Bruce Peel Special Collections Library Current Exhibit


"Wow, open this!" Paper Engineering in Books and Artists' Books


March 17 - June 6, 2014

Monday - Friday 12:00p.m. - 4:30p.m.

Throughout its history, movable elements in books, commonly called pop-ups, have been used to educate, entertain, and inspire both children and adults. "Wow, open this!" Paper Engineering in Books and Artists' Books looks at the art and science of movable elements incorporated into books. Books that delight children with that "wow" moment, as a scene comes to life in their hands, were first used in scholarly works to help illustrate a vast array of topics such as geometry, architecture, medical and natural science, cryptography, astronomy, calendars, time telling, navigation, and cosmography. Primarily used as entertainment today, movable elements and variations of the pop-up book are also used by artists who want to challenge our assumptions about what a book really is by reinterpreting the form and how it functions.