This exhibit explores the way three artists, Frans Masereel, Werner Pfeiffer, and Stanley Donwwood, deploy the medium of xylography--the making of printed images from carved wooden or linoleum blocks--to represent urban experience, and particularly traumatic events of urban history. Highlights include Masereel's wordless novel and masterpiece La Ville, Werner Pfeiffer's five-foot-high artist's book commemorating the events of September 11, 2001, Out of the Sky: Remembering 911, and Stanley Donwood's "Lost Angeles," a multiple printed on laser-cut board as a jigsaw puzzle, a copy of which can be borrowed for in-house use at the Art Library circulation desk.
The exhibit is presented as a modern and contemporary complement to two exhibitions concurrently on display this semester at Vassar featuring early modern wood block printing: "Never Before Has Your Like Been Printed, the Nuremberg Chronicle of 1493," on view in the Main Library, and "Imperial Augsburg' at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center. A brief catalog and checklist for the exhibit is available in the Art Library.
Opening Reception, Thursday, September 11, 2014, 4.p.m. to 6 p.m. Art Library Main Reading Room