Monday, March 27, 2017

MMT: Revealed! Edward McKnight Kauffer

The graphic artist is Edward McKnight Kauffer!

Library Sloth sits with the illustration for Requiem for a Nun book jacket. 

Referred to as “the Picasso of advertising design” Edward McKnight Kauffer was an influential advertising poster artist in Europe during the 1920s and 1930s.  He produced the dust jacket art for the 1951 first edition of William Faulkner’s Requiem for a Nun.

Portrait of Edward McKnight Kauffer

Kauffer may be best known for the 140 posters that he produced for London Underground, and later London Transport. The posters span many styles: many show abstract influences, including futurism, cubism, and vorticism; others evoke impressionist influences such as Japanese woodcuts.

Kauffer returned to America at the outbreak of World War II where he struggled in the more competitive New York City advertising atmosphere until he was approached to do a series of posters for American Airlines in 1947. He created posters for Shell Oil and other commercial clients, and also illustrated books and book covers. In his later years after returning to the United States, Kauffer continued to use the book jacket as a medium for graphic and typographical experimentation, designing jackets for Random House, Alfred Knopf and Pantheon Press. In addition to designing the book cover for Requiem for a Nun, Kauffer illustrated several other Random House Faulkner offerings, including Intruder in the Dust, Light in August and Sanctuary.  

The University Museum and Archives and Special Collections are happy to be a part of the 24th Annual Oxford Conference for the Book! Be sure to stop by for the free, public events next week: 

March 29th, 11 am, Conference Kick-Off with a welcome lunch at Library and Special Collections on March 29th 11:30 am, Jay Slatterfield Lecture entitled "Faulkner at Random: Building a House, Building a Brand" 
March 30th, 1:30pm Panel Discussion related to "Lasting Impressions: Restoring Kate Freeman Clark," with special guest curators Annette Trefzer and James G. Thomas, Jr., and Carolyn J. Brown, author of The Artist's Sketch: A Biography of Painter Kate Freeman Clark

Monday, March 20, 2017

Monday Museum TAKEOVER! Who Is This Graphic Artist?

Hey folks! I'm back and so excited to takeover the Museum again and share some of what we have in Archives and Special Collections over in JD Williams Library! 
This month, I've been busy helping my archives crew set up the new "Faulkner at Random" exhibit in anticipation of The Oxford Conference for the Book!
Library Sloth hanging around with some good books in Archives and Special Collections
Known for his preference for spare text and symbolic representation, who was the American graphic artist that produced the dust jacket art for the 1951 first edition of William Faulkner’s Requiem for a Nun?
Have you ever read Requiem for a Nun? Have you seen this dust jacket before? 

Here is a close-up of the original artwork. What does this look like to you?

This year's Oxford Conference for the Book will be Wednesday, March 29th through Friday, March 31st. Click for a complete list of events. 
The conference kicks off with a welcome lunch at Library and Special Collections on March 29th at 11 am, followed by a talk at 11:30am by Jay Slatterfield entitled "Faulkner at Random: Building a House, Building a Brand". 
#JoinUS at the Museum on March 30th at 1:30pm when special curators will lead a talk related to our newest exhibit "Lasting Impressions: Restoring Kate Freeman Clark." Hope to see everyone there! 

Monday, March 6, 2017

Monday Museum Mystery: What Famous Artist made this Glasswork?

Frequent visitors to the Museum should know who this artist is right away! Her collection is almost always on permanent display in our Speaker's Gallery, and she is most famous for her unique, lacey trees. Not many people are familiar with her glasswork, but it is intriguing to see how she replicated her signature style across different mediums! Do you know who she is? 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

March Museum Happenings!

Spring is in the air, and we are excited to share with you upcoming plans for March at the UM Museum! In February, our educational programs reached 930 on-site (including repeat participants) and 265 participants off-site. We traveled to Jonestown, MS, learned about ice with our Mini Masters, visited the public library, saw our Scott Center friends, and welcomed families on an exciting journey along the Silk Road Trading Route. We hope you will join us for more fun in March!
We had so much fun sharing the Museum with families at our On the Silk Road Family Day! 

March Museum Public Educational Programming
Click the links to find out more information! 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017- Summer Camp Registration Opens Online! 

Friday, March 3, 2017 (Drop-in/Self-guided) First Friday Free Sketch Day

Friday, March 3, 2017, Come visit us for story time at the Lafayette County & Oxford Public Library!  (FREE, @ library)

Mondays @ 8:30 a.m. (with the exception of 3/13) RebelWell Yoga in the Galleries

Monday, March 6, 2017, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Middle School and Teen Museum Milkshake Mash-Up
(FREE, grades 6-12)

Thursday, March 9, 2017, 3:45-4:30 p.m. (ages 2-5  w/ adult) Mini Masters @ the Powerhouse
($5 per family)

March 23, 2017, 3:45-4:30 p.m. (ages 2-5  w/ adult) Mini Masters @ the Museum

In addition to these programs we look forward to sharing the Museum with the following groups: 

Scott Center, Leap Frog, Jonestown Community Resource and Activity Center, Oxford Elementary INSIGHTS, Art Zone,  Lafayette Elementary, Della Davidson Elementary, UM Art History classes, Batesville Intermediate, Tate County School District, United Way, North Pontotoc Elementary, Conference for the Book. 

Interested in scheduling a group tour or traveling trunk? Contact Emily McCauley at or 662-915-7205