Tailored to the Museum of Printing History's space and mission, "Ranch Gates of the Southwest: Manifestations of Individualism" will feature select photographs by Daniel M. Olsen and Henk Van Assen that highlight the letter forms and typography of ranch gates, while also emphasizing their cultural significance toward a changing American identity. The exhibition—developed and produced by Van Assen, Olsen, and Texas Folklife curator Nancy Bless—is based on a related book by Van Assen and Olsen published in April 2009 by Trinity University Press in San Antonio.
February 20, 2014 – May 10, 2014
Booklyn Artists Alliance and the Museum of Printing History in Houston are proud to present the American premiere of "Diamond Leaves", the major international artist’s book exhibition first curated by Marshall Weber and Xu Bing at the Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum in Beijing.
Specifically designed for the Museum of Printing History, this current version of the exhibition, titled "Diamond Leaves: Printing in Progress", showcases 24 masterpieces of the artist’s book form created by a diverse international group of more than 30 artists. These artists approach the creation of artists’ books as an interdisciplinary and multi-media practice, producing books whose complicated aesthetics push the boundaries of book design far beyond conventional form and function.
February 20, 2014 – May 17, 2014
Inspired from the 2011 publication "Arabic Graffiti" written by Don Stone Karl and Pascal Zoghbi, the exhibition "Contemporary Arabic Graffiti and Lettering: Photographs of a Visual Revolution," curated by TPM Curator Keelin Burrows, examines the development and impact of Arabic graffiti over the past decade through 30 contemporary photographs and accompanying didactic panels. The exhibition presents a brief overview of the history and development of traditional Arabic script and calligraphy, providing a framework and context for contemporary calligraphy and graffiti work. However, the exhibition primarily examines how contemporary graffiti artists, mostly from Middle Eastern descent, are reviving and reinterpreting Arabic letter forms into a new graphic style, creating new lettering and typography that is becoming a part of an increasingly globalized design field and practice, as well as part of a larger social and political discourse.
The first theme "Arabic Script and Calligraphy: A Historical Perspective and Beyond" presents the development of the Arabic alphabet composed of 29 letters in script form, and also shows the rise of the two main styles of Arabic calligraphy (Nask and Kufic) in 7th century Iraq. Images of calligraphic artworks, as well as contemporary murals demonstrate the persistence of the calligraphy tradition, but also how it is merging with contemporary technologies, art forms, and practices.
March 13, 2014 – June 14, 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.