Renaissance Pop-Up Books | Newberry

Renaissance Pop-Up Books

Suzanne Karr Schmidt

Meet the Author: Suzanne Karr Schmidt
Thursday, September 6, 2018

Author Talk 6 pm, Book Signing 7 pm

Ruggles Hall

Free and open to the public. Registration required.
Open to the Public
Meet the Author
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
History of the Book Program

Listen to an audio recording of this program.

Interactive and Sculptural Printmaking in the Renaissance tells the story of a hands-on genre of prints: how innovative paper engineering redefined the relationship of early modern viewers to art, humanism, and science.

Interactive and sculptural prints pervaded the European reading market of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Single sheets and book illustrations featured movable flaps and dials, and functioned as kits to build three-dimensional scientific instruments. These hybrid constructions—part text, part image, and part sculpture—engaged readers; so did the polemical, satirical, and, occasionally, erotic content. By manipulating dials and flaps, or building and using the instruments, viewers learned to think through images as well as words, interacting visually with desires, social critique, and knowledge itself.

Suzanne Karr Schmidt is the Newberry Library’s George Amos Poole III Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts. British Airways once heralded her book as “unusual and distinctive.” Her other publications include Altered and Adorned: Using Renaissance Prints in Daily Life.

Download a PDF flyer for this event to post and distribute, explore a Quick Guide to related Newberry collection materials, and download your own Renaissance interactives.

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Cost and Registration Information 

Free and open to the public; registration required. Register online using this form by 3 pm Thursday, September 6.

Doors open half an hour before the program begins, with first-come, first-served seating for registered attendees.

If seats remain available, non-registered individuals will be permitted to enter about ten minutes before the event’s start. Questions? Contact us at or 312-255-3610.