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Lecture by Richard Minsky: Modernism in American Book Cover Art, 1872-1930

July 25, 2020 @ 2:00 pm 3:00 pm

Saturday, July 25, 2 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on Zoom

From the 1870s to the beginning of The Great Depression Modernism came into American homes on book covers. The influence of Japanese woodcuts, the British pre-Raphaelite and Aesthetic movements, Art Nouveau, Impressionism, Constructivism, Abstraction, Futurism, and Social Realism all appeared on book covers years or decades before they showed in salons and galleries. Women artists who are the subject of the current Farnsworth Museum exhibition played a major part in this.

Richard Minsky is a book artist, curator, and historian of book art. He is the author of The Art of American Book Covers 1875-1930 [George Braziller, 2010]. The Richard Minsky Archive is at the Yale Art Library, which mounted a 50-year retrospective exhibition in 2010. In 1974 he founded the Center for Book Arts in New York City.

This lecture is the Farnsworth’s annual Stephen May and Kathryn B. Wilson Lecture

This program will take place on Zoom.

Cost: $10; free for Farnsworth members