Exhibits in Special Collections

Print in Color, Color in Print

Thread samples (1934) from the French firm Cartier-Bresson Fils & Cotons.

November 27, 2017 through March 3, 2018

This exhibit features printing in color over nearly five centuries, from early printed books with red and black title pages to extravagant 19th-century specimens of chromolithography, from rival color systems to categorizations of colors in nature. In particular, the exhibit allows us to highlight the chemistry of color and the material culture of color samples in printed books – ranging from textile scraps to color scales – and thereby explore the promise (however elusive) and value of uniform color reproduction.

Open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

The exhibit is designed to complement the Burdick-Vary symposium on “Color: Pixels, Palettes, and Perception” organized at UW–Madison by Theresa Kelley, English (IRH Senior Fellow); Karen Schloss, Psychology; Kevin Eliceiri, LOCI, Morgridge, Biomedical Engineering.

Title page in red and black of Higden’s Polycronycon (1527), an early reprint of the work printed by Wynken de Worde in 1495. From the Thordarson Collection.