June 2014 Dinner Meeting

  • 06/18/2014
  • 5:00 PM
  • Union League, 65 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago


Registration is closed

Speaker: Shawn Sheehy

“Packing a Political Punch with Pop-Ups”

Pop-up books, though often relegated to children’s novelty shelves, can engage the reader in ways that text/image-based books cannot. The history of pop-up books extends back to the Renaissance when they were used primarily for the study of anatomy, horticulture, and other emerging fields of science. Gradually pop-up books evolved into sculptural works made to stretch the imagination. When paired with content of substance, pop-up books can be powerful, expressive tools. Shawn Sheehy has been described as a “bookartist” and “paperengineer.” His creations combine math and geometry with an aesthetic sense for shape, color, and structure. And there is always a touch of magic as his art must spring to life and yet fold flat. Sheehy’s sculptural pop-ups delight and entertain as they invite us to ponder environmental and social concerns. They say a picture tells a thousand words. Pop-up Books are not just for kids. Even adults can be awed.

Union League, 65 W. Jackson, Chicago.


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