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Current Exhibitions

Exhibition: Broadsided

August 24 - October 14

Historically, the broadside was a declaration printed on one side of a single sheet of large, inexpensive paper. Produced with the imprimatur of authority, broadsides were displayed publicly with the intention to announce, proclaim, notify or advertise. Activists and artists soon began using the format for their own exclamations. Early broadsides were ephemeral - printed, posted and discarded as soon as news was old or authority became unhappy with it. Today, broadsides are primarily produced by small fine-press printers. Removed from places of street-side impermanence, the broadsides from the Rare Books Division of Special Collections succinctly demonstrate the value of the hand-printed sheet - showcasing the arts of letterpress, lithography, etching, screen printing, paper pulp painting, collage, and graphic design while celebrating the vale of the permanent written word.

These and other historical and artistic broadsides from the rare books collections are available by visiting the Special Collections Department, level 4, Monday - Friday, 8AM to 6PM; Saturday, 9:15AM to 5PM; closed Sundays.

Curator: Marnie Powers-Torrey, Mary Toscano

Location: J. Willard Marriott Library, levels 2,4, and 5

Gallery hours: Monday–Friday, 8:00–6:00; Saturday, 9:00–6:00; Hours differ during University breaks and holidays.

The exhibition is FREE and open to the public.

For more information: luise.poulton@utah.edu or 801-585-6168

 

Exhibition: Fold, Flap, Peek, Pull, Pop

September 28–November 25

For thousands of years bookmakers have been cutting, folding, and manipulating papyrus, parchment, paper and other material to enhance the three dimensionality of the book. As early as the thirteenth century, they contrived vovelles - disks revolving on strings pivots - to help astronomers make their calculations. In the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries playing with paper became fun. By the mid-nineteenth century, several publishers had added special departments of skilled craftsmen to build handmade mechanical devices within books. Today, complex movable books require hundreds of individual handwork procedures to create marvels of paper-engineering. Explore the historic, commercial, and artistic mechanics of folds, flaps, peeks, pulls, and pops.

Curator: Luise Poulton

Location: Special Collections Gallery, J. Willard Marriott Library, level 4

Gallery hours: Monday–Friday, 8:00–6:00; Saturday, 9:00–6:00; Hours differ during University breaks and holidays.

The exhibition is FREE and open to the public.

For more information: luise.poulton@utah.edu or 801-585-6168

 

Exhibition: Herding Cats: The Wild World of Artists’ Books

September 28–November 25

Interpretations of The Artist’s Book are nearly as numerous as those who create them; also abundant are the perspectives from which readers can view these works. This exhibition, with selections from the Marriott Library’s fine art and rare collections, presents remarkable examples as viewed through the lenses of text and form, design and typography, binding craft and design, drawing and illustration, and printing technique. While some book artists focus on one or a few of these areas, others shape the work in its entirety—from the germination of an idea to the final stitch of the binding. As evidenced here, the iconic form of the book—with its capacity for expression and instruction, intimacy and community, tradition and innovation—is one that offers boundless possibilities to artists of many different stripes.

Curator: J. Willard Marriott Library Book Arts Program

Location: Special Collections Gallery, J. Willard Marriott Library, level 4

Gallery hours: Monday–Friday, 8:00–6:00; Saturday, 9:00–6:00; Hours differ during University breaks and holidays.

The exhibition is FREE and open to the public.

For more information: luise.poulton@utah.edu or 801-585-6168

 

 Last Modified 12/19/14