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The Word Embodied: Scripture as Creative Inspiration in Twentieth-Century Book Arts

June 16


Bridwell Library at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University announces an exhibition of livres d’artistes, artists’ books, and fine press editions of the Bible.

Twentieth-century printers and artists developed aesthetic principles that articulated the power of the book to influence the reader’s experience of a text. They endeavored not simply to copy or illustrate Scripture but to embody it in a meaningful form. Whether austere or exuberant in design, these books were conceived to give countenance to the spirit within. This exhibition explores the book as a creative expression with special attention paid to artistic philosophies, the inspiration behind specific works, the roles of illustration and letterform, and the significant achievements of women in the book arts.



Bridwell Library
6005 Bishop Blvd
Dallas, TX 75205 United States
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