Transforming the Ordinary: Women in American Book Cover Design
February 8, 2020 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Talk by Exhibition Curator Angela Waldron
Transforming the Ordinary: Women in American Book Cover Design examines the heyday of book cover design from the 1890s through the 1930s, a time of great artistic experimentation influenced by the aesthetics of Art Nouveau and the Arts and Crafts Movement. During this period, women created thousands of book cover designs for the mass market, from simple one-color stamped designs to more elaborate multi-color designs, some which were stunningly beautiful works of art in and of themselves. Organized by Farnsworth Art Museum Registrar Angela Waldron and drawn primarily from the Farnsworth Library’s collection, the decorative covers featured in the presentation are by some of the best known and most prolific cover designers of the period, such as Margaret Armstrong, Amy Sacker, Bertha Stuart, Sarah Wyman Whitman, and a group known as The Decorative Designers.
Snow date: February 15
Cost: $15; $10 museum members, including gallery admission