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[BKARTS] MCBA - Art & History of Rubber Stamps exhibition

Contact:   Dina Sweeney
Phone:     612.215.2528
Email:      dsweeney@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx


WHAT:    Multiplicity for Millions: The Art and History of Rubber Stamps

Minnesota Center for Book Arts
Star Tribune Foundation Gallery
At Open Book
1011 Washington Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55415

DATE:  January 17 through April 4, 2004

OPENING DAY ACTIVITIES:  Saturday, January 17
* 1-3 p.m. - Rubber Stamping Family Fun Day
* 6-9 p.m. - Opening Reception
* 7 p.m. - Gallery talk with artist John Held, Jr.
* 8 p.m. - Performance by John Held, Jr. and Picasso Gaglione

Tuesday: 10 a.m.­9 p.m.
Wednesday ­ Saturday: 10 a.m.­5 p.m.
Sunday and Monday: CLOSED

COST:    Events are free and open to the public.


A new exhibition, Multiplicity for Millions: The Art and History of Rubber
Stamps, will be mounted in Minnesota Center for Book Arts¹ (MCBA) Star
Tribune Foundation Gallery January 17 through April 4, 2004, featuring 80
vintage rubber stamp sets from the private collections of L. Scott Helmes
and Picasso Gaglione.  The show will document the history of the rubber
stamp, from its use as a marketing tool by business owners in the late
1800¹s to present day rubber-stampers, card-crafters, scrapbookers and book
artists who incorporate stamps into their work.  Rubber stamp artwork,
exemplars and an activity station will also be featured in the exhibit.

A Rubber Stamping Family Fun Day will offer hands-on stamping and bookmaking
activities for all ages, showcasing the stamping specialties of Darlene and
Picasso Gaglione of Chicago¹s Stampland.

In conjunction with the opening reception, John Held, Jr. will present a
gallery talk on "Rubber Stamp Art and the Twentieth Century Avant-Garde". An
active participant in alternative art, especially the fields of Mail Art and
Zine Culture, Held is also the author of several books on rubber stamp art.
After Held¹s lecture, he will present a performance piece with Gaglione
entitled "Back to the Russian Futurists: A Rubber Stamp Performance".

MCBA is a nonprofit arts organization working to engage diverse artists and
learners in finding creativity, expression and inspiration through the book
arts.  MCBA provides classes in the arts of papermaking, letterpress
printing, printmaking and bookbinding for youth, families and adults.  An
artist fellowship program, artists¹ cooperative, lectures and studio space
and equipment are also offered.

The Star Tribune Foundation Gallery at MCBA features four to five
exhibitions each year highlighting the traditional and contemporary book
arts.  The Shop at MCBA features works by 140 consignment artists along with
bookmaking supplies and gift items.

MCBA is located in the Open Book building in downtown Minneapolis, along
with the Loft Literary Center, Rosalux Gallery and Milkweed Editions.


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