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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.

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 Home | Exhibition Catalogue |

Video Presentations from the Art of the Book - February 26th and 27th, 2016.    (select a session)

Welcome and Introduction.
William Noel, Director, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts.
Symposium Keynote - Looking Differently: Book Arts in the 21st Century, Mark Dimunation, Chief of the Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress.
Across the Spectrum Exhibition Overview, Lynne Farrington, Senior Curator, Special Collections, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts

Session1. Creating Fine and Private Press Books - Alice Austin (chair). Welcome - Lynne Farrington and Jean-Francois Vilain.
Carol Blinn, Warwick Press, A One Woman Shop.  Abigail Rorer, Collaboration and The Lone Oak Press.  Robin Price, The Chameleon Approach to Book Arts.  Mark Tomlinson, No Straight Lines.

Session2. Color in Fine and Private Press Books - David McKnight (chair).
Dan De Simone, Color Printing in Early Printed Books.  Russell Maret, Color in the Modern Fine Press Artist's Book.

Session3. Art in/Art of Fine and Private Press Books - Hannah Bennett (chair).
Mindy Beloff, Intimate Vision: The Art in Intima Press Books.  Carolee Campbell, The Poetry In & Of Artist's Books: A Braided Path.   Michael Thompson, Fine Press Books, Fine Art Books, and the Contemporary Art Market.

Session4. Teaching Making/Teaching with Fine and Private Press Books - Shushi Yoshinaga (chair)
Matt Neff, Teaching with the Common Press.  Sharka Hyland, WHAT?! and Other Observations: Learning from the Collections at the Kislak Center.  Barbara Henry, Facing the Students.

Session5. Collecting and Exhibiting Fine and Private Press Books - Three Perspectives
Jean-Francois Vilain, Lynne Farrington, Mark Samuels Lasner.

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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