Many of the artists’ books in the Smithsonian American Art & Portrait Gallery Library’s collection tell stories—from personal struggles with addiction, to pictorial descriptions of how to create a human salad, to universal stories of historical conflicts, such as Kara Walker’s book “Freedom: A Fable.”
He begins by talking about Disney’s film Enchanted, for which he designed the opening and closing pop-up scenes, and ends the talk with something that never fails to delight his young audiences — Harry Potter.
Pop-up books are one of the last entirely hand-made, mass-produced products made today. Have you ever wondered how they are designed and produced?
Fans and critics worldwide agree that David A. Carter is paper engineering extraordinaire. In his latest creation, One Red Dot, Carter has adopted a design scheme reminiscent of Alexander Calder’s mobiles —innovative in its approach and infused with motion, abstract patterns, and fluidity. With contemporary pop-up spreads and a feisty red dot to find on each page, this modern work of art is both a count-to-ten activity book and an artistic adventure rolled into one!
The Libraries has been able to add a wonderful new feature to its exhibition gallery in the National Museum of American History. To try out the new tours for our current exhibition, Paper Engineering: Fold, Pull, Pop & Turn, dial the following phone numbers on your personal cell phone while strolling through the exhibition.
How better to explain the workings of a locomotive, a steam engine, an automobile motor, or a pumping system than by using a series of flaps that, when opened gradually, reveal the inner workings of these complex machines? Moderne Technik provides a comprehensive view of the workings of the latest technological advances used in transportation and machines for industrial manufacturing of the early 20th century.
In Case You Missed It … Recent lecture by “Pop-Up Lady” Ellen Rubin is now available.