announcing Greer Allen to lecture on Berthold Wolpe at Wells College
- The Wells College Book Arts Center welcomes book designer Greer Allen to
campus. On Thursday, April 18, Mr. Allen will give a talk entitled "You See
His Letters Every Day: the Tumultuous Life and Times of Berthold Wolpe." The
lecture begins at 7:00 pm in the Art Exhibit Room in Macmillan Hall, and is
free and open to the public.
The lecture will focus on type designer Berthold Wolpe. Wolpe was born near
Frankfurt, Germany in 1905. He spent much of his life working in England,
where he designed as many as 1,500 book jackets for publisher Faber & Faber.
He is best known for designing the typeface Albertus, which was commissioned
by the Monotype Corporation in 1932. For a time, Albertus was the most
ubiquitous display typeface in England, and in 1988 was used by the City of
London on all street signs. Wolpe is also credited with designing the
Hyperion and Tempest typefaces.
A dynamic speaker, Greer Allen has designed publications for Colonial
Williamsburg, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago,
Storm King Art Center, and many other libraries and museums. He now serves
as senior critic in graphic design at the Yale School of Art, and is a
former Printer-to-Yale University. He has been designated honorary printer
to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City.
This special event is sponsored by the Wells Book Arts Center, the Dean of
the College, and the Bookworkers Union Local .918. For more information
about this event, please contact the Wells Book Arts Center at 315-364-3420
or by email at bookartscenter@....
Established in 1868 by Henry Wells, founder of Wells Fargo and American
Express, Wells is a liberal arts college dedicated to preparing women for
the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. The college is located
in the beautiful village of Aurora, on Cayuga Lake between Ithaca and Auburn
Wells Book Arts Center
Aurora, NY 13026