Thursday, May 20th
6pm Reception | 7pm Screening
Followed by Q&A with director/producer Justine Nagan
Rauch Planetarium Theatre, U of L
108 W Brandeis Ave
Louisville, KY 40292
Free for LGDA members | $8 for the public
The documentary Typeface, produced by Kartequim Films is about a lone employee who waits in a cavernous old museum for visitors come. A few individuals straggle in every few days and then, come Friday, the museum fills with life. Machines hum, press print, artists buzz about. One weekend each month, the quite of Two Rivers is interrupted as carloads of artistians drive in from across the Midwest. The place comes alive as printmaking workshops led by, and filled with, some of the nation’s top design talent descend on the sleepy enclave.
In a time when people can carry computers in their pockets and watch TV while walking down the street, Typeface dares to explore the twilight of an analog craft that is freshly inspiring artists in a digital age. The Hamilton Wood Type Museum in Two Rivers, WI personifies cultural preservation, rural re-birth and the lineage of American graphic design. At Hamilton, international artistans meet retired craftsmen and together navigate the convergence of modern design and traditional technique. But the Museum’s days are numbered. What is the responsibility of artists and historians to preserve a dying craft? How can rural towns survive in a shifting industrial marketplace where big-box retailers are king?