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Fall 2015 TDC Lettering Walk: Metropolitan Museum of Art with Paul Shaw

December 6, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

The Fall 2015 TDC Lettering Walk: The Metropolitan Museum of Art with Paul Shaw

The Fall 2015 TDC Lettering Walk will be the first ever to take place indoors. We will visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art to see the wide variety of lettering that it contains, from the obvious such as Roman sarcophagi to the unexpected such as Arts & Crafts tapestries and calligraphically-inscribed Iznik ware. This is an opportunity to look at the Met’s huge collection from a new perspective, seeing items in a broad range of media that, although not famous, are beautiful, intriguing or moving. We will also look at lettering that is part of the museum itself, separate from its collections, including the work of John Howard Benson of The John Stevens Shop. Note: The fee for the tour is higher than normal because it includes admission to the museum

The cost of the ticket includes the MET entry fee.

detail Renaissance painting lores 6556

French stained glass lores 6521

Majolica plate lores 6530

Medieval statue detail lores 6502

Paul Shaw is a designer and a design historian. As a designer he specializes in letterforms from calligraphy to type design. Paul has designed or co-designed 18 fonts, including Kolo, Donatello and Old Claude. As a historian he has written or lectured about Bartolomeo Sanvito, W.A. Dwiggins, Oswald Cooper, Frederic W. Goudy, George Salter, Phil Gruskin, Hermann Zapf and others. He is the editor of The Eternal Letter, the co-editor of Blackletter: Type and National Identity and the author of Helvetica and the New York Subway System. In the late 1990s Paul and Garrett Boge were partners in Legacy of Letters, a series of tours of Rome and Florence. He revived Legacy of Letters in 2010 with Alta Price as his partner and an emphasis on the lettering of Northern Italy. Since 2005 Paul has conducted a series of lettering walks in the United States for the TDC, SoTA, AIGA Chicago and other groups.

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December 6, 2015
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Type Directors Club
t: 212-633-8943


Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 5th Avenue
New York, NY,
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