The Durham Museum

American Letterpress: The Art of Hatch Show Print illustrates the fascinating fusion of art with popular culture and music history.  Featuring the work of one of the nation’s oldest operating printing shops – Nashville, Tennessee’s Hatch Show Print – the exhibition highlights the uniquely American posters produced to advertise everything from vaudeville shows, state fairs and stock car races to the Grand Ole Opry, Elvis Presley and Herbie Hancock.

Founded in 1879 in Nashville, Tenn., Hatch Show Print is still a working letterpress and design shop, creating posters today using the same letterpress methods as yesterday.  American Letterpress features historical and contemporary posters and original wooden print blocks – some never before seen by the public.

American Letterpress: The Art of Hatch Show Print, an exhibition created by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in collaboration with the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, is supported by America’s Jazz Heritage, A Partnership of the Wallace Foundation and the Smithsonian Institution.

Sponsored locally by the Peter Kiewit Foundation, Douglas County Commissioners, U.S. Bank, the Steven H. Durham Family Foundation and Whitmore Charitable Trust. Additional support provided by Webster Design Associates. Media support provided by CityWeekly.

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