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Songs of Labor & Transcendence: The Trianon Press Archive

June 25

Drawing on published and unpublished materials, business records, and personal materials, Songs of Labor & Transcendence: The Trianon Press Archive explores the breadth of this renowned press’s publications and the highly skilled printers’ art behind each edition’s creation.

Founded in Paris in 1947, the Trianon Press published an astonishing catalog of fine art books in the latter half of the 20th century. The Press gained particular notoriety for its exceptional facsimile reproductions of the rare illuminated manuscripts of William Blake, while also producing works of unparalleled beauty by such contemporary artists as Paul Cezanne, Marc Chagall, Marcel Duchamp, and Ben Shahn; a series of books showcasing the remarkable prehistoric rock paintings of sub-Saharan Africa; and other volumes featuring Medieval and Renaissance European art and architecture, all created with the unique combination of collotype printing and pochoir hand-stenciling processes.

Curated by Jessica Calvanico, Morgan Gates, Hannah Newburn, and Nicholas Whittington, 2018-2019 Fellows in the Elisabeth Remak-Honnef Center for Archival Research and Training.

On view through November 4, 2019.

Open to the public during all normal McHenry Library hours.

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