A new library exhibit
aims to delight the child in all of us
invites you to step into the world of pop-up and movable books.
A world of rivets, spirals, flaps, folds and cut paper, a world
of gifted illustrators and artists. Here jungle animals spring
to life, rockets blast into space, and Columbus arrives again
on the shores of the New World. All this can be viewed at the
exhibition, "Pop Goes the Page: Movable and Mechanical Books
from the Brenda Forman Collection," on display through Aug.
18 in the Special Collections' McGregor Room in Alderman Library.
exhibit goes back to the 19th century, the heyday of pop-up books,
and works its way forward to their renaissance in the 1980s and
1990s. There are books covering familiar themes such as nursery
rhymes, fairy tales, barnyards, and the seasons of the year, as
well as books about such extraordinary subjects as space travel
and encounters with aliens. Four models, made exclusively for
the exhibition by designer Josef Beery and craftsman William Muller,
both of Charlottesville, are available for visitors to operate,
to learn first-hand about the workings of these unusual books.
"From the earliest hand-colored sheets, pasted and cut entirely
by hand, to the contemporary use of mechanical die-cutting tools,
these works succeed because their transformative capacity moves
us from the familiar to the unexpected," said curator Johanna
Drucker, U.Va.'s Robertson Professor of Media Studies.
of the exhibition include The Speaking Picture Book (c. 1880s)
that plays sound effects -- an impressive accomplishment considering
the year in which it was made, and Tip and Top and the Moon Rocket
(1964), which uses classic pop-up techniques to illustrate an
adventure to the moon.
the interactive Web site at http://www.lib.virginia.edu/exhitibts/popup.
Features include a QuickTime video that shows a 360-degree
view of some books. The exhibition is free and open to the
public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday
from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For information, call 924-4966.