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Special Collections: News & Highlights

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    Lecture: Good Cop, Bad Cop: Matisse and His Publishers, April 27, 2017

    John Bidwell, a notable book arts historian and librarian, will present "Good Cop, Bad Cop: Matisse and His Publishers," focusing on the collaborative nature of making books. Bidwell is currently Astor Curator of Printed Books and Bindings at The Morgan Library and Museum in New York City. One of his abiding interests, on which he has written extensively, is the history of papermaking. Bidwell also curated an important exhibition on Matisse at the Morgan Library in 2015: Graphic Passion: Matisse and the Book Arts. Bidwell has worked at Williams College, the Rochester (New York) Institute of Technology, and the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library in Los Angeles. While curator of graphic arts at Princeton University in the 1990s, Bidwell became familiar with the illustrated books of Enid Mark.

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    Pop-Up Exhibition: Activists in the Archives, March 21-May 20, 2017

    The pop-up exhibition features an intergenerational dialogue between feminist activists, many of whose papers have been donated to the Smith College Special Collections. The Women’s History Month we know today evolved from the efforts of early women’s activists in the mid-20th century. Tracing that history is imperative in having, and understanding, national and international conversations.

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    Exhibition: Books from the Nancy Bloch Collection, January-May 2017

    Books featured from Nancy Bloch's recent donation of almost 200 artist books, and curated by Emily Hernandez, class of 2017 as part of her senior capstone project. Nancy Katcher Bloch (class of 1952) donated her artist book collection to the Mortimer Rare Book Room in the fall of 2016, in memory of her daughter Amy Rose Bloch, class of 1978. The collection adds to Smith's already extensive holdings of artist books, both limited edition and unique items, featuring fine printing, illustration, calligraphy, and more.

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    Exhibition: The Peacock at Home, February 13-May 13, 2017

    An exhibition curated by Tasha Binkowski, class of 2017. Morgan Gallery, Neilson Library entrance. Tasha Binkowski, class of 2017, focused her Book Studies Concentration capstone project on an elegant manuscript of The Peacock At Home, written and illustrated by Isabel Harriet Kerrich in 1875-1876. The colorful and detailed manuscript is on display this spring.

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    New MOOC on the Psychology of Women's Activism, Spring 2016

    Beginning in Spring 2016, anyone interested in the psychology of women’s activism will be able to take part in a free massive open online course (or MOOC) offered by Smith.

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    Lecture: Layers of Perception, The Unwritten Language of Artists' Books, December 2, 2016

    Ruth Rogers, curator of Special Collections at Wellesley College, will talk about how we "read" artists' books by deconstructing them so that we may understand how they affect our perception. She will explore how the contemporary artist book offers multiple modes of reading, thought text and image, and material and form.

    This is the keynote lecture for the Northampton Book & Book Arts Fair. The lecture will be followed by a reception and the opening of the Fair in the Smith College Campus Center. Co-sponsored by the Mortimer Rare Book Room, Neilson Library. 

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