Penn Libraries Events & Exhibitions
Across the Spectrum:

Color in American Fine & Private Press Books, 1890-2015

This exhibition explores the establishment of a fine and private press movement in America, beginning at the end of the nineteenth century and continuing to the present day, through its various uses of color. Color was used not only to enhance the page visually, but also to convey important information. Techniques employed to impart color to the page varied, from hand-coloring printed outlines to colored woodcuts and engravings, from applying color through stencils (pochoir) to color lithography, from silkscreening to typographic color. The exhibition celebrates the recent acquisition by the Penn Libraries of The Jean-François Vilain and Roger S. Wieck Collection of Private Presses, Ephemera, & Related References.

The accompanying catalogue, Color in American Fine and Private Press Books, 1890-2015: The Jean-François Vilain and Roger S. Wieck Collection of Private Presses, Ephemera, & Related References, was designed by Jerry Kelly and includes essays by Lynne Farrington, Russell Maret, and Jean-Francois Vilain as well as exhibition checklist and list of presses in the collection. Is available here.

Muriel Pfaelzer Bodek Fund for Library Public Events
The Art of the Book:
Fine Printing in North America in the 21st Century
Friday, February 26, 5:30 PM - Symposium Keynote and Exhibition Reception
Saturday, February 27, 8:30 AM-6:00 PM - Symposium

Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, sixth floor
Exhibition Catalogue | Art of the Book Symposium Schedule and Speakers | Videos from the Art of the Book Symposium |

Celebrating the themes of our newest exhibition, Across the Spectrum, this symposium will explore the work of fine presses from different perspectives. Speakers will discuss the creation of fine press books; the history of color in books; art in and art of fine press books; teaching book arts to a new generation; and collecting and exhibiting fine press books. The keynote address will be delivered by Mark Dimunation, Chief of the Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress. For the symposium preliminary schedule and hotel information.

Across the Spectrum exhibition logo with Art Nouveau flowers and vines
Goldstein Family Gallery, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Van Pelt Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
Gallery hours: Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm; Wednesday, 10am-8pm
For further information (215.898.7088 or rbml@pobox.upenn.edu)
free and open to the public (please show photo ID at entrance)
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