Joan Friedman: Owen Jones, Architect of Book Design
Dinner: Wednesday, September 12, Union League Club
Owen Jones (1809-1874) was a significant British architect and designer. Joan Friedman will explore how Jones’s career and training as an architect permeated his approach to book design. From his publications on the architectural monuments of the Middle East and the Alhambra to his liturgical works and poetry, his ornament was applied to books in much the same way as it was to buildings. Jones’s great work The Grammar of Ornament codified not just a gorgeous array of colorful exempla but also the principles he strove for in design writ large or small.
Joan Friedman graduated with honors from Harvard and has degrees in art history from the University of London, library service from Columbia, and accounting the University of Illinois. Among her many achievements, she is an expert on English color printing, curating the Yale exhibit “Color Printing in England, 1486 to 1870” and writing the exhibit’s accompanying book. Joan is a scholar, collector, and member of numerous organizations including the Caxton Club, the Grolier Club, and the Bibliographic Society of America.
September dinner program: Union League Club, 65 West Jackson Blvd. Social gathering, 5 to 6 pm; Presentation, 6 pm; Dinner to follow. Program is free and open to the public; Dinner is $63 per person. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED for either the Program only or the Program/Dinner combination by NO LATER THAN NOON, MONDAY, September 10. Cancellations or no shows made after that time will require payment. To reserve call 312-255- 3710 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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