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  • Bookplates: The Earliest Apps- A Discussion with Dr. Ezra Shales Thursday, October 19, 1:30 p.m. $10; $8 Friend of Morven Morven Museum & Garden is honored to feature this special presentation by Dr. Ezra Shales, Professor, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and author of Made in Newark: Cultivating Industrial Arts and Civic Identity in the Progressive Era, a book influential in the creation of our current exhibition Newark and the Culture of Art: 1900-1960. In Bookplates: The Earliest Apps, Dr. Shales invites us to contemplate the ephemerality of Apps (the pocket-sized, non-edible, smart-device variety), through which we perceive all sorts of short-lived ideological messages intertwining capitalism with aesthetic decisions. In looking back 100 years, the bookplate might have been the artifact to bear the closest resemblance to the size of today’s digital screens. Discover how the “slip of paper” bookplate was also a dynamic tool for public marketing and self-invention and usually just as susceptible to obsolescence. Looking at bookplates made by the Newark Public Library and Museum Association, institutions intertwined from 1909-1925, join us as we revisit these miniature, magical posters – predecessors of today’s ubiquitous Apps. Made in Newark will be available for sale and signing following Dr. Shales’ presentation. Image Credit: Made in Newark: Cultivating Industrial Arts and Civic Identity in the Progressive Era Edit this page

Bookplates: The Earliest Apps- A Discussion with Dr. Ezra Shales
  • October 19, 2017 to October 19, 2017
  • Morven Museum & Garden
  • General Admission: $10; $8 Friend of Morven