Exhibits to feature bookbinding methods


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Two new exhibits at the University of Louisville will highlight the art of bookbinding.

    “Under Cover: Five Centuries of Bookbinding” and a companion exhibit, “Folded Books,” will be on display now through April 30. Both exhibits are free and open to the public.

    “Under Cover” will be in Ekstrom Library’s Archives and Special Collections and “Folded Books” will be in the Margaret M. Bridwell Art Library on the main floor of Schneider Hall.

    The focus of the “Under Cover” exhibit is a book set titled “Biblio Tech: Reverse Engineering Historical and Modern Binding Structures with a Focus on Board Attachment.” The set features 12 mini books designed to teach students bookbinding structures. Each book is partially completed to allow people to view the entire bookbinding process. In addition to “Biblio Tech,” the exhibit will showcase several completed examples. “Biblio Tech” is a recent gift from Louisvillians Guy and Libbye Montgomery.

    “Folded Books” features a small selection of artist’s volumes created with glue and folded paper instead of sewn bindings. Unusual bindings, such as the accordion-like flag and tunnel books, plus the meandering design of ox-plow books, will be on display.

    Archives & Special Collections is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Art Library is open Mondays through Thursdays 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday hours are noon to 5 p.m. and Sunday hours are 1-9 p.m.

    For more information, contact Sarah Carter at sarah.carter.2@louisville.edu or 502-852-6741.