Exhibits at Sherman

Current Library Exhibits

Digital Exhibit 4/29/2020

Born in Paris in 1673 Bernard Picart was a French artist who spent much of his life in Amsterdam and is most well known for his book illustrations.  In a time of religious unrest in Europe, Bernard was radically committed to religious tolerance and his best known work, Cérémonies et coutumes religieuses de tous les peuples du monde, was an attempt to document religious beliefs from around the world as objectively as possible.  It is an immense work of 12 volumes and 266 engravings which he produced between 1723-1743.  Picart himself never traveled outside of Europe, but relied on written accounts and sketches from travelers to India, the Americas and other regions.

He published Receuïl de Lions in 1728  as a series of 12 small engravings 13x 20cm.  Three he drew himself from life, seven are engravings after Rembrandt drawings, and one is after Paulus Potter, a 17th century Dutch artist famous for his paintings of animals.  This small ‘pocket edition’ was so popular Picart issued a much larger edition in 1729 of 42 prints  that was  20x26.5cm.

Receuïl de Lions: dessins d’apres nature par Rembrandt et B.. Picart  1728

 engraving of a lion by Bernard Picart

Sherman Art Library Special Collection N7668.L56 P53 1728


“Nature at its Most Fragile”
Ghost Trees and Reliquary are both an artistic collaboration between poet and Louisiana native Martha Serpas and printmaker Michelle Burgess at Brighton Press. Both books are part of Michele Burgess’s ongoing collaborative series; “The Stratigraphic Archives.” Burgess describes this series as an exploration of the processes, forms, and markings that reflect the patterns, gestures, and atmospheres of both quiet and cataclysmic events. She is interested in the relationship of these events to the human condition and the conditions of nature at its most fragile. She explores the concepts of palimpsest, time and gesture, erasure and repair. Working in collaboration with other artists and poets, she seeks to combine human history and natural history, bringing these themes together in an essential way, working with ideas inspired by places such as churches and reliquaries, geological sites, art museums, personal memory, natural history museums, riverbeds and ocean floors, and library rare book rooms. Martha Serpas’ view of the books is that both translate the feeling of the elements at work. 
“I am imagining one of these books, its pages flipping as if wind-tossed, as an experience of the wind as passionate with a double effect—cleansing and destructive.” [https://www.brightonpress.net/our-collaborators ]
The first volume of the series, Repair [Presses B766bur] is available in Rauner Special Collection as is the fourth, A Torn Web: 16 Poems [Presses B766stto]
Reliquary [Art Special Collection, PS3619.E77 R46 2016] is the first collaboration between Michele Burgess and Martha Serpas and is volume nine in the Stratigraphic Archive. The poems are focused on Louisiana where her hometown of Galliano is disappearing into the Gulf of Mexico due to coastal erosion and rising seawaters. Burgess's etchings are concerned with the disappearance of the languages and patterns of nature.    The etchings are "ghost" printings on Twinrocker paper collaged with torn fragments from the first impression of the print on Gampi paper making each edition unique. Each volume is bound in cloth and leather by Claudia Cohen and housed in a clamshell box made by Sonja Jones. The poem was handset in Perpetua and printed letterpress by Nelle Martin.
Ghost trees [Art Special Collection N7433.4.B865 G5 2017] is the second collaboration between Michelle Burgess and Martha Serpa and is volume ten of the Stratigraphic Archive This volume also combines the poetry of Martha Serpas with 23 drypoints and 2 etchings by Michele Burgess.  The poem first appeared in The Dirty Side of the Storm and was reprinted with permission for this edition. The drypoints were printed by hand from copper plates and were hand colored on Echizen Shikibu Gampi paper by the artist. This edition includes one of the copper plates, bound into the clamshell box by Mark Tomlinson. The text was handset in Perpetua and printed letterpress by Nelle Martin.
These books will be on display in the Sherman Art Library August 13 - December 2, 2019


The Village Churches of Santiago de Guatemala, 1524-1773

On Display in the Sherman art Library 6/12/18- 11/11/18

Pink Church

This beautiful work documents the remaining sixteenth-century village churches in and around Santiago de Guatemala. Original pen and ink drawings of the twenty-two churches were transferred to metal relief plates, printed and hand-colored by Grove Oholendt.  The prints are accompanied by letterpress books, in English and in Spanish, with text by Catherine Docter. The books include twenty-two tipped-in photographs by Mitchell Denburg, documenting the churches. Each volume is covered in traditional Mayan hand-woven petate paper weaving and the woodcut endpapers are printed by the Guatemalan artist Guillermo Maldonado.
Catherine Docter was inspired to document the beauty of the architectural facades of these village churches, which are falling into disuse and disrepair.  This beautifully crafted edition serves as a testament to the beauty of Guatemala’s colonial baroque architecture, surviving nearly 500 years.
 Small Church
Libros San Cristobal is a fine book press and atelier located in Antigua, Guatemala. This press produces limited edition fine books and portfolios on Central American subject matter.  Libros San Cristobal is one of the only fine press making books about the region, in the region.

 Curated by Laura Graveline


Pierogi Press: A Work of Art

In 1994, Pierogi began its operations in Williamsburg, NY – an active artistic neighborhood of Brooklyn – and was the brainchild of Susan J. Swenson and Joe Amrhein. 
Through the years, Pierogi has maintained lasting relationships with many of the artists featured in their biannual/annual publication of Pierogi Press. Many of the artists went on to exhibit at Pierogi’s New York galleries in Brooklyn, and Manhattan, as well as abroad in Leipzig, Germany.
Some have also appeared in select gallery catalogues published by Pierogi.

Currently, Pierogi exhibits emerging and established artists, whose works range in varying creative mediums and styles, at their physical gallery (The Boiler) and their online gallery (Flat Files).

The exhibit was curated by Sarah Decker, MALS '16, and will be on display 3/3/17 - 6/4/17

 Pierogi press

Dédié à L’Élegance



[Dedicated to Elegance by The National Union of Intellectuals]

par L’Union Nationale des Intellectuels

On Exhibit 7/14/16 - 11/25/16

HISTORY The effects of World War II on France, along with most European countries, was devastating and left the country in a stage of stunned disbelief and social disarray. In August of 1944, France was liberated from under its four-year German occupation. In the proceeding months following this event, a rally cry was sent to reunite and rebuild France. The organization L’Union Nationale des Intellectuels (The National Union of Intellectuals), or UNI, was federated in June of 1945 for this purpose (Sapiro, 442).




The subject matter of Dédié à L’Élegance (Dedicated to Elegance) was the midinette (seamstress/working girl). Prior to WWII these women were the iconic figure of a thriving capitalistic culture that bustled with consumer goods and haute couture (Tilburg, 282). Included with this publication were shop advertisements, a gallery brochure titled: Quelques Toiles sur L’Élégance Féminine dans la Peinture (Several Painting on the Elegance of Women in Painting), and a brochure for a fashion show titled Les Robes Blanches (The White Dresses) which included the work of leading fashion designers, such as Balenciaga, Bruyère, Carven, Mad Carpentier, Maggy Rouff, Nina Ricci, Raphael, Schiaparelli, Vera Borea, and Worth. The proceeds from the publication and its contributors went to La Mansion de la Midinette.

ARTISTS The art work included in the publication were produced by renowned and emerging artists. This list includes Christian Berard, Jean Effel, André Fougeron, Valentine Hugo, Marie Laurencin, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and Louis Touchagues.

AUTHORS The literary ideas espoused in this publication include an expansive range of intellects such as Jean Cassou, Lisa Deharme, Paul Eluard, Boris Kochno, Galerie Maratier, Armand Salacrou, Andre Ulmann, and Jean Wiener.

REFERENCES Tilburg, Patricia. (2015). “Sa Coquetterie Tue la Faim”: Garment Workers, Lunch Reform, and the Parisian Midinette, 1896-1933.” French Historical Society, 38(2),281-309. DOI: 10.1215/00161071-2842578. Sapiro, Gièsle. (2014).The French Writer’s War 1940-1953. (V. D. Anderson & D. Cohn, Trans.). London, UK: Duke University Press. (Original work published in 1999). DOI: 10.1215/9780822395126.

Curated by Sarah M. Decker, MALS '16

Handcrafted Book Art from Cuba’s Ediciones Vigia


In 1985, a Cuban poet Alfredo Zaldivar and an artist Rolando Estevez established a literary forum for a group of Cuban artists in Matanzas, Cuba and called it Ediciones Vigía. For over twenty years now the goal for these artists has been to create beautiful handmade books. Through all of the social and political shifts, and even a severe paper shortage the artists have found ways to create works of enormous artistry, imagination, and creativity, by using found and recycled materials, such as leaves, sand, broken glass, and plastic.

Although a specific artist creates each edition, a team of artists in a publishing house in Matanzas works to create multiple copies of the book.  On every book, a drawing of a lantern or oil lamp is placed as a logo for the Ediciones Vigía publications. Perhaps, this is synonymous with their missions to light the way for artists and readers to be inspired by the world around them, as well as bringing into light many important Cuban artists and authors.

Dartmouth first began to acquire these books in 2003 as a result of faculty’s growing interest in them and since then has acquired more than 100 volumes, located in the Art Special Collection of the Sherman Art  Library.  A selection of books will be on display in the Sherman Art Library reference room July 29 through November 30, 2015, and the whole collection can be browsed in Artstor, http://library.artstor.org/library/#3|collections|36183||Ediciones20Vigia20Artists20Books|||

This exhibit was curated by Stacey Lee ’17.


 Miro cartones, 1959-1965

book cover

Dartmouth College Library received an extensive donation of art exhibition catalogues and monographs, from the library collection of Stephen Edlich.  Stephen Edlich was an artist, art dealer and entrepreneur who grew up in Greenwich Village during the 1940s and 1950s. His father, Dr. Theodore J. Edlich, Jr. was a Washington Square Park doctor who worked with many local artists, including Frank Kline. He and his wife, Virginia, became patrons of the artist Franz Kline, who was a family friend and also influenced Stephen’s own art work.

Stephen exhibited with Robert Motherwell and Richard Diebenkorn and his work was published in Three Generations of American Painting: Motherwell, Diebenkorn, Edlich, Gruenebaum Gallery, 1976 [ND212 .G78 1976].  His art work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, Dallas Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, Guggenheim Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Brooklyn Museum of Art, among other collections.  As an art dealer, he helped build his father’s art collection as well as helped develop one of the largest Matisse bronze collections for entrepreneur and art collector Irving Deal.

Stephen built his personal art library collection, with special focus on late twentieth century art, for his own inspiration and research.  The collection was donated in memory of Marsha & Stephen Edlich, by their son, Alexander R. Edlich ’96.  Currently on display in the Sherman Art Library, Miró cartones, 1959-196, [ND813.M5 A4 1965] is one of the many exceptional volumes from the Edlich gift.  This limited edition includes an original double page lithograph by the artist Joan Miro, printed by Fernand Mourlot, as well as 8 magnificent pochoir prints of Miro work, printed and hand colored by Daniel Jacomet.  This work will be on display through June28, 2015.




Recent Exhibitions

What is a Book?

The Oxford English Dictionary defines a book as : A portable volume consisting of a series of written, printed, or illustrated pages bound together for ease of reading.

Today, with the popularity of ebooks and electronic publishing, the notion of what a book is comprised of is still evolving.  The idea of what a book is has also been addressed by many artists and five unique examples are on display in the Sherman Art Library from 6/19/14 – 11/26/14.

Non by Holton Rower
New York, N.Y. : Granary Books, [1995]
Mixed media artwork consisting of muslin cloth, fur, wax, linen tape, barge cement, bicycle tires and other media; enclosed in a muslin cloth wrapper.


Artist Holton Rower had been exploring non-representational abstract art, when he received a book commision from Granary Books.  He decided to pursue the non-representational theme into a book format, and created the one of a kind Non.
N7433.4.R683 A4 1995

An untold story by David Colosi
Brooklyn, NY : D. Colosi, c1996.


The artist has filed each word from a story under the corresponding letter card of a Rolodex file.
N7433.4.C646 U68 1996

Duster 2 by Robbin Ami Silverberg
Brooklyn, N.Y. : Dobbin Books, 2001.


"When I was in Japan I found a dusting brush made from the pages of a cut up book. In response to this confounding choice of disposible materials, I manufactured my own dusters in this small edition"—Robbin Ami Silverberg
Numbered 12/42
N7433.4.S55 D882 2001

Portable Mayan altar and  pocket books of Mayan spells
Chiapas, Mexico : Taller Leñateros, [2007].


Issued in an illustrated cardboard case (24 x 11 x 9 cm.) in the form of a traditional Mayan house (which opens to form an altar) and accompanied by: a clay, chalice-shaped incense burner, two clay candle holders in the form of animals and 12 colored candles.  Texts are in Tzotzil with English translation on opposite pages.
PM4466.Z95 E57 2007

Japanese screens in miniature; six masterpieces of the Momoyama period
Rutland, Vt., C.E. Tuttle Co. [1960].


727.4 C431j



Spring Flowers : Artists Books

Recent artists' books showcasing flowers are on display in the Sherman Art Library Reference Room, Feb. 14-May 30, 2014.


Mary Jeanne Linford's Passionate Posies combines her passion for pop-up books and games with flowers. The round miniature book has four double page pop-ups: apple blossom, pansy, rose, and passion flower.  Housed in a round metal box with clear glass removable lid, the book rests on the plastic see-through base that allows room for a BB game in the bottom of the metal box.  The 'loves me / loves me not' game has a drawing of a daisy flower with small indentations for a BB to land in as the box is manipulated.


A Pop-Up Field Guide to North American Wildflowers by Shawn Sheehy celebrates flowers from the most showy to the most humble. Not merely a survey, this field guide includes an essay detailing a 21st century "Language of Flowers."


Poppy Field by Jill Timm is an accordion fold pocket book with each pocket containing a small print that just sparkles with color.


Faith Medicine by Jamie Weaver grew out of memories of her father that surfaced as she attended a conference on Appalachian studies that focused on herbal remedies. She recalled how her father often dug for ginseng and sassafras roots, and she created the book to explore how these herbal remendies reconnected her to memories of her father. Each recipe card has an herbal recipe on one side with an associated memory of the artist's father on the other side.


Leonardo's Codice Atlantico


 The Codice Atlantico is the largest collection of Leonardo's notes and drawings ever assembled.  It consists of 1119 individual sheets that include 1750 drawings and 119 pages of notes by Leonardo and is currently preserved in Milan's Amrosiana Library.

The notes and drawings were brought together and compiled into the Codice Atlantico by the 16th century sculptor Pompeo Leoni.  This extraordinary work outlines Leonardo's diverse interests and knowledge of not just drawing and anatomy, but engineering, mathematics, mechanics and biology.  The codex includes Leonardo's designs for war devices, as well as his designs for flying machines, bridges and buildings.

His handwritten notes include biographical anecdotes, and meditations on philosophy and mathematics.  The name of codex is derived not from the Atlantic Ocean, but from its atlas like dimensions, referring to the term "atlantes", which is used in library science to represent extremely large volumes or multiple atlases.

Facsimile volumes 1 & 3 are on display in the Sherman Art Library reference room, from 10/25/13 - 1/31/14


Codice Atlantico by Leonardo da Vinci

Roma : TREC edizioni pregiate, c2003-c2007

Sherman Art Library Special Collection

NC257.L4 A4 2003d  v.1-3


Tattos in Art


The centuries old practice of tattooing has become a mainstream form of expression in modern times.  Once considered taboo in the Western world and a mark of status, rank, and rites of passage in non-Western cultures, tattoos have become a common denominator amongst all sexes, economic classes, and age groups.  Chosen for artistic, cosmetic, and sentimental qualities, a tattoo's symbolism and significance vary greatly across space and time.

On exhibit in Sherman Art Library, 6/12/13 - 10/18/13, are works from the Art Special Collection that explore the unique history and culture of tattoo.

Curated by Leandra Barrett '15


Pop Up Books from Visionaire - 12/6/12 - 5/31/13

Visionaire - Surprise, Issue 55,

pop up

Art Special Collection

N6497 .V57 2008

Since its inception in 1991, Visionaire has offered a forum for both established and emerging artists and designers.  Published three times a year,  Visionaire features a different theme and format in each issue.   Participating artists collaborate with Visionaire to develop personal interpretations of each theme.

On exhibit in the Sherman Art Library, are examples from Visionaire Surprise, Issue 55.  The theme is pop up books, and examples on display include:

Pyongyang; Pyongyang II, diptychon by Andreas Gursky

The passing winter  by Yayoi Kusama

Untitled work by Alasdair McLellan

Head on by Cai Guo-Qiang


 Max Ernst's Histoire Naturelle


Artist Max Ernst (1891-1976) embraced the Surrealist movement, and in the 1920's, exploring the surrealist principle of 'psychological automatism', he developed a unique drawing technique, of pencil rubbings on paper or canvas, he called frottage. His frottage drawings resulted in a series of works that later developed into one of his most famous artists' books, Histoire Naturelle. Ernst later applied a similar technique to his paintings, which he called grattage, or scrapings.

A film, Max Ernst by Peter Schamoni (1991), includes Ernst's own explanation and demonstration of how he developed this technique. 

The title for his Histoire Naturelle, is directly inspired by the famous Naturalis Historia or the Natural History by Pliny the Elder (25-79 AD/CE). Pliny's Natural History was his last great work, and is believed to have been completed around 77 AD/CE. This work was really an encyclopedia of the natural world, not just Pliny's research and observations of nature, but also how the natural world related to and inspired Roman learning and culture.

The Sherman Art Library has later editions of both Max Ernst Histoire Naturelle (c1956), and Pliny's Natural History (1634-35). These will be on display in the Sherman Art Library reference room from 8/3/12 – 11/16/12.


Makonde Shetani Art from the Collection of Norman Miller

Book Jacket for Encounters with Witchcraft

On Display in the Sherman Art Library

5/1 - 7/31 2012

Norman Miller, an specialist on East African art & culture has recently published his field notes on Makonde Shetani art, and depictions of witchcraft, Encounters with Witchcraft.  This exhibit showcases some examples of Makonde art from his personal collection, as well as several texts about Makonde art, culture and witchcraft. For further information, click on the link below.



Ten Bamboo Studio Collection of Calligraphy and Painting


One of the very first examples of multi-color wood block printing, the Ten Bamboo Studio Collection of Calligraphy and Painting, was first published in China by Hu Zhengyan in the early 17th century, c. 1633.   Named after the bamboo growing in front of his studio, these editions are masterpieces of color woodblock printing, and consist of eight subjects, bound as books, pairing each image with a matching poem by a master calligrapher.

The volumes are divided by the subject matter:  instructions, orchids, bamboo, plums, round fans, stones, fruit, birds & flowers.  The poems were chosen from a variety of old masters, and paired with water color sketches.  Hu Zhengyan assembled a team of seven other artists to assist him in creating the wood blocks and calligraphy for these editions.

These volumes employed an innovative printing technique called tou-pan, that allowed for subtle, multi-color printing, and replicated the look and feel of delicate watercolor paintings.  This enabled these volumes to serve as painting manual, predating the famous Mustard Seed Garden Manual of the late 16th century by several decades.

Tou-pan printing employed different sizes of blocks are designed according to the colors and shades of the painting that needs to be printed.  The painting was traced onto sheets of transparent paper and the sheets are covered reversely on the blocks so that the mirror images of the designs can be carved out.  Following the prescribed order, the blocks are printed onto a sheet of paper.  Some blocks create overlapped areas and as a result, different shades of colors will appear and the final product will look almost exactly the same as the original painting.

Shi zhu zhai shu hua ce  by Hu Zhengyan [no publication date, call #726.4 H86s] from the Sherman Art Library Special Collection will be on display in the Sherman Art Library reference room, 12/13/11 through 3/13/12


Das Turnierbuch fur Rene d'Anjou & Historia de Alejandro Magno

tournament   dragon

These two facsimiles editions from the Sherman Art Library Special Collection, of original Fifteenth Century manuscripts, are important to researchers specialized in art, history, literature and culture.The original Tournament Book of Rene  d'Anjou,  now kept in the Russian National Library in Saint Petersburg, is known throughout the world for its remarkable paintings and text. Produced in the last half of the 15th century, the manuscript contains the only version known of a poetic description of the Pas de Saumur, a joust festival that Rene d'Anjou had organized for his knights at Saumur in the year 1446.  Rene d'Anjou was a pivotal figure in European history, and an ambitious sovereign as well as an educated patron of the arts.  The tournaments he arranged were famous throughout Europe.  The masterfully executed illustrations are based on the lost original drawings of Barthelemy d'Eyck, an excellent painter who was active for a long period at Rene's court, and the manuscript also offers a wealth of valuable material for studies in medieval heraldry, as the illustrations show a great number of coat of arms and crests.The facsimile edition of the Historia de Alejandro Magno is a copy of one the oldest and most luxurious of the many manuscripts that illustrate the story of Alexander the Great. Filled with fanciful and masterful miniatures, this work held pride of place in the library of Isabel the First of Castile (1451-1504), and is now in the Bibliotheque Royale de Belgique. This story of Alexander the Great, written in Old French prose, takes as its model the narrative text of the Prelis, a battle history written in the 10th century by Archbishop Leo of Naples. In addition to narrating historic events, its content evolved into a novel of adventure with descriptions of exotic voyages and legends that reflected the spirit of medieval society.The books will be on display in the Carpenter Hall Foyer from 8/9/2011 - 11/25/2011

The Art of Memory

memory   dobbin

According to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy:  

" 'Memory' labels a diverse set of cognitive capacities by which we retain information and reconstruct past experiences, usually for present purposes. Memory is one of the most important ways by which our histories animate our current actions and experiences. Most notably, the human ability to conjure up long-gone but specific episodes of our lives is both familiar and puzzling, and is a key aspect of personal identity. Memory seems to be a source of knowledge. We remember experiences and events which are not happening now, so memory differs from perception. We remember events which really happened, so memory is unlike pure imagination. Yet, in practice, there can be close interactions between remembering, perceiving, and imagining. Remembering is often suffused with emotion, and is closely involved in both extended affective states such as love and grief, and socially significant practices such as promising and commemorating. It is essential for much reasoning and decision-making, both individual and collective. It is connected in obscure ways with dreaming. Some memories are shaped by language, others by imagery. Much of our moral and social life depends on the peculiar ways in which we are embedded in time. Memory goes wrong in mundane and minor, or in dramatic and disastrous ways."

Four artists books from the Art Special Collection in the Sherman Art Library, illustrating different aspects of memory and memory loss, are in display in the Carpenter Hall Foyer, from December 21, 2010 - April 8, 2011.


Materia Medica


The Sherman Art Library Special Collections includes outstanding manuscript facsimiles of early herbals, or Materia Medica.  The term materia medica was derived from the title of a 1st century work by the Greek physician Dioscorides entitled De materia medica libri quinque in Latin, which translates as concerning medical matter in five volumes, in English.

Materia Medica has since come to refer to both ancient herbals and modern pharmacopeias.  Materia Medica were among the first written works produced.  These works contain physical descriptions of plants, minerals, animals, even the seasons, as well as their   medicinal, culinary or toxic properties, and often include associated myths and legends.

Facsimiles on display in Carpenter Hall through 12/1/10 are:

Le livre des simples medecines. Barcelona : Moleiro Editor, c2001

Medicina antiqua : Codex Vindobonensis 93 der Oterreichischen Nationalbibliothek : Kommentar / von Hans Zotter. Graz : Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt, c1996

Theatrum sanitatis : Biblioteca casanatense. Barcelona : M. Moleiro Editor, S.A., c1999

Theriaka y Alexipharmaka di Nicandro.  Barcelona : Moleiro, 1997

 The Directed Gaze: Ursula K. LeGuin's  Direction of the Road, illustrated with an anamorphic woodcut by Aaron Johnson


The word anamorphosis comes from the Greek: ana -back, and morphe -form.  Viewed from a specific vantage point, the distorted image recovers a recognizable form, and often seems to lift up from the actual surface.

Anamorphic forms and devices were explored extensively during the Renaissance as scientists and artists attempted to understand how vision and perspective worked.  Illustrations of early anamorphic devices by Leonardo Da Vinci, Egnatio Danti, and Pietro Accolti are displayed along with artist Aaron Johnson's contemporary anamorphic woodcut, that accompanies a special publication of Ursula K. Le Guin's short story, the Direction of the Road.

Le Guin's story of a tree's perspective of the changing 20th century world around it is perhaps uniquely suited to anamorphic illustration.

The exhibit will be displayed in the foyer of Carpenter Hall 5/14/09 - 10/23/09

The Art of Traveling

Student Travel Journals from the 2008 Art History FSP 

Travelers throughout history and across the globe have often recorded their impressions in journals.  This exhibition features the travel journals of thirteen of the sixteen students from the Spring '08 Art History Foreign Study Program.  The journals are embellished with sketches made on site, postcards, tickets, photographs and receipts.  These journals offer a glimpse into the life of Dartmouth students abroad.

This exhibition was curated by Associate Professor Angela Rosenthal, and FSP students Caroline Cima '10 and Meghan McDavid '10, with the generous help of Patrick Dunphy, Exhibitions Designer of the Hood Museum of Art.

The exhibit will be on Display in Carpenter Hall between September 18 and December 3, 2008. The opening will be on October 1, at 4:15pm.

Artists' Books from Taller Lenateros, Chiapas, Mexico

faceOn exhibit in Carpenter Hall, Sherman Art Library 6/4/2007 - 9/24/2007

Founded in 1975, by the Mexican Poet Ambar Past, Taller Lenateros is a cooperative artists workshop, located in the city San Cristobal, in Chiapas Mexico.   The cooperative works to preserve and promote Mayan culture, primarily in the form of books, prints, and handmade paper.

One of the first publications from Taller Lenateros was Bon Tintes Naturales, in 1980.  Published in Spanish and Tzotzil, this manual was inexpensively produced on newsprint, and contains natural dye recipes, plant illustrations, a map for locating supplies around San Cristobal, as well as poetry and commentary.  This publication was an outgrowth of the Natural Dye School, a women's cooperative established in San Cristobal, to preserve the ancient recipes and methods for naturally dyeing fibers.  The school has grown into a self supporting institution, and holds workshops across Mexico, Guatemala, and Nicaragua.  Bon Tintes Naturales is now in a second print run.

After the success of the Natural Dye School, and the publication of the Bon Tintes Naturales, Taller Lenateros began to focus more on paper making and book production.  Conjuros y Ebriedades : Cantos de Mujeres Mayas [ Conjuring Spells and Drinking Songs of Mayan Women], is one of their most important publications.  Songs, poems and stories were collected from Mayan women in remote villages  for 23 years, and the finished volume is the first book to be written, illustrated, and published by the Mayan people in over 1000 years

Published in Tzotzil with a Spanish translation, the paper is made from palm fronds, recycled log wood, and soot.  The three-dimensional cover was created by Norwegian sculptor Gitte Daehlin and is cast from paper made of recycled cardboard boxes, corn silk and coffee.

In 1992, Taller Lenateros began published La Jicara [ the Gourd], a journal to promote the literature, history and art of the Mayan people.  The first edition of 200 copies, numero zero, sold out in ten minutes .  Since then, edition size has grown to 1,000 copies, and some editions are devoted to special topics, such as La Jicara 8 (1998), which is an issue devoted to celebrating peace, after the end of the civil war in Guatemala.  This issue took twenty people three years to assemble.  It contains 150 silk screen prints, tipped in facsimiles of  letters, telegrams and postcards, from politicians, soldiers and civilians during the civil war.  Books with in books have been created, and foldouts of news sheets from the era, as well as loose, one of kind prints are enclosed.  The journal is wrapped with a string held in a gourd clasp, which was hand carved in the village of Rabinal in Guatemala.

This volume of the journal is a truly unique accomplishment in bookmaking.

Taller Lenateros continues to create and publish beautiful artists' books, such as Words of Chan K'in : Lacandon Jungle (2000).  Created as a tribute to Chan K'in Viejo, patriarch of the Lacandon Maya, who died on the 23rd of December of 1996, at the age of 116.   Issued in wrapper of molded paper, the title is printed on leaf which has been glued to box and threaded with a piece of vine.  The paper was made with pansy flowers and renewable fibers from the rainforest, such as banana trunks, pine needles, oak leaves, ferns, corn husks, lichen, vines and palm fronds.

Two drawings by Hokusai

On display in Carpenter Hall July - September 2006

Two facsimiles of drawings by Hokusai from the collection of William Rothenstein Published by Essex House Press in Gloucestershire, 1910, #6 of an edition of 50

Drawing 1 _Guardian of Heaven_

The symbolic figure of a tiger, the mighty guardian of Heaven [drawn] as a vital and natural expression of forceful conviction. W. Rothenstein

Drawing 2 _A Goblin_

The furtive presence of evil . . . this drawing of a malicious spirit shows a beauty of touch set down with a marvelous precision. W. Rothenstein

Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) was an Edo period Japanese artist, painter, wood engraver, born in Edo (now Tokyo). Author of the 15-volume sketchbook Hokusai manga (begun in 1814) and the block prints Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji, (created around 1823-1829), which includes "In the Hollow of a Wave off the Coast at Kanagawa." He is still considered one of the outstanding figures of the ukiyo-e, or "pictures of the floating world" (transient pleasure-seeking, i.e., the world of theaters, restaurants, teahouses, courtesans and geishas), school of printmaking. Hokusai is also renowned for his erotic prints in shunga style. In fact many of the prints of both Hokusai and Sharaku were actually advertisements for brothel houses and theaters, performances or idol portraits of actors and teahouse girls. His art was an important source of inspiration for many European impressionists like Claude Monet and American artist James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903).

The largest of Hokusai's works is the 15-volume collection Hokusai Manga, a book crammed with inventive sketches that was published between 1814 -1878. Its caricatures are often considered the precedent to modern manga.

Literally translated, manga means "random (or whimsical) pictures". The word first came into common usage in the late 18th century, with the publication of such works as Suzuki Kankei's "Mankaku zuihitsu" (1771) and Santo Kyoden's picturebook "Shiji no yukikai" (1798)?and in the early 19th century with such works as Aikawa Minwa's "Manga hyakujo" (1814) and the celebrated Hokusai manga containing assorted drawings from the sketchbook of Hokusai.


Der Rosenroman des Berthaud d'Achy & Libro del Caballero Zifar

On Display in the Carpenter Foyer, Jan. 13 - May 26 2006

The Roman de la Rose (Romance of the Rose) was one of the most popular French poems of the late medieval period of European history. Modeled on Ovid's Art of Love (about 1 BC), the poem is composed of more than 21,000 lines and survives in more than 300 manuscripts, including this facsimile edition of the Vatican Library's lavishly illuminated 13th century manuscript, Der Rosenroman des Berthaud d'Achy.

It was written in two stages. The first 4,058 lines, written by Guillaume de Lorris circa 1230, describes the attempts of a courtier to woo his beloved. This part of the story is set in a walled garden the interior of which represents romance, the exterior everyday life. The rose of the title is seen as a symbol of the lady's love. It is unclear whether Lorris considered his version to be incomplete.  It breaks off with the rose imprisoned in the castle of Jealousy with the Lover disconsolate on the outside. The poem was taken up by Jean de Meun around 1275, an academic at the University of Paris, who continued it for another 17,724 lines, which cover religion, philosophy, history, science, sex, love, marriage, and women.   Meun's discussion of love is considered more philosophical but more misogynistic and bawdy.

The work was both very popular and very controversial, but also provoked attacks many other writers and moralists of the 14th and 15th centuries, and is thought to have influenced many other authors, including Chaucer.

The Book of the Knight Zifar (also known as The Romance of the Knight Zifar) is a late 15th century, chivalresque novel that tells the story of Zifar and his family following their departure from the kingdom of Tarta hounded by misfortune. On their journey in search of a brighter future, God puts him to the test many times but Zifar accepts his misfortune with Christian resignation. Accompanied by a clever rogue, he sets off for Mentsn, a kingdom at war with invaders, and proves himself to be such a fine general that he defeats the enemy and is proclaimed king. The wife and children who had gone missing many years before then reappear. Just when the tale seems to end a new part of the story begins. His younger son, Roboan, not content with being the second son, asks his father for permission to seek new opportunities as he had done in other parts of the world. Zifar agrees but first he speaks to his children at length about their behavior in the world, how they should treat others and defend the Church, impart justice etc. Roboan sets off on his adventure and applies his father's teaching so well that he becomes the emperor of Tigrida. Only then does he agree to marry Queen Seringa, who had offered him a kingdom like his father's.

Not only does this codex tell a fascinating tale but the history of the manuscript itself is remarkable too, revealing the type of social circles likely to appreciate such a beautiful codex. Behind the adventures told in the Book of Zifar the Knight lies a perfect handbook for educating princes, hence it is no surprise that it always features on their bookshelves. The original copy of this facsimile was specially made for the library of Henry IV of Castile, hence its opulent lavishness.  The original today is in the Bibliothhque nationale de France.

Drawings by Tamayo

On Display in the Carpenter Hall Foyer 6/17 - 10/30 2005

DRAWINGS BY TAMAYO By  Enrique F. Gual Mexico: Ediciones Mexicanas, 1950, 1st edition, Sherman Art Library Special Collection.

This is the first published book devoted to Rufino Tamayo's drawings.  These pages offer a look at Tamayo the artist, as an extraordinarily sensitive draftsman.  Many of these drawings are the origins of his great murals and paintings, and offer a glimpse into the artist's creative process.

Rufino Tamayo is one of the best known Latin American artists. His work may be found in major museums such as the Palacio Nacional de Bellas Artes, Mexico, the Philips Collection in Washington, the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid as well as the Hood Museum of Art at here at Dartmouth College.

20 Years of Handmade Books  from Cuba's Ediciones Vigia

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Working with limited resources and recycled materials, artists from Matanzas Cuba  formed an independent publishing house, Ediciones Vigia, in 1985.  With use of only two machines, a borrowed mimeograph machine and typewriter, plus tremendous imagination, these artists have created limited editions of handmade, hand colored books for twenty years.  Concentrating on poetry, short stories, and works for children, these books encompass a variety of formats, including sewn books, accordion style bindings, scrolls, and more.

Selections from the Sherman Art Library Special Collection will be on display in the Main Hall of Baker Library, through the summer term.

Maidu Creation Myths

On Display in the Foyer of Carpenter 10/11/2004 - 1/11/2005

Volumne I  THE CREATION AS THE MAIDU TOLD IT (2002) This book is a joint effort of William Shipley¿s bilingual translation of the Maidu Creation myth and the images of Daniel O. Stolpe. Editions of sixty-five numbered copies and twenty-six lettered copies ( includes special color woodcut), Text printed in Weiss and Doulos on Arches Cover White. Four translators, two printers, and eight artist¿s copies printed for the contributors. Printed by Peter Koch of Berkeley, full linen binding by Taurus Bindery of San Francisco.

26 pages, 14 x 28 inches - 15 Illustrated pages - 2 full page woodcuts on pastedown

Volume II  THE ADVERSARIES (2003) William Shipley's second volume to the Maidu/English translation of the Maidu Creation Myth with lithographs by Daniel Stolpe.  Editions of sixty-five numbered and twenty-six lettered copies which include a special colored print. The edition is printed letterpress in Weiss and doulos on Arches Cover White. Four translator's, two printer's, eight artist's, and four presentation copies printed for the contributors. Letterpress printing by Peter Koch of Berkeley, and full linen binding by Taurus Bindery of San Francisco.

26 pages, 14 x 28 inches - 17 lithographs-two printed pastedown images.

The anthropologist William Shipley is the foremost expert in the Maidu language, a native  American language spoken by a small group in northern California. As with many native languages, the Maidu language has been on the edge of extinction for decades, with only one or two speakers left. Shipley made it his mission to learn the language before it disappeared altogether. He has become one of the last living speakers of the language. Recently, however, he has had the good fortune of meeting and collaborating with a young Maidu of mixed blood who is committed to carrying on his work. The myths in these volumes were originally transcribed in the early 20th century; Shipley has retranslated these earlier texts from the Maidu into a more accessible form. These Volumes are a unique version of Shipley's translations, but many of these tales are also available in a more conventional form in a circulating copy in the Baker-Berry stacks.

Artist's Books by Jill Timm

What Jill Timm began with her first book in the fifth grade has come full circle with the establishment of her Mystical Places Press in Austin, Texas in 1998.  The Press moved to Wenatchee, WA in 2002. The name Mystical Places reflects her dedication to the spirit and aesthetic of the natural environment. Her artist books are included in several consumer crafts and bookmaking books. Articles about her books have been published in the _Miniature Books Society_ and _The Microbibliophile_ periodicals. Her books are included in the _Twentieth Century United States Miniature Books_ by Robert Bradbury.

Please stop by the display cases in Carpenter Hall, next to the Sherman Art Library to see several examples from the Sherman Art Special Collection.  This display will continue 3/26/2004 through 6/12/2004.