Archive for September, 2010

Movable Book Society

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

After two years of waiting, scheming, planning, and nail biting, I am excited to see that the Movable Book Society will be holding it’s eight biennial conference in Portland, Oregon at the end of this month.

Established in 1993 by Ann Montanaro, the Movable Book Society has grown into the premiere organization for pop-up book enthusiasts.  I had the good fortune to get involved with this non-profit group in 2000, and this will be the fifth conference I will have the pleasure to attend.  Besides the informative quarterly newsletters, I anxiously look forward to this gathering of movable book collectors, artists, paper engineers and fans.

I assume that I am preaching to the choir on this one, but if you are interested in pop-ups (and why else would you be at this blog) you should consider joining the MBS.  If you find yourself in the Portland area this month and would like more info on the conference be sure to check here.

And if you get to the Portland area early, the beloved 23 Sandy Gallery (check out the last post) has opened it’s doors to you on Wednesday with this recent announcement:

Be the first to see Pop-Up Now!
23 Sandy Gallery will have special hours on Wednesday, September 22 for Movable Book Society members arriving in Portland a day early. We’ll be open from Noon to 6:00 p.m. and would love to have you stop by. More info at or call the gallery if you need more info at 503-927-4409.


23 Sandy Gallery

Friday, September 17th, 2010

It’s already September!  That means that my beloved summer season is coming to a close and I must steel myself against the impending cold.  It has been a very busy few months in New York City (which is proved by the relative lack of posts) but I am now hoping things will settle down and I can bring you more good news on the pop-up front.  In fact, I just received two press releases for concurrent pop-up book shows at 23 Sandy Gallery. This Portland, OR based art space is run by the wonderful artist, Laura Russell, who creates amazing artist books when she is not curating impressive exhibitions.  You can learn more about Laura and the details of the pop-up shows at her blog.

Enchanted Garden by Paul Johnson

September 22 – October 30, 2010

Pop-Up Now! A Juried Exhibition of Movable Books

Pop-up books captivate and excite the child in all of us. They come to life as three-dimensional works of art hidden inside the pages of a book. Pop-Up Now! will feature handmade artist books that pop-up, move, slide, twirl, whirl, light up, or even sound off. This juried exhibition of handmade movable artist books will be held at 23 Sandy Gallery in conjunction with the biennial conference of the Movable Book Society to be held in Portland, September 23-25, 2010.


September 22 – October 30, 2010

Handmade Paper in Motion

Number nine in Hand Papermaking’s series of distinctive portfolios of handmade papers, Handmade Paper in Motion is an extraordinary collection of collaborative artwork—14 pieces by 28 artists working in teams—features pop-ups, movable devices, and other forms of dynamic paper engineering, all using handmade paper designed and made specifically for each edition. 23 Sandy Gallery is pleased to present the debut exhibition of this remarkable portfolio in conjunction with Pop-Up Now! Proceeds from the sale of Handmade Paper in Motion benefit Hand Papermaking, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing traditional and contemporary ideas in the art of hand papermaking.


Smithsonian Pop-up Exhibit

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

I was excited to learn that June 14th marked the opening of a new exhibit from the Smithsonian Institute called Paper Engineering: Fold, Pull, Pop and Turnat the National Museum of American History.


I have been following the progress of the exhibition for a few months through an informative blog they launched to showcase various books and backstage stories.

Stephen Van Dyk, the show curator, carefully considered the 1200+ collection of pop-up and movable books in the Smithsonian Libraries before settling on 53 prime examples of paper engineering.  The dizzying beauty of the volvelles in Peter Apian’s Astronomicum Ceaesareum start off a timeline of movables that include works from pop-up masters like Meggendorfer, Nister, Dean, Lentz and Kubasta.  The current crop of masterful pop-up artists are also on display so look out for titles from Robert Sabuda, Matthew Reinhart, David Carter and others.

Not only are works from Bruce Foster and Chuck Fisher in the exhibition but they make another appearance in the running video that describes much of the pop-up making process.  You can take a look at one of the videos here on Youtube.

“Paper Engineering: Fold, Pull, Pop and Turn” will be at the National Museum of American History until Fall 2011 so you have plenty of time to arrange that must-see trip to D.C.