Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Before there were 'Zines,

there were little magazines. Taking their cue from European and British literary and artistic journals, small American publications helped define the emerging modernist aesthetic at the turn of the twentieth century. As one of them put it, "Strangely fashioned periodicals, preaching fantastic doctrines, uttering weird thoughts, began to appear like mushrooms after a shower. " Sound familiar?
The Grolier Club of New York currently features an exhibition of these publications, called American Little Magazines of the 1890s: A Revolution in Print through April 27. Drawing from its own collection as well as from other sources, this exhibit includes rare examples of the form, as well as little magazines from Britain and Europe for comparison. This should be well worth seeing if you're in New York.

American Little Magazines of the 1890s: A Revolution in Print 

Feb. 20-April 27, 2013

The Grolier Club  47 East 60th Street (between Park and Madison Avenues) 
New York City 


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