Calendar for the 2019 — 2020 Season

Per tradition, cocktails at 5:30pm - 1st Wednesdays, October through May, except as noted.

For the benefit of members, the following is the schedule for the season.


September 14 A Pilgrimage to the Howard Gotlieb Archival Center at Boston University.
The Gotlieb Center holds archives for individuals in the fields of literature, criticism, journalism, drama, music, film, civil rights, diplomacy and national affairs. Although contemporary public figures are the speciality of the center, there are substantial holdings of earlier historical documents and over 140,000 rare books. Joining this year’s Pilgrimage will give members the opportunity to view some major milestones of Western printing, philosophy and religion, including a leaf from the Gutenberg Bible, a print and a volume of Diderot’s Encyclopedie, and the Kelmscott Chaucer among other rarities.

October 2 The Ninth Annual Charles A. Rheault Lecture
Melina Avery: Whales, Skeletons and Mr. Darcy: Conservation Case Studies
Melina Avery, MAC, a conservator specializing in the treatment of rare books, manuscripts and archival materials at The University of Chicago library, will present several conservation case studies. Treatments discussed will include: repairing and rebinding a 52-lb manuscript “whale folio,” repairing and rebinding a 17th century folio volume of anatomical etchings, treatments of first edition volumes of Pride and Prejudice and Moby Dick, and an example of a project to mitigate iron gall ink damage on a 16th century manuscript.

November 6 Simon Loxley: Emery Walker: Arts, Crafts, and a World in Motion
British graphic designer and writer Simon Loxley will discuss Emery Walker, the English printer, engraver and photographer of the Arts and Crafts Movement. While Walker’s role as an inspiration for and facilitator of the private press movement, notably the Kelmscott, Doves, Ashendene, and Cranach presses, is well-known, the man himself is largely in the shadows—low-key even in the most notorious dispute in typographic history, over the rights of the Doves Press type. In his new book, Emery Walker: Arts, Crafts and World of Motion, Loxley draws a fascinating and far more comprehensive picture of Walker in both his professional and private life.

December 4 Michael Bierut: Designing Politics
Political candidates are using the tools of design with increasing enthusiasm, if not sophistication. As the 2020 presidential elections draw near, we are in the midst of the latest deluge of stripes and stars, colors and typefaces, images and slogans. But does any of it make any difference? Michael Bierut, partner in the New York office of the international design consultancy Pentagram, will talk about what he learned creating the logo for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, and speculate about how designers can make a difference going forward.

January 8* Dawn Barrett: Graphic Arts, Design, and Mischief: The Work of Ootje Oxenaar
Dawn Barrett, Ootje (RDE) Oxenaar’s professional and life partner, presents a visual history of the Dutch graphic artist and designer’s work. Oxenaar is known best for his revolutionary design of the Guldens—the national paper currency of the Netherlands—in circulation from 1964 until to the introduction of the Euro in 2002. The talk will include an overview of anti-counterfeiting devices of banknote design and feature a contextual history of Oxenaar’s postage stamps, poster and book designs.
   *Scheduled for the second Wednesday in January, due to the New Year’s Day holiday.

February 5Inge Drukrey: In Honor of Letters
Inge Drukrey will share research from her forthcoming book In Honor of Letters. Focusing on important innovators: Rudolf von Larisch, Edward Johnston, Anna Simons, and F.H. Ehmcke, Druckrey will trace the renewal of writing and lettering in the early 20th century and follow the influence of this renewal on 20th century type design and graphic design in Germany and Switzerland.

March 4Max Rudin: The Library of America
The Library of America has been called “the most important book-publishing project in the nation’s history” (Newsweek) and “the de facto canon of American literature” (New York Times). Max Rudin, President & Publisher, joins us for a presentation and conversation about LOA’s inspiration and history, the changing editorial and publishing questions it has faced and continues to consider, and the future of its hybrid model as both book publisher and nonprofit cultural institution.

Tuesday April 7the 46th Annual W.A. Dwiggins Lecture
Steven Heller: The New Typography in America
How did the radical European shifts in type design and composition — influenced by the art and design avant gardes — express themselves in the United States in the 1920s and 30s? What did it mean to have a “new typography”? Was it form or content? Style or philosophy? Steven Heller, art director, designer, and author of over 100 books on design and popular culture will address the differences that changes in practice and tradition meant to the American and European design fields and who the important players were in each.

This event is free and open to the public and will be held in the Boston Public Library’s Rabb Lecture Hall, 700 Boylston Street, Copley Square, Boston, MA 02116 - Tel: 617-536-5400.

May 6Annual Meeting. Members Only; No Guests.
Lance Hidy: Ansel Adams: Environmentalist and Photographer
Photographer Ansel Adams (1902–1984), was devoted to sharing the transformative power of wilderness through his art, and to leading the environmental movement. In his lifetime Adams shot over 40,000 photographs and produced several dozen books that have sold over a million copies. SP Member Lance Hidy was chosen by Adams to collaborate on the last book of his career, Yosemite and the Range of Light (1979), and continues to design the official Ansel Adams books. This first-hand experience brings a personal perspective to Hidy’s presentation of the Ansel Adams story.


*The Society of Printers is a private organization. Meetings are open to members and their guests only.