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2007 Lectures and Events

Papel Mexicano

  • November 3–December 15, 2007
  • Reception November 2, 5:30–7:30 pm

Paper is everywhere and is used in all societies today. The interesting
thing about how paper is used in Mexico is the variety, artistry and in-
genuity. A Dia de los Muertos altar in honor of Dard Hunter (considered the “God” of today’s papermakers), to various proofs that surrealism is alive and well in Mexico today—proof that imagination knows no bounds. Strange wings and long tongues that emerge from the open mouths of exotic painted creatures, skulls and painted masks, amate figures (used in a sort of witchcraft) and a plethora of papel picado… these and muchos mas will be on exhibit at the Center. Contributions of Chicago Mexican-Americans will also be exhibited with the help of Columbia’s Latino Alliance members.

Reading, Writing & ‘Rithmetic

  • Learning as it used to be
  • September 15–October 27, 2007
  • Reception September 14, 5:30–7:30 pm

Before television, before video games and before Sesame Street, we learned the basic 3 R’s in a simpler way. This exhibition looks at writing manuals dating back to the seventeenth century; early readers and spellers, flash-cards and alphabet books, math and geometry tomes from the turn-of-the-century, all what are now thought of as “ancient” learning tools. Dick & Jane invite you to see why the state of education is in such turmoil today.

He Grand Revelation

  • Graduate Students from the Editions 2007 Class
  • Friday, June 8, 6:30

The 5th anniversary of this event promises to be anything but wooden. Jill Lanza, Joseph Lappie and Liz Wolf have sweated and slaved since September with the intent of wowing you with their artists’ book editions. Be charmed by the wit and whimsy. Be awed by the process details. Be present for the Grand Revelation.

Vamp & Tramp, Booksellers, Llc.

  • Bill & Vicky Stewart
  • Friday, April 13, 7:30

Back by popular demand: Vicky and Bill Stewart of Vamp & Tramp Booksellers will be in town to display their wares and talk about the business of peddling artists’ books. Bill and Vicky’s insights are invaluable; this is a not-to-be-missed event for collectors and for any book artist, particularly for those who are interested in finding representation.


  • 8th Annual Edible Book & Tea
  • Sunday, April 1st, 2007, 1-3PM

Seaweed Bibles… Asparagus scrolls… Jello Romance Novels…
The Edible Book & Tea is one of the most creative and delicious art events of the year. You don’t have to be a novelist or a bookbinder to make an edible book. You just need a little creative inspiration and some culinary daring. Books are on display for ample ooh-ing, ahh-ing, and some light chuckling, followed by a feast!

A Letterpress Show and Tell

  • David Wolske
  • Friday, March 23, 6:30

While predictability is a virtue of traditional letterpress printing, it is tantamount to creative death. With practice the inherent rigidity and physical limitations of the letterpress process can be transformed into a potent methodology for discovery, imagination and self-expression. Please join us!

Entrepreneurship and the Arts

  • Waverly Deutsch
  • Friday, March 9, 6:30

Waverly Deutsch, Clinical Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship, has said: “[Entrepreneurship]…is a process that involves a little bit of luck. It’s so important to entrepreneurs.” In this installment in our Friday Night Lecture Series, Ms. Deutsch will offer advice that will minimize your dependence on luck as you begin to make a living by selling your art. Waverly Deutsch teaches in the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago.