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



[Please excuse cross-posting of this reminder]

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 the topic "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.

Following the Lieberman Lecture will be a panel discussion sponsored by the
Monotype Foundation. Paul F. Gehl, printing history curator at the
Newberry, will moderate a discussion of the issues raised by 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 shortly after a number of
other bookish events at the Newberry Library, notbaly the the Caxton Club's
exhibition, "Disbound and Dispersed: The Leaf Book Considered." The Caxton
Club has scheduled its major program on leaf books for the day preceding
the Lieberman Lecture, on Friday, May 20 at the Newberry 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 from
out-of-town are invited to arrive early so as to participate in both the
Friday Caxton Club-Newberry panel as well as the Saturday Lieberman Lecture.

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

In addition, more information will soon be online about APHA's upcoming
conference in the San Francisco Bay Area in September and the 2005
Lieberman Lecture to be delivered immediately after the conference by
printing historian and fine press printer Richard Gabriel Rummonds at the
University of San Francisco. Visit www.printinghistory.org


Paul W. Romaine Vice-President for Programs and Webmaster American Printing History Association www.printinghistory.org

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