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

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Kirsten MacLeod


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This exhibition, the first ever to focus on the little magazines of this period, documents an important literary and cultural phenomenon that was at once part of and a reaction against the rise of mass-market magazines in this period. Though often overlooked in favor of their European counterparts, such as the London-based Yellow Book­, and of Modernist successors like Poetry and the Dial, these magazines were central to the emergence of radical, progressive, avant-garde, and even popular and populist literary, artistic, and cultural movements of the early twentieth century. At the same time, they are often underrepresented in accounts of developments in book design and the graphic arts that were part of contemporaneous print revolutions, notably the fine press movements in Britain and America and the international poster movement. The exhibition will feature a wide array of these magazines as well as related material that situates them within the broader cultural context, demonstrating their connection to the fine press and poster movements, to developments in modern graphic art and design, and to the subsequent Modernist little magazine movement. It will also highlight prominent figures within the movement, including Will Bradley, John Sloan, Elbert Hubbard, and Thomas Mosher, and focus on notable literary and artistic contributors such as Kate Chopin, Stephen Crane, Bruce Rogers, W. A. Dwiggins, Booth Tarkington, Clarence Darrow, and others. Overall, the exhibition features over 160 items, on loan from private and institutional collections. It will include magazines, books, manuscript material, posters and prints, ephemera, and decorative objects in a display that will be instructive and visually dynamic for collectors, bibliophiles, and the general public.

Publication metadata

Artist(s): MacLeod K

Publication type: Exhibition

Publication status: Published

Year: 2013

Number of Pieces: 170

Venue: Grolier Club,

Location: 47 East 60th Street, New York City

Source Publication Date: 20 February 2013 / 27 April 2013

Media of Output: Portfolio