Exhibits & Events

Boston Public Library, Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center

The Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center at Boston Public Library’s Central Library in Copley Square hosts Crossing Boundaries: Art // Maps during Rare Book Week Boston. According to their website: “When the imaginative journeys of contemporary artists incorporate elements from a cartographer’s toolkit, these borrowings can add narrative, semi-narrative or abstract depth to a work of art … Our intention in presenting these juxtapositions is to cross the traditional boundaries of art and cartography to stimulate fresh appreciation of both media.”

Map reproduction courtesy of the Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center at the BPL

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Pooh provides the big draw to Boston for lovers of children’s books this fall. Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic traces the history and universal appeal of the beloved stories written by A. A. Milne and illustrated by E. H. Shepard through nearly 200 works drawn primarily from the archives of London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. Original drawings, letters, photographs, ephemera, and early editions—including this 1926 first edition—are presented in an immersive display. Open daily. Admission for adults is $25.

Courtesy of the MFA, Boston

Harvard University Libraries

Several exhibits await at the Harvard University Libraries in nearby Cambridge, including, at Houghton Library: Stage Fright: Or the Fate of Frankenstein, which looks at how nineteenth-century playwrights transformed Mary Shelley’s original vision, setting a pattern for future reincarnations of the tale that forever altered popular culture, through prints, playbills, and play texts. Items from the winning collection of this year’s Philip Hofer Prize for Collecting Books or Art and samplings from the collections of this year’s undergraduate book collecting prize winners are also are on view at Lamont Library.

Courtesy of Harvard University Libraries

Boston Athenæum

While in Boston, why not take a stroll through Venice? A pair of complementary pop-up exhibitions recently opened at the Boston Athenæum: Stampato a Venezia/Printed in Venice, which celebrates Venetian printers’ artistry and craftsmanship as the powerful republic rapidly built its dominance in an emerging book trade, and Ecco Venezia/Behold Venice, which examines how visitors viewed Venice through travel narratives and romantic scenery. One of the rare books on display is Benedetto Bordon’s Isolario (Venice: Nicolò d’Aristotile, detto Zoppino, 1534). Both exhibitions will remain on view through February 16, 2019.

Courtesy of Boston Athenæum

Bromer Gallery

Bromer Booksellers is a familiar name to book lovers and collectors, and now, Bromer Gallery at 607 Boylston Street, 2nd floor, is Boston’s newest art space devoted to the concept of the book as art. The gallery’s inaugural exhibit, titled Goldman and Lee: Shadow and Color, features the work of artists Jane Goldman, a watercolorist and printmaker whose Audubon Series will be in the spotlight, and Jim Lee, a woodcut artist whose work also focuses on the natural world. It will be on view through January 15, 2019.

Courtesy of Bromer Gallery