Exhibit Opening Celebration: ‘Making the Book, Past and Present’

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Exhibit Opening Celebration: ‘Making the Book, Past and Present’

January 30 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Enjoy refreshments, curator remarks, and an open house in recognition of the spring 2024 Main Library Gallery exhibit, Making the Book, Past and Present, curated by Eric Ensley and Emily Martin.

Event Schedule 

4–6 p.m.: Reception and open house with curators Eric Ensley and Emily Martin

4:30 p.m.: Brief remarks from Ensley and Martin in the Main Library Gallery, University of Iowa Libraries

The Main Library Gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays. Admission to the gallery is always free. No RSVP required for this event.

About the exhibit:  

Making the Book, Past and Present explores the intersections of history, art, and practicality. What can we learn by placing books, materials, and makers from the Middle Ages through today in conversation with one another? Many techniques and materials common centuries ago still inspire contemporary book artists and bookbinders. The exhibition features a global selection of rare historic books and modern book art. From medieval manuscripts and early modern works to recent book sculptures, pop-ups, and books that move, these Special Collections & Archives materials shown together make a visual feast representing the strong connection between books and makers past and present.

Learn more about the exhibit at lib.uiowa.edu/gallery.


Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Sara Pinkham in advance at 319-467-1805 or sara-pinkham@uiowa.edu.


Main Library Gallery, University of Iowa Libraries
125 W Washington St
Iowa City, IA 52242 United States
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