Pages Unveiled: Journey into the Book Beyond Text

Tulane University Special Collections announces a new exhibition: 

Pages Unveiled: Journey into the Book Beyond Text 

March 15, 2024 – June 14, 2024 


Opening reception March 15, 2024, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.  

Free and open to the public.  

Refreshments will be served.  


When asked to describe their favorite book, many readers will mention a beloved author, preferred genre, or an enjoyable narrative trope. They express their love of books because of the comfort of a familiar everyday object that is easily accessed by reading, scrolling, listening to, or running fingers against Braille code. Despite using our beloved books all the time, we seldom pause to consider the book as an object.  

Featuring more than 50 book objects ranging in date from c. 1300 to 2024, Pages Unveiled: Journey into the Book Beyond Text aims to celebrate the book’s overlooked physical elements. Visitors are invited to consider the entire book as an object of significance—its paper, inked shapes, typography, illustrations, and binding. Using recent acquisitions and works seldom on view from the rare book collections of Tulane University Special Collections, the Newcomb Art Museum, and private collections, this exhibition will give visitors a firsthand look at bookmaking materials and the varieties of books they can create. Examples of the materials and instruments employed to create, print, and bind books throughout history will be on display.  


All book lovers are invited to join us as we examine the unique facets that determine a book's singular identity so that we may “raise the veil” on the story beyond the text.  

Curated by Kure Croker, Agnieszka Czeblakow, Faye Daigle, and Samantha Schafer, Pages Unveiled: Journey into the Book Beyond Text opens March 15, 2024 and is on view through June 14, 2024 at the Tulane University Special Collections 2nd Floor Gallery, 6801 Freret Street, Jones Hall, on Tulane University’s Uptown campus. Hours are 10am–4pm Monday-Friday. Admission is free and open to the public.  

For more information contact:  

Kevin Williams, Coordinator for Exhibits & Outreach,  

Tulane University Special Collections  

(504) 247-1836



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