Congratulations to Tracy Honn, director of the Silver Buckle Press, and Lyn Korenic, director of Kohler Art Library, on their three-venue exhibit, “Text Support: A Library Exhibit About Paper.” The largest of the three parts of the exhibit, currently on display in Special Collections (976 Memorial Library), focuses on history of handmade and commercial paper. The exhibit includes examples ranging from mundane to highly decorative. In the latter category is an instance of decorative endpapers from a German publication of the Weimar period, Paul Renner’s Typografie als Kunst (Munich: G. Müller, 1922):
The same exhibit case, entitled “Decorative Techniques” also contains
- Paul Nash et al., In praise of patterned papers (1997)
- Yanya Schmoller, Remondini and Rizzi: A chapter in Italian decorated paper history (1990)
- Tokutaro Yagi, Suminagashi-zome (1991)
- Claire Bolton, Maziarczyk paste papers (1991)
- Ann Muir, Harvesting colour: The year in a marbler’s workshop (1999)
- Josef Halfer, The progress of the marbling art, from technical scientific principles (1893)
The other two portions of the “Text Support” exhibit feature handmade paper with Wisconsin roots (at Kohler Art Library) and examples of paper engineering (Silver Buckle Press display cases on the 2nd floor of Memorial Library).
The recent Schewe Lecture by Timothy Barrett (director of the Iowa Center for the Book), who spoke in eloquent terms of “The Future of [Handmade] Paper,” drew an enthusiastic crowd to Special Collections in conjunction with the exhibit. We call your attention as well to an upcoming lecture by Chicago artist Shawn Sheehy, “Concept to (Political) Action: Pop-Up Artists’ Books,” at 12:00 noon on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, in room 126 Memorial Library. Both lectures benefit from the sponsorship of the Friends of the UW-Madison Libraries.
The exhibit runs through the end of June 2013.