Handwritten & Smithsonian @ The Sketchbook Project
Sept 10th, 2016 from 6 – 8pm
28 Frost St., Brooklyn, 11211
At a time when headlines say handwriting is a dying-if not already dead-art, we sit in our chairs, smile, and compose calm emails to reporters: we tell them about Letter Writers Alliance, who has over 10,000 active members, or the mother-daughter team in Texas that has re-shaped the way kids learn cursive. But we also tell them that email does not replace, oppose, or compete with the handwritten word-technology has replaced some functions of correspondence, but handwriting (which is also a technology, ps) is flourishing. But don’t listen to us: take a look through Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art’s latest anthology, Pen to Paper, which chronicles the rich history of letter writing, and its inseparable nature to the artist’s essence.
We are over the moon to be partnering with The Smithsonian to celebrate the launch of this incredible object of art, which was published by Princeton Architectural Press, and to be hosting this culminating event, “Pen to Panel,” at none other than the world-renowned Sketchbook Project. What better setting than a massive room lined with thousands of sketchbooks from humans around the world?
Join us for an evening of conversation, Brooklyn lager, and archives. Curator of Manuscripts Mary Savig will be bringing letters from their archives to exhibit in the space, and around 7pm, we’ll be cracking open a new beer and listening to five incredibly bright minds talk about the art and act of writing by hand today. On the panel will be Mary Savig, Akela Reason, Tullis Johnson, Luis Jaramillo, and Barbara Bash. You can see more information about our panelists and get a sneak-peek at Pen to Paper by visiting our online exhibition www.handwrittenwork.com.
The event is free, and so is the beer thanks to Pipe Dreams NYC!
Presented by Handwritten