Get SF Weekly Newsletters
Pin It

Start the Presses 

Wednesday, May 5 2010
Greenfield Village, a kind of living museum of outmoded American inventions and customs outside Detroit, used to feature working blacksmiths, weavers, and millers. The roster could now include steelworkers, elevator operators, and VHS duplicators. But the news isn’t all bad for those who appreciate seemingly lost arts. In a small town in Wisconsin, the Hamilton Wood Type Museum houses a bygone printing factory that, one weekend a month, turns into a hubbub of printmaking activity. Justine Nagan’s hour-long film, Typeface, doesn’t merely document this phenomenon but pays homage to the sublime act of tactile, hands-on artmaking. The doc illustrates how a venerable technique and a vanishing craft continue to inspire a circle of graphic designers whose own work preserves a sense of history and tradition. Artisan printing, like piano building, is one of the last bulwarks of quality in a world filled with generic, mass-produced junk. Nagan appears at two screenings: 6 p.m. on May 15 and 2 p.m. on May 16.
Sat., May 15, 6 & 8 p.m.; May 16, 2 & 4 p.m., 2010

About The Author

Michael Fox


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed
  1. Most Popular


  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"