The Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum is facing eviction, and has just days left to raise enough funds to transfer its amazing collection - the world's largest - of wood type to a new location. If you are in Chicago, you can help the museum through attending a screening of our film Typeface on Tuesday, January 15th at 7pm at Harrington College of Design.
Doors at 7:00, screening at 7:30. Tickets available here: https://sta-chicago.org/events/typeface-screening-a-hamilton-fundraiser. Typeface director Justine Nagan will attend the screening.
Jointly hosted by Kartemquin, Harrington College, the Society of Typographic Arts (STA) and the Chicago Design Museum (CHIDM), we are inviting attendees to choose their level of donation in purchasing tickets. We will also be hosting a raffle of items related to the film. All proceeds from this event will benefit Hamilton directly.
There is also a screening of Typeface on January 10th in Milwaukee, hosted by AIGA Wisconsin from 7pm at Jackalope Lounj, 345 N. Broadway, Milwaukee, WI. Get more details.
The Hamilton Museum has raised over $140,000 since learning of the impending eviction, but still needs over $100,000 to help move their collection.
Typeface focuses on a rural Midwestern museum and print shop where international artists meet retired craftsmen and together navigate the convergence of modern design and traditional technique.
It's a Thursday afternoon and all is quiet in Two Rivers, Wisconsin. Main Street is virtually empty, and there are “for rent” signs in several shop windows. In the last few years, the un-employment rate has been consistently on the rise in the region. Factories are leaving the heartland for cheaper locales and the little town of Two Rivers is struggling to re-invent itself. Jim VanLanen, one of the town’s most industrious entrepreneurs, began developing small museums as a way to bring tourists and industry to the area.
A few blocks off the main drag, in a section of the old cavernous Hamilton printing factory, a lone employee waits in the most popular of these museums for visitors to come. A couple of individuals straggle in every few days and then, come Friday, the museum fills with life. Machines hum, presses print, artists buzz about. One weekend each month, the quiet of Two Rivers is interrupted as carloads of artisans drive in from across the Midwest. The place comes alive as printmaking workshops led by, and filled with, some of the region’s top creative talent descend on the sleepy enclave. The museum is significant to the town’s history, but more importantly, its existence is critical to the worldwide design community who are passionate about the history of their craft and its function in the contemporary field. They believe the future of their industry may lie in the past.
The Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum is the only museum dedicated to the preservation, study, production and printing of wood type. With 1.5 million pieces of wood type and more than 1,000 styles and sizes of patterns, Hamilton's collection is one of the premier wood type collections in the world. In addition to wood type, the Museum is home to an amazing array of advertising cuts from the 1930s through the 1970s, and all of the equipment necessary to make wood type and print with it, as well as equipment used in the production of hot metal type, tools of the craft and rare type specimen catalogs.
Located between the East and West Twin Rivers on Lake Michigan, the Hamilton Manufacturing Company was the largest wood type producer in the country, when virtually everything was letterpress printed. The company was founded in 1880, and in addition to wood type, the company has manufactured medical office furniture, light tables, the first gas powered clothes dryer (really!) and more; now in its 130th year, the company produces steel lab equipment.
With a noted tradition of nurturing emerging talent and acting as a leading voice for independent media, Kartemquin is building on more than 50 years of history as Chicago’s documentary powerhouse.
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