Coming up this Friday, Dec. 2, at the Athenaeum of Philadelphia is a symposium
on decorated commercial bindings (such as the beauty seen here designed by Margaret Armstrong for Scribner's in 1912). Our own Richard Minsky is one of three speakers at the symposium, along with Barbara Hebard of the North Bennet Street School of Bookbinding and Susan J. Isaacs of the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts.
Isaacs will also judge the accompanying exhibit of work by book artists who were invited "to explore and respond to book covers from the legacy collections of the Athenaeum" through "one-of-a-kind, artist books, book objects, altered books or zines." The exhibit will remain up through March 9, 2012.