International Print Center New York announces the presentation of Pop-Up! The Magical World of Movable Books — Selections from the Collection of Bernard S. Shapiro, an exhibition of children’s pop-up books. Pop-Up! will be on view from January 18 - March 9, 2013 in IPCNY’s gallery at 508 West 26th Street, 5th floor.
Bernard S. Shapiro (1917-2009) was a Boston-based entrepreneur with many interests who formed the collection over a period of some twenty years. The collection numbers over 250 books, of which thirty-five were originally shown at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA in the winter of 2012. IPCNY has selected seventeen from the children’ book portion of the collection for presentation here.
Mr. Shapiro’s first acquisition was Lothar Meggendorfer’s International Circus: A Reproduction of the Antique Pop-Up Book, purchased at a neighborhood bookshop in Brookline, MA. It remained a centerpiece of his collection, inspiring the many acquisitions that followed, discovered in antique shops and bookstores in Boston, New York, Canada, and overseas during travels.
An illustrated brochure with a curatorial essay by Leonard S. Marcus will accompany the Exhibition. Mr. Marcus is one of the world’s leading authorities on children’s books and illustrations. The author of more than twenty books, Mr. Marcus is a frequent contributor to the New York Times Book Review and is a founding trustee of the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts. He is currently curating the New York Public Library’s major exhibition for 2013, which will open on June 7 and will remain on view through March 2014.
Pop-Up! will be presented in the Viewing Room adjacent to IPCNY’s main gallery, where New Prints 2013/Winter will be on view. Exhibition design is by Artist and facilitator, Grayson Cox. IPCNY is grateful to Barbara Stern Shapiro for generously lending the selections from Mr. Shapiro’s collection of pop-up books for the exhibition, and to the Norman Rockwell Museum for its assistance with the project. The exhibition is made possible thanks to the generous contributions of two anonymous individuals. A grant from the PECO Foundation supports IPCNY’s Exhibitions Program this season.