It is hoped this exhibit will achieve two goals.
First to highlight a gift to The Minneapolis Athenaeum of Bruce Rogers designed books. This is our way of thanking the donor as well as sharing the gift with the community at large.
Secondly we hope to draw attention to the book arts by teaming-up with the Minnesota Center for Book Arts and focusing on the traditional design of books.
In 1933, Edwin Grabhorn said, "It was Bruce Rogers books that have influenced American and English printers more than any other recent single force." That statement still rings true today. As important as it is to know all the nuisances of the impact of technology in book design today, it is equally important to understand all that has come before. When it comes to book design, what better place to start than with Bruce Rogers. The descriptions of books in the exhibit are often from Rogers himself or from notable book-people. Many are without comment, for you to simply enjoy.
Funding was provided in part by the Minnesota Humanities Commission.
Curated by Terrance L. Dinovo of the Minneapolis Athenaeum
Minnesota Center for Book Arts