Art 361: Special Projects in Art History
"Reading Between the Lines"
In this seminar, students curated an exhibition on the history and production of books, taking examples from the Hope College rare book collection. This wonderful collection has books dating from the 15th through 20th centuries, and examples originating from Italy, France, England, Bali, China, and the United States. Students chose books that connected to their other studies at Hope, including Baroque art, Modern art, literature, mathematics, education, botany, and geography. The range of time, place of origin, and subject was truly impressive! The fall seminar included a day-long workshop on book history and production by Martin Antonetti, Curator of Rare Books at Smith College in Northampton, MA. Taylor Wise-Hawthorne, Museum and Gallery Manager at the Holland Museum gave a presentation on organizing exhibitions. The students contributed to all aspects of this exhibition, including doing the primary research, writing catalog and wall texts, designing the gallery layout and publicity materials.