Hermon Dunlap Smith Gallery
Perhaps more than for any other Newberry collection, it is practitioners who use our books and other specimens of script. Calligraphers at all levels of expertise come to see the letters in medieval and Renaissance manuscripts and printed books, in instruction manuals, and in splendid contemporary artworks. They go away ready to do work of their own. Even a 500-year-old piece can be news in the Chicago calligraphic world. On a Newberry table or in an exhibit case, it offers fresh inspiration: something to admire, study, imitate, assimilate.
This small exhibition shows off a few of the many calligraphic items we have added by purchase or gift in recent years. It is organized as a complement to the Chicago Calligraphy Collective’s juried exhibition on display April 4 - June 24.