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EXHIBITION- Letterform Characters: From Stone Carver to Type Designer

  • Hill Memorial Library, LSU Baton Rouge, LA 70803
  • Hill Memorial Library, LSU Libraries
  • October 9, 2017 - February 16, 2018
  • Recurring every week day
  • Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Price: $0
  • (225) 578-6558

“Letterform Characters: From Stone Carver to Type Designer” will be on exhibition in the main gallery of Hill Memorial Library from October 9, 2017 – February 17, 2018. The exhibition is presented by LSU Libraries Special Collections and the LSU School of Art, and features two distinctive perspectives on typeface history and design. The research was supported in part by a Craft Research Grant from the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design.

Through her research of incised letterforms on gravestones from the British Isles and colonial New England (circa mid sixteenth - late eighteenth century), Lynne Baggett, LSU Professor of Art, presents through this exhibition a challenging assessment of the relationship between influential crosscurrents of craft, technology and design over the course of nearly five centuries.

Selections from the LSU Libraries’ extensive Bruce Rogers Collection are on display in the second floor gallery. Master American book designer Bruce Rogers is considered the preeminent typographer of the 20th century; Centaur is the best known of his typeface designs.

Internationally renowned British type designer Matthew Carter will speak in the LSU School of Art and Design Building on Wednesday, November 15th at 5:00 pm. His talk is titled, “Bruce Rogers’ Centaur Type.” A reception will follow at Hill Memorial Library from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm. The exhibition, lecture and reception are free and open to the public.

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