Kris Holmes. Original calligraphy commissioned by the Cary Collection, 2014.
October 9, 2014 marks the 45th anniversary of the Cary Graphic Arts Collection at Rochester Institute of Technology. This exhibition looks back at four and a half decades of dynamic growth with a selection of artifacts that brings the library’s history to life. Cary curators have chosen highlights that not only exemplify the scope and mission of the library, but also are treasures in their own right. Featured in the exhibition are milestones in the history of printing, diverse examples of fine press printing and artists’ books, rare selections from the New York Times Museum of the Recorded Word, and the library’s most recent major acquisition: the 1891 Albion press used by Arts & Crafts luminary William Morris.
Events Opening Reception Thursday, October 9, 2014, 5 to 8 p.m. Please join us for a talk at 5 p.m. on the recent acquisition of William Morris’ Albion printing press. All attendees will be invited to print a broadside on the press. Refreshments to follow.
Herbert H. Johnson is the leading authority on the work of Bruce Rogers, and has examined nearly every one of BR’s prolific output of collectible books. Professor Johnson, an alumnus of RIT’s School of Printing, worked early in his career in New York and abroad as a book designer and director of design and production at Alfred A. Knopf, Macmillan, and Teacher’s College Press. He was a founding member of the American Printing History Association in 1974. In 1978 Professor Johnson returned to his alma mater as the third Melbert B. Cary, Jr. Professor, and to teach courses in book design, typography, and book publishing. For the next five years, he was instrumental in acquiring landmark holdings for the Cary Graphic Arts Collection. Johnson has published many books and articles and continues an active life in printing history as a collector and lecturer.