The Chicago Calligraphy Collective was founded in 1976 to promote the study, practice, and appreciation of calligraphy in all its historical and present-day applications.
Friday, May 1, 2015
Ephemera are traces of the everyday—materials, usually printed, designed to be read or consumed in some way and then discarded. From bus tickets to party invitations, dance cards to advertisements, these items form the texture of social and commercial exchange.
This memorial exhibition celebrates the life and work of James M. Wells (1917 - 2014), one of the most recognized rare-book specialists in the United States. In 1951 Wells joined the staff of the Newberry, where he established his expertise in the history of printing and calligraphy. Wells served as custodian of the John M.
Celebrated short story writer Katherine Mansfield has generally been relegated to the fringe of literary modernism, especially among the influential Bloomsbury Group, who referred to her as the “little colonial.” Katherine Mansfield and the “Blooms-berries” displays a selection of Mansfield’s letters and notebooks which provide a context for better understanding her fiction and w
The Genealogy and Local History staff will introduce visitors to the Newberry and explain how to use its collections at an informal orientation. Aimed at researchers new to the library and/or new to genealogical research, this session will last approximately an hour, followed by a short tour of the library.
Browne’s Pseudodoxia Epidemica, first printed in 1646, is an early modern ‘mythbusters’ that dismantles fables and superstitions about science, culture, and religion.
5:30 reception, 6 pm program
From the colony at Jamestown to John Winthrop’s “City on a Hill,” the story of America’s founding is one of migrants and migrations, of colonizers and the colonized, of households and servitude and slavery, and of the freedom all craved and some found.
4:30 pm reception; 5 pm program
This event has been cancelled, but may be rescheduled at a future date. Check our website for updates.
Michele and Pete Willmott, 2015 Newberry Library Award Dinner Co-chairs, and the Newberry’s Board of Trustees invite you to the Annual Award Dinner honoring Stacy Schiff.
6 pm | Presentation of Award
7 pm | Cocktail reception
8 pm | Dinner
The United States currently incarcerates more people than any place on earth, with over two million men, women, and children behind bars and millions more under some form of carceral control.
Who doesn’t accumulate new stacks of catalogs, advertising flyers, business cards, and mementos each year? The Newberry is certainly no exception. Often overlooked in our daily lives, these pieces of ephemera offer glimpses into the past, showing us not only how printing technology and design aesthetics have evolved through the years, but also how our lives have changed.
Why are we so uncomfortable with making judgments? Is there a role for judgment in the arts and humanities, or is judgment too subjective a way of approaching aesthetic objects? To answer these questions, we need to look back at the emergence of aesthetics as a discipline in the eighteenth century.