The Popuplady at the Smithsonian
- Come listen and say, Hello!
Miniature Book Society member, Ellen G. K. Rubin, aka The Popuplady, will lecture on "A History of Pop-up and Movable Books: 700 Years of Paper Engineering" at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, in Washington, DC on Wednesday, November 10 at 12:00 Noon, in the Carmichael Auditorium. Ms. Rubin's presentation will include slides and video that draw from her internationally renowned collection of over 7000 movable books, dating back to 1547, miniature books, and thousands of movable ephemera, including postcards, greeting cards, promotional and advertising material. The talk will be webcast.
Ms. Rubin's talk is in conjunction with the Smithsonian's exhibit, Paper Engineering: Fold, Pull, Pop & Turn also at the American History Museum, for which she served as a consultant. She has curated movable book exhibitions at the Brooklyn Public Library, SUNY-New Paltz Library, and the Bienes Museum of the Book in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. A charter and board member of the Movable Book Society, Ms. Rubin has appeared on Martha Stewart Living, CBS Sunday Morning, and Japanese Public TV demonstrating objects from her collection and has lectured at libraries and other venues. A future appearance will be a lecture on movable mailing items at the National Postal Museum in Washington DC in the fall of 2011.
The current Smithsonian exhibit, on through October 2011, shows a variety of movable paper mechanisms used in books from 1540 to today. The exhibit has been very well attended and reviewed. Images and information about the exhibit is linked from her website: www.popuplady.com The talk is free and open to the public.