Stanley William Hayter and Atelier 17
I have researched, written, and talked about Hayter and Atelier 17 for many years. Here is a 34-minute video in which I introduce the workshop and talk about Hayter's own work.
Baltimore Contemporary Print Fair
I directed the Baltimore Museum of Art's Baltimore Contemporary Print Fair in 2012, 2015, and 2017. From the outset I took the opportunity to thoroughly reconceptualize it to increase its stature as a prime event for the museum, for Baltimore and surrounding area, and the nation. The most impactful change was to focus on attracting a range of top-notch vendors, emphasizing makers—the printers, presses, and publishers—providing the audience an opportunity to engage with the person who made the work. We also raised BCPF’s visibility through increased use of social media and targeted advertising. As an additional fundraiser and membership incentive, we commissioned a poster for each fair. Two were designed by the keynote speaker/artist (James Siena, Trenton Doyle Hancock); the third was created by Baltimore-based design firm Post Typography. The first was printed at MICA’s Dolphin Press (Hancock); the others were screenprinted at Baltimore Print Studios.
I have a proven record of communicating with a range of people both orally and in writing. I have interviewed Trenton Doyle Hancock, James Siena, Amy Cutler, Peter Milton, An-My Lê, and Jim Dine. My first interview was with Jim, which was both the hardest and the most rewarding. By making the interview conversational, I drew out the notoriously difficult artist, gained great insights, enjoyed moments of candor, and had fun with the audience. This was a great personal success, and it led to a stronger relationship between the BMA and Jim resulting in several gifts to the museum from the artist.
Shafer interviewing An-My Lê at MICA's Brown Center, October 2014
BMA video blog posts on collection highlights celebrate the BMA’s 100th anniversary: An-My Lê’s Target Practice, USS Peleliu, 2005; Stanley William Hayter’s Untitled Plate 6 from The Apocalypse, 1930; Victor Delhez’s Scherzo in Gold, 1948, and Stan Shellabarger’s Untitled book, 2011.
Shafer filming vlog post focused on An-My Lê’s Target Practice, USS Peleliu, 2005
Peter Milton at Evergreen
Curated exhibition focused on the intaglio copper plates of artist Peter Milton for Johns Hopkins University's Evergreen Museum and Library.