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“Birdseye View of Lower Manhattan.” An engraved copper plate made by W.T. Littig & Co, from a panoramic watercolor by Richard Rummell (1848–1924), circa 1914. Public domain.

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Upcoming events

The Paper Legacy Study Collection at the Thomas J. Watson Library, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Friday, May 10, 2019
6:00-7:30 p.m.
1000 Fifth Avenue, NY, NY 10028
Free; RSVP required (email

In 2018, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Thomas J. Watson Library established the Paper Legacy study collection: an initiative at Watson to document the work and histories of prominent professional American decorative paper artists, active in the U.S. from the late 1960s to the present.

More than 20 artists have been collected to date, including such distinguished producers of marbled, paste, painted and printed papers as Cave Paper, Chena River Marblers, Madeleine Durham, Lost Link Design, Moth Marblers, Marbler’s Apprentice, Marblesmith, Diane Maurer, Paul Maurer, Maziarczyk Paste Papers, Iris Nevins, Susan Pogány, Hook Pottery Paper, Sage Reynolds Paste Papers, Deena Schnitman, Peggy Skycraft, and Robert Wu, among others. Each artist is represented in the collection by a self-selected, representative body of specimens, a biographical questionnaire, and additional materials, including exhibition histories, correspondence, notebooks, and material recipe books. (See sample images on Instagram here)

Watson Library is pleased to host APHA-NY for a pop-up display of selections from the Paper Legacy collection, with a guided talk about the project and display by Mindell Dubansky, Museum Librarian, Preservation, at Watson Library, who envisioned and is leading the initiative.

To RSVP, email with the name(s) of those attending. Registration priority will be given to active members of APHA-NY, with remaining spots open to guests of members and prospective members as space permits. (For information about joining APHA, please visit:

About Thomas J. Watson Library:
Thomas J. Watson Library is the central research library of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Its collection of books and periodicals relating to the history of art is one of the most comprehensive in the world. In addition to supporting the research activities of the Museum staff, Watson welcomes a broad range of students and researchers college age and above, and is open to the public without appointment or charge.

Tschichold and the New Typography: Graphic Design Between the World Wars

Curator-led tour of the exhibition by Paul Stirton

Wednesday, May 15, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Bard Graduate Center
18 W 86th Street, New York, NY 10024

The New York Chapter of the American Printing History Association is pleased to present a tour of the exhibition, Tschichold and the New Typography: Graphic Design Between the World Wars, by exhibition curator, Paul Stirton, Associate Professor, Bard Graduate Center. To RSVP, please email with the names of those wishing to attend. Registration priority will be given to active members of APHA-NY, with remaining spots open to non-members as space permits.

About the Exhibition:
“Tracing the revolution in graphic design in the 1920s, this exhibition displays materials assembled by typographer and designer Jan Tschichold (1902–1974) in Weimar Germany. Published in Berlin in 1928, Tschichold’s book Die Neue Typographie was one of the key texts of modern design, partly due to its grasp of Constructivist ideas and new print technology, but equally, because it was a manual for practicing designers. In the years leading up to its publication, Tschichold struck up a correspondence with many European artist-designers, including Kurt Schwitters, El Lissitzky, László Moholy-Nagy, Herbert Bayer, Piet Zwart, and Ladislav Sutnar, among others. In the course of this, Tschichold exchanged and acquired many examples of their design work, some pieces now quite famous (such as El Lissitzky’s Pro dva kvadrata [The Story of Two Squares], 1920) while other items are modest and ephemeral, such as tourist brochures, handbills, headed notepaper, product catalogues, and magazine advertisements. This collection, purchased by Philip Johnson and donated to the Museum of Modern Art, forms the basis of this exhibition, tracing the development of the new ideas that revolutionized graphic design in the 1920s.”


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