Jack Stauffacher: Typographic Experiments

Art of the Americas Building, Level 3
February 2, 2013–July 21, 2013

For over seventy years, San Francisco printer Jack Stauffacher has produced books and prints that challenge the hidebound conventions of typography. His work explores the aesthetic potential of the printer’s tools—letterforms, printing inks, and the press—to create kinetic compositions that activate the entire space of the page.

Thanks to the generosity of LACMA’s Decorative Arts and Design Acquisition Group (DA2), the museum recently acquired Stauffacher’s 1998 portfolio Wooden Letters from 300 Broadway as well as several monoprints. These experimental prints are displayed with his innovative editions of classical literature, demonstrating how themes of pacing and movement permeate both streams of work.

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Image: Jack Werner Stauffacher, Print from Wooden Letters from 300 Broadway, 1998, Letterpress, Gift of the 2012 Decorative Arts and Design Acquisition Committee. (DA2), M.2012.56.1.6. © Jack Werner Stauffacher, Photo: 42-line.


For the Love of Type

This past Sunday, we opened Jack Stauffacher: Typographic Experiments. In 1966, San Francisco printer Jack Stauffacher reopened The Greenwood Press, the imprint he had founded as a teenager, and moved his workshop to what was known as “The Printer’s Building” at 300 Broadway.