Bibliomania: Book Arts at the Providence Athenæum
Opened February 21, 2020
Due to the COVID pandemic, the library closed on March 13th. We hope to extend the run of Bibliomania to allow members and visitors to explore the exhibition when the Athenæum reopens, and will post any updates here.
Bibliomania: Book Arts at the Providence Athenæum explores the library’s extensive and beautiful collections through the lens of frequently asked questions. Rarely seen treasures will be on view, ranging from illuminated medieval manuscripts to extraordinary contemporary bindings. Highlights include the Athenæum’s oldest, largest, smallest, and weirdest volumes, as well as works by Johann Gutenberg, William Morris, the Roycroft Press and the magnificent complete 25-volume set of the Description de l’Egypte. Visitors will get a glimpse of these remarkable books, while learning how the library acquires and cares for its collections.
The exhibition is dedicated to the memories of two extraordinary bibliophiles and friends of the library, Dan Siegel and Isabelle Pingree.
Explore the exhibit with curator Stephanie Ovoian! Watch her EX LIBRIS virtual program below.
Sat, March 7, 1-3pm
Bibliomania Exhibit Opening
Celebrate the opening of the Bibliomania exhibition at an open house for all ages. Curator-led tours will be offered. Drop-in for craft projects, nibbles, and printing demonstrations from DWRI Letterpress! Register here.