Dyson Students Make Lasting Impressions
in Art Gallery Exhibit
On view until Friday, September 27
A closing reception for the artists featuring hands-on letterpress activities will be held on Tuesday, September 24 from 5-7pm at the Art Gallery, First Floor, 41 Park Row, New York City campus. The exhibit and related events are free and open to the public.
Since July 1, the Pace community and general public have been entering a time machine of sorts, in experiencing the Lasting Impressions exhibition at the Art Gallery at 41 Park Row.
The exhibition focuses on the traditional printing process called letterpress and showcases both the historic printed poster form as well as contemporary practice. It’s a collaboration with Bowne & Co. Stationers at the South Street Seaport Museum coordinated by Assistant Professor of Art Brenda McManus.
“There is a long, rich history of letterpress in lower Manhattan and specifically 41 Park Row. The building was originally constructed by the New York Times for their presses,” says McManus. “Bridging the two institutions, Bowne and Pace, through this exhibition, is an exciting opportunity.”
Along with historic printing tiles from Bowne, the show includes pieces from McManus’s freshman Learning Community course. Her students, including Zoe Nachlis ’22, Art, used letterpress techniques to create posters to inspire voter participation.
“I loved being able to experiment with fonts and colors, especially overlapping colors, and splatter painting over the letters to create unique patterns and colors in the final prints of our posters,” said Nachlis.
Also featured in the exhibition is the ABCs Poster Series, showcasing some of the completed printed posters that were designed by a team of students McManus worked with last summer on the award-winning letterpress book project, Drew’s ABCs.
Lasting Impressions runs until September 27.