Picturing Packing: Commercial Visions of the American Meat Industry
In the early-to-mid-20th century, photography played a key role in shaping public perceptions of industrial-scale meat production in the United States. Meatpacking companies and industry organizations regarded the camera as a trusted and crucial tool for publicizing their activities and promoting their success at generating a ready supply of inexpensive meat for everyday consumption.
In this seminar, Emily Morgan, assistant professor of art and visual culture (art history), will discuss the visual culture of the American meat industry, focusing in particular on an illustrated catalog circulated within the industry in the early 1920s to consider how photographs propagated a vision of the industry as a prime contributor to the march of American economic and industrial progress.
Her presentation is part of the Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities interdisciplinary seminar series featuring prior CEAH grant recipients who will share their funded projects. Light refreshments will be provided.