 5-week internship followed his participation in Hampshire College’s Institute for Curatorial Practice, an intensive summer program focused on curatorial issues and the development of digital exhibitions.
This site will be expanded on a regular basis to include new voices and new perspectives on this important resource.
Caption: Gladys Engel Lang and Kurt Lang in the Cunningham Center for the Study for Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, September 18, 2014. Photograph by Lynne Graves for SCMA.