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[BKARTS] APHA Lieberman Lecture: John Downer at Newberry Library May 21, 2005 10 AM



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THE AMERICAN PRINTING HISTORY ASSOCIATION is pleased to announce that
distinguished type designer John Downer will deliver the 2004 Lieberman
Lecture at Chicago's Newberry Library on Saturday May 21, 2005 at 10 A.M..
Mr. Downer will speak on "Trash or Fertilizer? The Uses (or Not) of History
in Type Design." The program will coincide with other events at the
Newberry Library and will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by
Paul F. Gehl, Curator of the John M. Wing Collection at the Library.

John Downer will show letterforms from various sources and disciplines to
illustrate how text type takes its form from both typographic and
nontypographic exemplars. He will discuss the ways we have come to regard
certain letterforms as archaic, and others as contemporary. His views on
the subject are those of a master sign painter who became a type designer
in his quest to learn more about the structure of formal letterforms and
their history.

The Monotype Foundation will sponsor a panel discussion following the
Lieberman Lecture. Paul F. Gehl, printing history curator at the Newberry,
will moderate a discussion of the issues raised by John Downer's talk. In
addition to Mr. Downer, participants will include: Alan Haley, Monotype
Foundation; Adam Kallish, designer and design educator; Alice Schreyer, The
University of Chicago; and Cheryl Towler Weese, Studio Blue.

The lecture and panel are scheduled to take place during a great number of
other special events at the Newberry Library. The Library will host an
exhibition organized by the Caxton Club of Chicago, "Disbound and
Dispersed: The Leaf Book Considered." This thought-provoking show includes
numerous examples of historical leaves and modern fine-press typography.
(The exhibition will later travel to a limited number of other North
American cities.) In addition, the Caxton Club, Chicago's premiere society
for bibliophiles, has scheduled its major program on leaf books for the day
preceding the Lieberman Lecture, on Friday, May 20 at the Library from 1
P.M. to 4 P.M.. There will be a panel-style program, Virtue and Vandalism:
The Ethics of Breaking Books, with speakers from the book trade, the
cultural-property-law community, and the library world. APHA members are
invited to arrive early so as to participate in both the Friday Caxton
Club-Newberry panel and the Saturday Lieberman Lecture.

APHA's Lieberman lecture, given annually at a different institution by a
figure distinguished in the history of printing or the book arts,
commemorates J. Ben Lieberman (1914-1984), founder and first President of
the American Printing History Association. This year's lecture is
co-sponsored by its host, the Newberry Library.

The Newberry Library is located at 60 W. Walton St. Chicago, IL 60610-7324.

For more information about the Lieberman Lecture and for links to the
related events, visit the American Printing History Association's website
www.printinghistory.org/htm/misc/lieberman/2004.htm

For more information about APHA and its upcoming conference in the San
Francisco Bay Area in September, visit www.printinghistory.org

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