People who judge a book by its cover would be impressed with the work of Alvin Lustig (1915-1955), who designed book jackets for notable works such as F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby (1945), D. H. Lawrence’s The Man Who Died (1947), and Tennessee William’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955). Authors Ned Drew and Paul Sternberger reflect on Lustig’s fascinating life as a modernist designer in their new book, Purity of Aim: The Book Jacket Designs of Alvin Lustig.
Read the press release from RIT.
Claude Bragdon and the Beautiful Necessity was published earlier this year. Bragdon was a Rochester modernist architect, writer, illustrator, critic, theorist, and theater designer. This book accompanies an exhibition of the same name, on view at Rare Books & Special Collections at University of Rochester through October.
Sunday, August 1, 2 p.m.
Book signing and talk by Eugenia Victoria Ellis and Andrea G. Reithmayr, editors of Claude Bragdon & the Beautiful Necessity
3349 Monroe Avenue
Rochester, NY 14618
Wednesday, August 4th, 7 p.m.
Lecture by Eugenia Ellis on The Beautiful Necessity: The Regulating Lines of Claude Bragdon’s Transcendental Architecture
740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607
$3 W&B members / $6 general public
“In nature, in number, in geometry, in music, also, there is but one law, a law infinitely simple, infinitely subtle, incommunicable, evanescent. It is what Emerson calls the Beautiful Necessity. Gentlemen, let us build altars to that Beautiful Necessity.”
-- Claude Bragdon, “Mysticism and Architecture.”
As staff photographer and later White House news photographer, Bernie Boston chronicled the civil dissension and strife of the 1960s, prompted by the Civil Rights and anti-Vietnam war movements; the hermetic, inner sanctum of the White House and its Presidential residents; and history-making newsmakers, scandals, conflicts, and triumphs. He possesses a trained instinct for arresting a heightened moment drawn from unfolding human experience; an instinct that bores into the very essence of a specific time and place, as seen in the signature and iconic work of this exhibition, Flower Power, a second-place Pulitzer Prize award-winner in 1967.
Purchase the book Bernie Boston: American Photojournalist along with the Flower Power poster and save $5.00.
The Alexander S. Lawson Publishing Center has received a Gold Citation from American School & University Magazine in the 2010 Educational Interiors Showcase—the premier competition honoring education interiors excellence. This year, the panel of Educational Interiors Showcase judges selected 95 projects to be profiled in the August issue of American School & University. The Center was designed by LaBella Associates, PC of Rochester, NY.
“Strong organizational theme; a perfect project to display art: “The medium becomes the message”; simple, effective use of materials.”—2010 jury
We just released Claude Bragdon and the Beautiful Necessity. Several events in Rochester this summer will celebrate his work.
- University of Rochester, through October 16
EXHIBIT: Claude Bragdon and the Beautiful Necessity, Rare Books and Special Collections Department, 2nd floor of Rush Rhees Library
- George Eastman House, 900 East Ave., 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 6
“Claude Bragdon’s West Garden” lecture and garden tour with Eastman House landscape curator Amy Kinsey
- First Universalist Church of Rochester, 150 S. Clinton Ave., 1 p.m. on
Sunday, June 27
Free lecture and tour of church with Historian Karen Dau
- Barnes & Noble, 3349 Monroe Ave., Pittsford, 2 p.m. on Sunday, August 1
On Claude Bragdon’s birthday, a book signing and lecture by Eugenia Ellis
- Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave., Aug. 14-Dec. 12
Featured exhibition for public viewing:
“Episodes from an Unwritten History: Claude Bragdon and Fritz Trautman”
- Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave., Oct. 10, time TBA
Linda D. Henderson, book writer, contributor and professor in art history at the
University of Texas at Austin will lecture on “Claude Bragdon and Modern Art”
James Duffus' new book, The Old Bank: The Rochester Savings Bank and its Presidents and Trustees from 1831 to 1983, chronicles the dynamic lifespan of an important Rochester institution, a mutual savings bank, that by definition was owned by its depositors and operated for their benefit.
Saturday, April 10, 2010, 7:00 PM
Barnes & Noble Pittsford Plaza
Mother Daughter: Posing As Ourselves, published by RIT Cary Graphic Arts Press in 2009, received a prestigious i-Tonie Award sponsored by Mohawk Fine Papers. The Honorable Mention award, which includes a cash prize of $250, is voted on by industry experts and presented annually in recognition of world-class HP Indigo printing utilizing Mohawk papers for the HP Indigo press. Judges look for projects that exhibit “intelligence, virtuosity, maximization of HP Indigo capabilities, and excellence in production.” The book was printed at RIT’s Printing Applications Lab (PAL) and features stunningly accurate reproductions of black-and-white photographs by RIT professor Elaine O’Neil on a digital press using custom quadtone ink sets for the Hewlett-Packard (HP) Indigo Press. Independently owned Mohawk Fine Papers is the largest premium paper manufacturer in North America and is headquartered in Cohoes, New York.
The Rochester Savings Bank lived for 152 years, a dynamic life span for this important Rochester, N.Y., institution that had a remarkable impact on the community. The author, Jim Duffus, is one of the bank's former trustees, who served 34 years on its board and that of its successor.
On Thursday, March 25, from 2-4 p.m., the author will sign books at the Alexander S. Lawson Publishing Center, second floor of the Wallace Center at RIT.
For more information on the book, please visit: http://carypress.rit.edu/publications/books/old-bank.html
Our letterpress-printed note cards can't be beat! $2.00 for 4 cards and they're all made right at RIT with historical metal type and equipment from the Cary Graphic Arts Collection. Selections include hearts, love, bow and arrow, xoxo, and xoxo skull. Buying in person? Individual cards are available for $1 each with colored envelopes. Feel free to stop by and browse.
The Future of Reading Symposium Rochester Institute of Technology June 9–12, 2010
The Future of Reading Symposium
Rochester Institute of Technology
June 9–12, 2010
Join us for provocative and challenging presentations by world-class authors and experts in writing systems, content creation, linguistics, vision and cognition, typography, and visual media that all seek to answer the question, “How will reading change in the next decade?”
Featuring keynotes by Margaret Atwood, Booker Prize-winning author Chris Anderson, editor-in-chief, Wired Magazine
Featuring keynotes by
Margaret Atwood, Booker Prize-winning author
Chris Anderson, editor-in-chief, Wired Magazine