Current Exhibitions


Second Floor:

The Angel in the Marble: Selections from the Berger-Cloonan Collection of Decorated Papers

March 1-August 17, 2018. M-F, 8AM—5:45PM
Closed on March 14-16; closing at 1pm on March 30; closed on May 28 and July 4

The Cushing Memorial Library and Archives is pleased to announce a new exhibition curated from the Berger-Cloonan Collection of Decorated Papers. The Collection contains more than 20,000 items representing five centuries of paper production and decoration from across the globe and is one of the strongest collections of its kind. Among its many strengths are 18th century Dutch gilt papers, thousands of unique marbled and paste papers, Japanese Chiyogami and Katazome, historic watermarks, and scores of papermakers’ sample books. The collection had its origins as a teaching collection built to support the work of Dr. Sidney E. Berger and Dr. Michèle V. Cloonan, and with this in mind, Texas A&M University was selected as its permanent home and contributes to the University Libraries’ efforts in teaching book history and book arts.

The opening of The Angel in the Marble exhibition will be in the Cushing Library from 6:00pm—8:00pm on Thursday, March 1, 2018. Award-winning paper artist and printer Tom Leech will present a talk on the art of paper decoration at the opening. In conjunction with the exhibition opening, there will be a free demonstration of several historical paper decoration techniques. This demonstration will be held from 2:30pm—4:00pm in the Library Preservation office on the fourth floor of the Evans Library Annex (Room 419).

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