2014 McGrath Lecture in Contemporary Book Arts

Michael Kuch
Twenty Years of the Double Elephant Press:
Harnessing Influence & Ignorance

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.
Browsing Room, Neilson Library, Smith College

Reception to follow at 5:30 p.m. in the Book Arts Gallery

Michael Kuch–author, artist, printer, and publisher–attended Hampshire College in Amherst MA and was mentored by noted graphic artist, sculptor, and typographer Leonard Baskin. Kuch founded his own Double Elephant Press in the Pioneer Valley in 1994. He has collaborated with a number of area printers and binders.

The Mortimer Rare Book Room sponsors an annual McGrath Lecture in contemporary book arts, named for Harold P. McGrath (1922-2000), master printer. McGrath was a vital and beloved part of the local book arts community, printing for Leonard Baskin (Gehenna Press), Barry Moser (Pennyroyal Press), and Alan Robinson (Press of the Sea Turtle). McGrath mentored and befriended dozens of aspiring printers, artists, bookbinders, and other practitioners of the book arts.

To accompany this lecture, there is an exhibition of selected works from the Double Elephant Press, on view through December 15 at the entrance to the Mortimer Rare Book Room (Neilson Library, level 3). For more information: Barbara Blumenthal, Mortimer Rare Book Room (mrbr@smith.edu; 413.585.2906) or http://www.smith.edu/libraries/info/news/2014mcgrath-lecture

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