When Johann Gutenberg and his team published their Bible in the mid-1450s, what they were selling to buyers were sets of sheets, sheets of either paper or parchment that had text printed on them. What they were not selling were books—not, at least, if we take “book,” as we usually do, to imply a codex that is ready to read by turning a series of leaves held together at one edge. As I have written before, when a monastery, church, or private individual bought a Bible from Gutenberg, they had to find a scribe to add red text to spaces that the printers had left blank. Gutenberg’s customers had to find bookbinders, too.
Exhibitions + Events
Wendy Kaplan, Curator of Decorative Arts and Design at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, lectures on women in the Arts and Crafts movement. The event, What can a woman do? Women in the Arts and Crafts Movement, takes place Wednesday, March 27, at 7 p.m. [Read more…] about What can a woman do? Women in the Arts and Crafts movement
Commemorate World Poetry Day with a reading and conversation between two award-winning contemporary poets whose lives and writings have been impacted by war. [Read more…] about Poetry and War: A Reading and Conversation
Through August 18, the exhibition Stories to Tell: Selections from the Harry Ransom Center features materials that provide insight into the creative process while also establishing meaningful, personal connections between the past and the present.
On a sunny March afternoon nearly eight years ago, I strolled across The University of Texas at Austin, acquainting myself with campus, from the turtle pond to towering buildings. From one activity to the next, I felt excited to explore the university and its resources in the fun, interactive environment that is Explore UT. I did not expect that years later, I would have the honor to help contribute to this event and welcome future Longhorns. [Read more…] about Coming full circle at Explore UT
Tour The Rise of Everyday Design: The Arts and Crafts Movement in Britain and America
Through July 14, 2019