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Rotch Library Exhibit

Mind and Hand in the Print Shop: Letterpress at MIT

March 6, 2019 - April 4, 2019

This exhibit celebrates the centuries-old art of letterpress, brought to new life by members of the MIT community. The collection includes pamphlets written, designed, hand-set, and hand-printed by MIT students on the Beaver Press, a Gutenberg-facsimile machine built on campus in 2016. These pieces join boldly contemporary posters printed in a 2019 MIT workshop at Reflex Letterpress, an independent print shop in Boston. Alongside the prints, the exhibit showcases the tools and processes behind them.

The exhibit is made possible by support from the Council for the Arts at MIT, the Concourse First-Year Program, the History Faculty, and the MIT Libraries.