Our letterpress-printed note cards can't be beat! $3.00 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, and xoxo. Buying in person? Individual cards are available for $1 each with colored envelopes. Or send roses with our flower cards. Our books and calendars make great gifts too. Feel free to stop by and browse.
"Kate Gleason was born into a world and a century that wasn’t ready for her confidence, courage, or competence, just like her friend and mentor, Susan B. Anthony. Kate was more than ready for the world. Plunge into the “Life and Letters” to journey with this remarkable woman whose life flows from the end of the Civil War to the early years of the Great Depression, from Rochester to France, and from California to South Carolina. You will emerge feeling energized and renewed by what one woman can accomplish." -Deborah L. Hughes, Executive Director, Susan B. Anthony House
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For a quarter century, the winner of the S. Rae Hickok Professional Athlete of the Year award received the most renowned prize for sports in America. It was the Hickok Belt—an alligator-skin belt with a 5-pound, solid gold buckle encrusted with diamonds, rubies and sapphires.
New York Yankee slugger Mickey Mantle won the Hickok in 1956, boxer Carmen Basilio in 1957, golfer Arnold Palmer in 1960, NFL running back Jim Brown in 1964, and baseball legend Sandy Koufax hit the jackpot twice—in 1963 and 1965.
“I’ve received many, many awards, but this is the greatest tribute paid any athlete,” said Red Sox MVP outfielder Carl Yastrzemski after he became the victor in 1967.
Nationally recognized sports columnist and author Scott Pitoniak tells the story of the award, the winners and its history in Jewel of the Sports World: The Story of the Hickok Belt Award. The book includes a foreword by Muhammad Ali (who won in 1974) and is published by RIT Press, a scholarly publishing enterprise at Rochester Institute of Technology.
Linda Henderson, professor of art history at the University of Texas at Austin, speaks on "Claude Bragdon and Modern Art." Henderson is a contributor to the new book Claude Bragdon and the Beautiful Necessity, published by RIT's Cary Graphic Arts Press. Her lecture, which is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Episodes from an Unwritten History: Claude Bragdon and Fritz Trautmann, is made possible by the Anne Hayden McQuay Endowed Fund.
Memorial Art Gallery, Sunday, October 10, 2010, Starts at 2:00 pm. Followed by a book signing. Included in Gallery admission.
Pictured: Claude Bragdon, Shield for Song and Light Festival (ca. 1915). Gift of Chandler Bragdon.
Claude Bragdon and the Beautiful Necessity was published by RIT Cary Graphic Arts Press earlier this year.
The Vignelli Center for Design Studies opened September 16 on the campus of Rochester Institute of Technology. To honor this occasion we have added several related items to our catalog:Design is One Vignelli: From A to Z The Vignelli Canon Design and Science Unimark International American Modernism Graphic Design Archives Chapbook Series: Books 1-4 design:Vignelli tote bag design:Vignelli pin
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”