Eighth Super Cool Exhibition of Shopping Bags

Eighth Super Cool Exhibition of Shopping Bags
Infinite Commercial Art Designs Adorning a Practical Function
Curated by William J. Dane

Main Library
January 23 – March 16, 2008

Picasso_and_Beatles_bagsThe Newark Public Library announces a new exhibition on a topic of wide public interest and enthusiasm: the Eighth Super Cool Exhibition of Shopping Bags, which is devoted to designs from the commercial art world used to identify and adorn the practical functioning shopping bags in regular use all across the United States and indeed the wide world of retail merchandising. The exhibit is in the third floor gallery of the Main Library at 5 Washington Street in downtown Newark. The exhibition runs from January 23 through March 16, 2008.

variety_of_shopping_bagsIn December 2007, the New York Times ran a page one feature article that noted, “Shopping bags are the fashion…the lowly free store bag is undergoing a luxurious makeover.” Included in this timely library show are miniature bags, master sized bags, new bags, bags with stunning logos, books about shopping bags, international bags from London, Paris, Australia, Japan, New York City, and also the Garden State. striped_bagsOther bags come from Great Britain, museums exhibits saluting great artists, and Bloomingdale’s historic bags dating from the 1970s.

The show is curated by William J. Dane, long-time Supervisor of Special Collections, who noted that the Special Bag Collection now totals over one thousand items, most of which are gifts from travelers and an enthusiastic public much interested in contemporary visuals for commercial establishments.

two_shopping_bagsPrevious shows of shopping bags at the Library have been widely popular, with thousands of visitors focusing attention on this everyday functional object that has become a major visual feature on American streets over the past three decades and more. The exhibition is on view during regular library hours without entrance fees of any type. For additional information, please call 973-733-7745.