"Freeing the Word in Small Spaces", is a juried show by the Women in Visual and Literary Arts, which will be featured in the museum’s Book Gallery. The exhibit will feature 2D and 3D works that reflect on the word in its various physical incarnations--printing, book forms, support text and signage, to name a few. In the prospectus, the artists were asked to reflect on the printed word’s contributions to the world, and its implications for the future.
September 19, 2013 – December 21, 2013
Curated by new MPH curator, Keelin Burrows, in conjunction with the 100 year anniversary of the death of revolutionary Mexican printmaker José Guadalupe Posada (1852—1913), six contemporary printmakers are being featured at the Museum of Printing History, demonstrating the lasting influence of this legendary printer. Key elements that link their work to Posada are a gritty realism and raw depiction of humanity; political-social satire and themes of vanitas; and an evocation of street scenes and popular culture; as well as a wide appeal of Posada imagery, including the calaveras and katrinas. Artists featured are Artemio Rodriguez, The Amazing Hancock Brothers, Tom Huck, Dennis McNett and Carlos Hernandez. Several of these artists have been featured at the “It Came From the Bayou!” print event that takes place at The Continental Club each April.
October 17, 2013 – February 8, 2014
The Museum of Printing History and MPH Curator are pleased to present a recent body of work by contemporary Mexican artist Elvira Sarmiento. After completing a residency at Flatbed Press in Austin, Texas (October 2012 to February 2013), she returned to their studios in the summer and fall of 2013 to create the works for "Elvira Sarmiento: Alludere Posada." Through these prints, which incorporate the technical processes of solar plate etching, chine collé, and hand color application, Sarmiento provides a reflective analysis on moral abandonment, serving as narrator of our contemporary society through her imagery.
November 7, 2013 – February 22, 2014
Prints by Charles Criner
In keeping with our educational outreach efforts, in 2007 the Museum created a traveling exhibition of prints from the Museum’s collection by our Artist-in-Residence, Charles Criner, for tours to schools in the Houston area. At no cost to the schools, two sets of ten printed works by Criner, along with study guides for teachers and student workbooks, are designated to benefit those schools lacking resources for field trips, especially inner-city schools. To schedule this exhibition for your school, please contact Mr. Criner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Of Birds and Texas: the Art of Stuart & Scott Gentling
Inspired by John James Audubon, the Gentling brothers set out to create their own visions of Texas wildlife, searching out some 50 birds in their native habitats, from the Big Bend, the Panhandle, the Big Thicket, and the Gulf Coast. The result was the elephant folio, Of Birds and Texas, published by the Gentling Editions Press in 1986. This limited edition of 500 copies was designed and printed by David Holman at the Wind River Press in Austin. Illustrations were printed by offset lithography and text was printed letterpress using Centaur monotype on Mohawk Superfine paper. This collection of forty exquisitely detailed bird portraits and ten Texas landscapes has been deemed by the Dallas Morning News as “the most magnificent book ever produced in Texas.”
Available for rental are the complete set of 40 bird prints, size 28” x 34” framed. A complete manual accompanies the exhibition. A loan agreement form, rental fee and certificate of insurance for “wall to wall” coverage are required. Shipping and packing must be done by a mutually agreeable fine arts shipper/packer. For more information, please contact Keelin Burrows, Curator, email@example.com, 713-522-4652, ext. 207.