January 10 – March 23, 2014
Durham Children's Museum
Printmaking has shaped culture throughout history. Rooted in prehistoric times with rock art, and later with the Sumerians in approximately 2900 B.C., printmaking became more widespread with the Chinese invention of paper. In the 15th century, Gutenberg’s printing press and the ability to mass produce books ushered in a whole new era of literacy. From the Renaissance onward, printmaking as an art form took off and has flourished and grown in complexity ever since. In Print It!, view a sampling of prints from the Museum’s permanent collection and local printmakers that showcases a variety of printing techniques. This exhibition guides children and adults alike through the history of printmaking with hands-on printmaking elements and displays that explain the wide scope of printmaking processes.