A lecture by Paul Shaw, design historian
Join us Thursday May 7th. Lecture at 5 p.m., followed by a reception at 6 p.m.
Frederic W. Goudy is widely acknowledged to be one of the titans of American type design—alongside Morris Fuller Benton, W.A. Dwiggins and Oswald Cooper—in the first half of the twentieth century. Yet, today he is often derided as an egotist and his typefaces dismissed as dated, inconsistent or clumsy. His reputation has been eclipsed by his students Cooper and Dwiggins, though neither had a type design career to rival his.
This talk will present a case for the importance of both Goudy and his typefaces—whether they are likable or not—from an historical vantage point. It will argue that Goudy’s typefaces were an integral aspect of the “modernization” of American graphic design as it emerged from Victorian printing and the Arts & Crafts movement in the first decades of the 20th century. And that Goudy himself deserves to be seen as the key figure in the development of type design as a profession, a precursor to today’s independent digital type designers.
This talk is part of the Cary RIT Cary Graphic Arts Collection exhibition: Frederic W. Goudy 150 Years of Typographic Influence.
The Goudy 150 events are sponsored by Monotype.
We have some exciting things planned for Imagine RIT on Saturday! Check out these exhibits happening in The Wallace Center!
- The Wallace Center in Focus—a photo exhibit created and curated by our student employees.
- ASL Story time with Joan Naturale will teach our little friends some basic sign language while enjoying some classic children’s tales.
- The Stories They Tell: Pop up Exhibit in the first floor cases will feature RIT history told through RIT Archives artifacts.
- The Art of the Letterpress and Modern Hand Operated Tabletop Letterpress (a collaboration between Mechanical Engineering students and TWC’s Amelia Hugill-Fontanel) will be working side by side.
- RIT Production Services video will be playing giving patrons a chance to see some of RPS’s award winning productions.
Please visit the new exhibition
And My Eyes Meet the Sun…
Photography Exhibit by Nicole Rosenberg
April 29 – May 24, 2015
April 29, 5 to 7pm
The Sunken Gallery
Wallace Library, Second Floor, North Side of Building
Please join the Cary Graphic Arts Collection as we host a talk by Ron Gordon, proprietor of the Oliphant Press. Gordon will describe his career as a printer and designer—a career that spanned the eras of letterpress, offset, and digital printing. Illustrating this history with examples of his own work, he will show how the craft has dramatically transformed over the decades.
Lecture starts at 5pm on Friday April 24th and is open to the public. Light refreshments to follow until 7 p.m.
Resistance, Rebellion, and Renewal in Rochester: Narratives of Progress and Poverty examines more than one hundred years of Rochester’s history to illuminate the co-existence of wealth and progress with poverty and lack of opportunity. In at least three separate periods, 1913, 1964, and 2015, these circumstances have spurred action in the form of resistance, rebellion, and renewal – while altogether jeopardizing the social fabric of the city.
The RIT Museum, located on the third floor of the Wallace Center, will host this exhibition. Please join us for an opening reception on Thursday, April 9, 2015 from 4:30 – 6:30 PM. This exhibit is on view through May 29, 2015.
Interested in learning ASL? The ASL Video Dictionary and Inflection Guide has video clips of examples of sign language.
You can find additional resources in the Beginning Sign Language, Fingerspelling and Numbers guide created by NTID librarian Joan Naturale.
Open Printing Demonstration from Starshaped Press
Jennifer Farrell from Starshaped Press in Chicago will be leading a letterpress printing demonstration in the Cary Collection on Tuesday, March 17, from 2 to 4:30. Drop in! She will be promoting her new book "An Alphabet of Sorts," as well as producing a print related to the Frederic Goudy 150th anniversary. For information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.