Lecture: "Single Voice, Many Hands," April 10

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The talk will be given by Mark Dimunation, Chief, Rare Book & Special Collections Division, Library of Congress. 4:30 pm, Neilson Browsing Room
Thursday, April 10, 2014
4:30 pm Lecture: Single Voice, Many Hands
Neilson Library, Browsing Room

A reception will follow in the Book Arts Gallery (Neilson 3rd floor).

The Inaugural Enid Epstein Mark '54 Lecture

“Single Voice, Many Hands: The Nature of Vision and Collaboration in Contemporary Book Arts” is a fitting title for  Mark Dimunation’s remarks to inaugurate an annual lecture series in honor of Enid Epstein Mark, Smith class of 1954. Dimunation is Chief of the Rare Book & Special Collections Division of the Library of Congress.

Both vision and collaboration were hallmarks of the life and work of Enid Mark, a book artist and publisher of limited edition, finely printed, and illustrated books. Enid Mark was a very good friend of the Libraries and a former member of the Friends' Executive Committee. Her first artist book, The Bewildering Thread, was created in 1986, with the assistance of then-curator of rare books Ruth Mortimer. During the next twenty years, she worked with a number of contemporary poets—mostly women—and with northeast U.S. printers and bookbinders to create books which she published under her ELM Press imprint. She wrote: “A book has a mysterious ability to expose emotional truth and intellectual truth.” After Enid died in 2008, her husband, Gene Mark, established an endowed fund at Smith to support a yearly lecture in book arts topics near and dear to Enid.

Enid Mark in her studio
Enid Mark in her suburban Philadelphia studio

 from Ars botanica (2004)
 from Ars botanica (2004)

from The Inconstant Moon (2007)
from The Inconstant Moon (2007)



Martin Antonetti
Mortimer Rare Book Room