Events

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Mirror of Humanity: Seeing Ourselves in Playing Cards

August 26, 2019 - January 31, 2020
Butler Library, 535 W. 114 St., New York, NY 10027 Rare Book & Manuscript Library (6th Floor East)
Playing cards were once condemned as "the Devil's picture book," gaudy bits of pasteboard that encouraged sins such as time-wasting and gambling. Mirror of Humanity: Seeing Ourselves in Playing Cards instead approaches playing cards as mirrors which retain images of past perceptions of ourselves and others. Whether commercial products made to appeal to buyers, or fanciful gifts created as souvenirs or advertising, playing cards are objects people at every social level, and in many parts of the world, use regularly. Mirror of Humanity focuses on imagery in playing cards and how they reflect the creators' alliances and biases. Cards made in Europe and the United States from the 16th to 21st century are arranged in categories reflecting positions on education, gender, race, Celebrity, scenic views, war, politics and political satire. ***Please join us on November 11 for a gallery tour, followed by a reception at Hex & Co., where we will announce the winner of a playing card design competition.***

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Jane Siegel