Cast and Recast: St. Louis Type Past and Present

Cast and Recast: St. Louis Type Present and Past

A closing reception for Cast and Recast: St. Louis Type Past and Present will take place on June 25, 2016 at Gallery 210 from 5PM to 7PM. This event is being held to celebrate the publication of the exhibition’s catalog. The illustrated catalog includes essays by Robert Mullen, author of Recasting a Craft: St. Louis Typefounders Respond to Industrialization; Ben Kiel of Typefounding, Eric Woods of The Firecracker Press and Jennifer McKnight, Associate Professor in Art and Art History at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

The exhibition Cast and Recast St. Louis Type Past and Present is a celebration of St. Louis’ rich history as the first major type foundry city in the Midwest. The exhibition features posters designed by area graphic designers and typographers using a new typeface by Ben Kiel of Typefounding. Kiel’s typeface pays homage to the historic typeface “Geometric Italic” created by Central Type Foundry St. Louis, formally at 4th and Elm Streets that operated in St. Louis from 1870-1892.

Cast and Recast: St. Louis Type Past and Present includes selected materials describing the process of casting and designing hot metal type, historical posters and early type specimen catalogues from St. Louis type foundries on loan from the collections of The St. Louis Public Library, Missouri History Museum, and The Firecracker Press and Central Print.

This exhibition is supported in part by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency; the Regional Arts Commission; the Center for the Humanities, and the College of Fine Arts and Communication at UMSL, AIGA St. Louis, Laumeier Sculpture Park and a grant from the University of Missouri Research Board.

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