Pop Up! Movable Books & Art at the Library

Explore the world of movable books - from commercially produced works to inventive handmade artists’ books - all drawn from Special Collections & Archives at McHenry Library.

Mechanical devices like liftable flaps and revolving wheels were built into scientific and scholarly books as early as the 13th century, but it wasn't until the late nineteenth century, and the explosion of inexpensive color printing technologies, that movable books found their way into the hands of masses of children and adults. Readers continue to love these books that move, for the hands-on marvel of a simple machine built of folded paper and glue hidden within the flat covers of a book. Artists working in book arts today incorporate moving parts and mechanical structures into their work as well, inventing structures to further push the boundaries of what a book can do.

Pop Up! is co-curated by Luisa Haddad and Rebecca Rapp.

Special Collections & Archives is grateful to Ann Gibb and Sandor Nagyszalanczy, whose donated pop-up book collection has made this exhibit possible.

Open to the public during Special Collections & Archives hours.

Friday, December 14, 2018 at 10:00am to 4:00pm

McHenry Library, Special Collections & Archives Reading Room, Third Floor
1156 High St, Santa Cruz, California 95064

Event Type


Invited Audience

Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Students, General Public


Arts & Culture

Library, University
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