Monday, March 25, 2013

pull/open/turn: A Celebration

Join us in the MEWS on March 26th from 4:30-5:30 for an event celebrating pull/open/turn, a display of movable and interactive books from Mount Holyoke College’s Special Collections.

Writers and artists have been inventing ways to change the format of books for about as long as books have existed—and printers and publishers have been finding ways to make those visions into reality. The history of interactive books stretches from sixteenth-century moving diagrams to modern artists’ books and from 1800s railroad publicity to a four-foot-long pop-up mummy, and it isn’t quite as linear as you might think. Books re-use and re-invent old ways of opening and investigating through new formats and new media.
Laura Davidson's Florence (Travel Guide Series) is featured in pull/open/turn.  (N733.4 D39 A634)

The irony of displaying interactive books inside a case mirrors the tension between preservation and access that any Special Collections must constantly balance.  To ease that tension, we will open the cases in the MEWS during the event on March 26th and allow visitors to flip through pop-up books and turn volvelles.  We'll have button-making, and LITS staff will be on hand to teach origami as well as how to make pop-up cards!

After you’ve played with the books and folded paper yourself, come back between 9:30-12:00 or 1:00-4:30 weekdays to see the other half of the exhibition in the Archives and Special Collections lobby (basement of Dwight Hall). 

pull/open/turn was curated by Alena McNamara (’13), Special Collections Student Assistant.

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