The Power of the Press Exhibition
Power of the Press focuses on works that are political in nature, works that help
us understand cultures and subcultures other than our own, works that inspire inclusiveness…
works that build bridges rather than walls.
This exhibition of prints and books by artists with something to say includes the works
of Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr., Jenn Farrell of Starshaped Press (and her young daughter Josephine),
Ilana Smith, Maureen Cummins, Eric Woods & Co. at Firecracker Press, Kyle Durrie & Co. at Power &
Light Press, Joan Iversen Goswell, Ed Hutchins, Robert The, Carol Todaro, Tom Virgin, Karen Esteves,
John Cutrone & Paula Marie Gourley, Karen Hanmer, Ambar Past & Co. at Taller Leñateros, Lee Krist,
the artists of Migration Now, and Jules Remedios Faye of Stern & Faye, Printers.
MARY KATHARINE GODDARD was one feisty printer. In fact, she might be considered
one of the earliest of the feisty American printers: she was hired in 1777 by the
Continental Congress as the printer for the Second Printing of the Declaration of
Independence––the version that was delivered to the British Crown. Goddard’s printing
was different from the first printing of the Declaration, for hers included all the
names of the signers. And, at the very bottom, she included her own:
BALTIMORE, in MARYLAND :
Printed by MARY KATHARINE GODDARD.
Including her own name made her just as guilty of treason against the Crown as the men
who signed the Declaration. So this activist printer put her own neck on the line for
what she believed in.
Activism came hand in hand with the perfection of the printing press and movable
type in the 15th century, for the technology revolutionized communication and the
dissemination of knowledge, and so it wasn’t long before the press became a voice
for the people (or for those with access to the technology, at least). This continues
to this day, even in our post analog, digital age, which has fueled a renaissance of
interest in letterpress printing and the book arts. At the heart of this exhibition,
though, is one powerful thing: the activist spirit of Mary Katharine Goddard and all
the printers that follow in her feisty footsteps.