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Zapfest - September 1 - Oct. 31, 2001



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Over the past 50 years Hermann and Gudrun Zapf have designed some of
the modern world's most unique and innovative typefaces. In fact, so
ubiquitous is Hermann Zapf's Palatino that it has become a common
default font on millions of laser printers around the globe. In honor
of the Zapfs, an exhibition which traces the calligraphic evolution
of several contemporary Zapf typefaces is being held in San Francisco
in Fall, 2001.
        From Gingko Press Fall Catalogue

Calligraphic Type Design in the Digital Age:
An Exhibition in Honor of the Contributions of Hermann & Gudrun Zapf
September 1 - October 31, 2001 @ San Francisco Public Library, Skylight Gall=
ery
Opening reception: Saturday, September 1, 2001, 2 p.m.
Presented by the Friends of Calligraphy and the San Francisco Public Library

Exhibiting the work of:
        Hermann Zapf, Gudrun Zapf von Hesse * Alan Blackman, Erik van
Blokland, Rick Cusick, Timothy Donaldson, Jean Evans, Phill Grimshaw,
Cynthia Hollandsworth, Akira Kobayashi, Richard Lipton, Jacqueline
Sakwa, Robert Slimbach, Viktor Solt-Bittner, Jovica Veljovic=B4 and
Julian Waters.
Exhibition catalogue: selected illustrations of works from the
exhibition  and essays by Rick Cusick, Jerry Kelly, Sumner Stone,
Susie Taylor, Hermann Zapf, and Gudrun Zapf von Hesse. John
Prestianni, editor; Jack Stauffacher and Laurie Szujewska, designers;
Gingko Press, publisher.

Zapfest Lecture Series on Calligraphy and Typography  September 2 - October =
27
        All lectures are on Saturdays at 2 p.m., at the
        San Francisco Public Library, Civic Center, Koret Auditorium
(lower level)
        September 2 - Hermann Zapf, Gudrun Zapf von Hesse and Friends
of Calligraphy Award Presentation
September 8 - Jack Stauffacher with Sumner Stone  *  September 15 - Larry Br=
ady
September 29 - Susan Skarsgard * October 6 - Sumner Stone
October 13 - Cynthia Hollandsworth * October 27 - Robert Bringhurst
Concurrent exhibitions:
        Jack Stauffacher: the Years Away: 1955-1963
        September 7 - November 2, San Francisco Center for the Book
        opening reception Friday, September 7, 6 - 8 p.m.
        Women Typographers & Fine Printers
        opening symposium Sunday, September 9, 2 pm, Mills College
Website: www.zapfest.com
        a list of related links can be found at the end of this release

=46ormal writing with the edged pen - all but dead a century ago -  now
enlivens much of the text we read. Do not assume that the written
word has been supplanted by keystrokes, for this resurgence and
interest in calligraphy and typefaces derived from the hand is
flourishing.
How did this happen? In no small part it is a result of the efforts
of two designers: Hermann Zapf & Gudrun Zapf von Hesse. For more than
half a century, they have been creating typefaces while educating
designers and technologists about letterforms. This is clearly a
cause for celebration

Calligraphic Type Design in the Digital Age:
An Exhibition in Honor of the Contributions of Hermann & Gudrun Zapf
is an original exhibition honoring two very significant and
influential people, Hermann Zapf and Gudrun Zapf von Hesse, being
held at the San Francisco Public Library from September 1 - October
31, 2001. The exhibition will showcase typefaces designed by the
Zapfs, the calligraphic work that influenced the development, and
special books and posters designed using the typefaces. Also in the
exhibition is  the work of fourteen contemporary designers, invited
to show their calligraphic type designs. Influenced and inspired by
the work of the Zapfs, these designers - all with international
reputations in design circles - have declared themselves honored to
be included: Alan Blackman, Erik van Blokland, Rick Cusick, Timothy
Donaldson, Jean Evans, Phill Grimshaw, Cynthia Hollandsworth, Akira
Kobayashi, Richard Lipton, Jacqueline Sakwa, Robert Slimbach, Viktor
Solt-Bittner, Jovica Veljovic=B4 and Julian Waters.

The curators of the exhibition are Sumner Stone (noted American type
designer and creator of the San Francisco Public Library's logo and
the SFPL typeface, first used by the library), Susie Taylor (curator
of the Harrison Calligraphy Collection at the San Francisco Public
Library), and Linnea Lundquist (typographer/calligrapher, and member
of the type design staff at Adobe Systems in San Jose).

Hermann and Gudrun Zapf  - both energetic octogenarians - will travel
from their home in Darmstadt, Germany, to be guests of honor at the
exhibition's opening reception on Saturday, September 1, at 2 p.m.,
in the Skylight Gallery at the Main Library. A special program on
Sunday, September 2, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Library's Koret
Auditorium includes illustrated talks by the Zapfs as well as the
presentation of a Lifetime Achievement Award by the  Friends of
Calligraphy,
The Skylight Gallery is located on the 6th floor of the
San Francisco Public Library  *  100 Larkin Street at Grove  *  San
=46rancisco California, 94102
Exhibition Opening Celebration: Saturday, September 1, 2 p.m.

Library and Exhibition Hours:
Monday: 10-6; Tuesday-Thursday: 9-8; Friday: 12-6; Saturday: 10-6; Sunday: 1=
2-5
please note: The library will be closed on Labor Day, September 3,
and Columbus Day, October 8



Zapfest Lecture Series on Calligraphy and Typography
        September 2 - October 27
        Saturdays at 2 p.m., San Francisco Public Library, Civic
Center, Koret Auditorium, lower level
        100 Larkin Street at Grove * San Francisco, California
Talks by Hermann Zapf & Gudrun Zapf von Hesse, and the Award Presentation
        Sunday * September 2 * 2 p.m.
        Reception following in the Hispanic-Latino Room
        The Friends of Calligraphy will present the Zapfs with a
"Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Calligraphy & Type
Design." This beautiful award has been designed by the
highly-regarded calligraphers Georgianna Greenwood and Georgia
Deaver, both members of Friends of Calligraphy.

        September 8 * Jack Stauffacher with Sumner Stone
"A Dialogue Concerning Typography & Type Design." In conversation
with Sumner Stone, Jack will talk about his days at the Carnegie
Institute of Technology, and the creation of Hermann Zapf's Hunt
Roman typeface there in 1960. Rare film footage of Hermann Zapf at
work will be shown. As the proprietor of the Greenwood Press, Jack
Stauffacher is one of the pre-eminent letterpress
printer/book-designers of San Francisco.

        September 15 * Larry Brady
"Type design: Inspiration & Influences." Professor Brady will explore
the influences and processes employed in the development of ideas for
type, and the various practices involved in the creation of new
designs. His lecture will include numerous slides and anecdotes
gathered from several decades of teaching and designing. Larry Brady
is a well-known American calligrapher, designer, and educator, who
has taught lettering, calligraphy, typography, and graphic design,
and who designed a titling font for the Getty Museum.

        September 29 * Susan Skarsgard
"The Hand in Type." Susan Skarsgard's multi-media
lecture/presentation is about the process of designing typefaces that
are initially developed from writing or gestural marks by the hand.
The primary focus is on typefaces created by designers, shown in
video footage of several lettering artists at the drawing table.
Susan Skarsgard is an artist and designer from Ann Arbor, Michigan,
who uses letters to create image and meaning in her work. She is
known internationally both for her original fine art works and for
her graphic design and hand-lettering.

        October 6 * Sumner Stone
"Ruminations on Roman Inscriptions." As Director of Typography at
Adobe Systems from 1984 to 1990, Sumner Stone was responsible for
typeface development, including the Adobe Originals program of new
designs. In his talk, Sumner will use slides from his examination of
Roman Inscriptions during two different trips to Italy as a basis for
his own observations about the letterforms and the "typography" of
the inscriptions.

        October 13 * Cynthia Hollandsworth
"A thoughtful look back at calligraphic disputes." Is it true that
Johnston was wrong? Who could dare question Edward Catich on Roman
letters? Does it matter? As an accomplished calligrapher and a close
associate of Arthur Baker in the early 1980s, Cynthia was in a unique
position to consider the value and validity of the theories of pen
manipulation that he advocated. This debate divided the calligraphy
community in the 1980s, but was never fully understood at the time.
Cynthia will provide her views and insight, together with some live
demonstration of technique.

        October 27 * Robert Bringhurst
"Breathing through the Hands." The place of the scribe was higher in
the 20th century than at any time since the 15th, but different in
many ways - some exciting, some unnerving. Poet and typographic
historian Robert Bringhurst, who wrote The Elements of Typographic
Style, will talk about the intersection of calligraphy, type design,
music, and painting.

The Exhibition Catalogue
The catalogue of the exhibition Calligraphic Type Design in the
Digital Age, An Exhibition in Honor of the Contributions of Hermann
and Gudrun Zapf will be available in late September. Edited by John
Prestianni, designed by Jack Stauffacher and Laurie Szujewska, it is
published by the superb art book publishing house of Gingko Press.

This book promises to be wonderful. It includes numerous
illustrations of the type designs and calligraphy shown in exhibition
by the Zapfs and the other fourteendesigners, as well as additional
illustrations for the text. The contents include an introduction by
Susie Taylor and essays on the theme of calligraphic type design by
Rick Cusick, Jerry Kelly, Sumner Stone, Hermann Zapf, and Gudrun Zapf
von Hesse.

Concurrent Events & Exhibitions:
        Jack Stauffacher, the Years Away: 1955-1963
        September 7 - November 2, 2001
        in exhibition at the San Francisco Center for the Book
        300 de Haro Street at 16th * 415.565.0545 * www.sfcb.org
        Opening reception on Friday  *  September 7  *  6 - 8 p.m.
Assembled by John McBride, this exhibition encompasses the
discoveries, friendships and projects of the years that Stauffacher
spent away from the West Coast, in Italy as a Fulbright Scholar and
then at Carnegie Institute of Technology.  His time there coincided
with Hermann Zapf's designing of Hunt Roman, a rare and elegant type
for the use of a private client. The beginning of this long and
fruitful friendship was highlighted by Stauffacher's book Hunt Roman,
the Birth of a Type, published in 1963.  The Zapfs plan to attend the
opening which will feature Hunt Roman (metal) type  on the bed of the
Center's Vandercook press, formerly Adrian Wilson's at The Press in
Tuscany Alley.

        Women Typographers and Fine Printers:
        in exhibition at Mills College Center for the Book
        Mills College  *  Special Collections - Heller Rare Book Room
        F. W. Olin Library (first floor)
        5000 MacArthur Boulevard off Highway 580
        Oakland, California  *  510-430-2047  *  www.mills.edu
        Opening reception on Sunday  *  September 9  *  2 p.m.
This exhibition of the work of women typographers and fine printers
will run during September at the F. W. Olin Library, Mills College.
The exhibition will include work by Gudrun Zapf von Hesse. She will
attend the opening reception, which will feature an informal
conversation between Gudrun and local women book artists, Georgianna
Greenwood, Anna Wolf, and Linnea Lundquist.

The Sponsors
The organization of this exhibition was spearheaded by a consortium
of dedicated book arts professionals coming from numerous
organizations mostly in the Bay Area including The Friends of
Calligraphy, The Book Arts and Special Collections Center of the San
=46rancisco Public Library and  The San Francisco Center for the Book.

An exhibition of this nature could not have happened without the
sponsorship of combination of institutions, individuals, and
businesses. Institutions are Friends of Calligraphy, the San
=46rancisco Public Library, Book Club of California, The Friends and
=46oundation of the San Francisco Public Library, The San Francisco
Center for the Book, American Printing History Association, Northern
California Chapter, Gleeson Library Associates and the  Society for
Calligraphy. The companies that have supported this exhibition
include: Cond=E9 Nast Publications, Adobe Systems, Inc., Linotype
Library GmbH  and           FontShop International and Font Bureau.

More about the Friends of Calligraphy: The Friends of Calligraphy is
a San Francisco Bay Area society with an international membership of
amateur and  professional calligraphers. Their purpose is to promote
the study of calligraphy and to encourage individual excellence in
its practice. They also aim to foster a wider appreciation and deeper
understanding of calligraphy, its history and applications. They
publish a journal, Alphabet, three times yearly, a quarterly
newsletter. In addition, they hold fee-based workshops and lectures
throughout the year with highly regarded professional calligraphers.
Membership is open to anyone who is interested in the lettering arts.
=46or information please write: Friends of Calligraphy, P.O. Box
425194, San Francisco, California 94142-5194.

www.zapfest.com
San Francisco Public Library
sfpl.lib.ca.us
>  news > newsreleases > ZapfestShow

Exhibition catalogue
www.gingkopress.com
>  graphics > Calligraphic Type Design

Zapfest: a feature article by John D. Berry
www.creativepro.com
>  search for John D. Berry

Jack Stauffacher, the years away: 1955-1963
at the San Francisco Center for the Book
www.sfcb.org
>  exhibitions, future

Women Typographers and Fine Printers
at Mills College Center for the Book
www.mills.edu
>  library > Center for the Book

for additional information:
Contact Nicholas G. Yeager
707.664.1672

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