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South Street Seaport Museum Virtual Talk with Bowne & Co: Letterpress
December 14, 2020 @ 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
South Street Seaport Museum announces a Virtual Talk with Bowne & Co: Letterpress in New York City on Monday, December 14 at 6:30pm via Zoom. The talk will explore a number of production processes that built the visual landscape of New York. Tickets are $3.00 and can be purchased online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-talk-with-bowne-co-letterpress-in-new-york-city-tickets-128807407423.
Poster House is thrilled to partner with the South Street Seaport Museum, presenting Robert Wilson, Art Director of Bowne & Co. in an evening dedicated to the early history of letterpress printing in New York City. In this presentation, he will explore a number of production processes that built the visual landscape of New York, with special attention paid to the typographic trends of broadsides and handbills from the 19th century. At Bowne & Co., artifacts from the museum’s working collection are used in a contemporary practice, preserving the skills and traditions of 19th-century letterpress printing. Join us on a journey of lessons learned at the press, questions warmly welcomed!
Rob Wilson is a designer, educator, and letterpress printer. As Art Director of Bowne & Co., he is responsible for the general operations of custom printing, education, public programming, as well as the overall maintenance and management of the printing history collection of 34 printing presses and over 2,000 cases of moveable type. He teaches graphic design and typography at Pace University and Pratt Institute. This online event will be hosted on Zoom with attendees’ cameras off. Closed Captioning will be provided. If you have questions about access, please email Salvador Muñoz at Salvador@posterhouse.org
About Bowne & Co.
Established by Robert Bowne in 1775, Bowne & Co. holds the distinction of being New York’s oldest operating business under the same name. After growing as a financial printer throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, Bowne & Co. Inc. partnered with the Seaport Museum in 1975 to open a 19th-century-style print shop at 211 Water Street in the South Street Seaport Historic District. Today, it is comprised of the Bowne & Co. Printing Office, a workspace that continues the age-old tradition of job (or small batch) printing using seven historic presses from South Street Seaport Museum’s working collection, alongside Bowne & Co. Stationers, 19th-century-style emporium selling gifts and fine goods.
About the South Street Seaport Museum
The South Street Seaport Museum, located in the heart of the historic seaport district in New York City, preserves and interprets the history of New York as a great port city. Founded in 1967, the Museum houses an extensive collection of works of art and artifacts, a maritime reference library, exhibition galleries and education spaces, working nineteenth century print shops, and an active fleet of historic vessels that all work to tell the story of “Where New York Begins.” www.southstreetseaportmuseum.org #SouthStreetSeaportMuseum #WhereNewYorkBegins
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