Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service  /  American Letterpress: The Art of Hatch Show Print

American Letterpress: The Art of Hatch Show Print traveling exhibition and supporting graphic materials present a hundred and thirty years of artful work by one of America’s longest continually operating letterpress printers.

  • An exhibition of letterpress posters, wood blocks and related materials, and a press designed and co-curated by Studio A.
  • Two sequences of posters are a nostalgic return to 1980s imagery and poster treatments. One on white and the other on yellow.
  • Quotes in the exhibition are treated with a variety of wood type fonts, echoing the aesthetic of the posters.
  • A massive woodblock “A” is surrounded by posters from the 1990s that feature type as their primary image.
  • Three early-20th century blocks hang next to a contemporary print.
  • A poster also serves as a wrapper for the exhibition prospectus.
  • Cover of the exhibition prospectus.
  • A spread from the exhibition prospectus shows old and new Hatch prints, wood type headlines, and text about the show.
  • Exhibition partners are presented on a spread featuring Hatch’s famous “Three Johnnys” print.
  • The accordion-fold brochure includes a page showing the letterpress printing process and a back panel showing print examples.
  • Type suggesting letterpress handbills and imagery adapted from a Hatch poster, evoke the art and spirit of the exhibition.
  • The graphic standards manual shows a poster design for use by exhibition venues. On this page, an ad for the show.

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