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Pop-up Book Wonderlands

A spread from Wa Hair Swinging Dance. A pop-up book by artist Collette Fu.



James Branch Cabell Library, Lecture Hall (Room 303)
901 Park Ave., Richmond, Va. 23284


VCU Libraries celebrates the 3-millionth addition to its library collections in 2018 with a series of events called Milestones. The events highlight the 2,999,999th volume (an oral history collection featuring second-wave feminists in central Virginia), the 3,000,000th volume (a seminal new book about treatment of traumatic brain injury, co-authored by David X. Cifu, M.D., chair of VCU's Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation) and the 3,000,001st volume (an artists' book by VCU alumna Colette Fu).

The 3,000,001st volume is Wa Hair Swinging Dance by VCU alumna Colette Fu, a pop-up book that captures the fervent movement of women from the Wa people of China engaged in a traditional harvest dance. The book is a valuable addition to VCU Libraries' Book Art Collection, a nationally significant collection in high demand by artists and scholars. In a talk titled "Pop-up Book Wonderlands," Fu discusses her work. The talk is followed by a reception.

This event, like every event in the Milestones series, is free and open to all, but please register. For special accommodations, please call the VCU Libraries Events Office at (804) 828-0593 at least two days prior to the event.

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In addition to her talk, Colette Fu will lead a special workshop in celebration of the Year of the Dog. Fu says, "Dogs are loyal, honest and put their heart and soul into their tasks. Our task will be making Year of the Dog pop-up cards." Templates will be provided. The workshop will take place April 20, 1:30–3:30 p.m., in the Mapp Room in James Branch Cabell Library. Please register for this workshop, as space is limited.

About the Speaker

Colette Fu is an internationally celebrated book artist and paper engineer, as well as a passionate arts educator. She received a B.A. in French from the University of Virginia, a B.G.S. from VCU and an M.F.A. from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Her pop-up books are held by the Library of Congress, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Yale University, Virginia Commonwealth University and other major collecting institutions. Solo exhibitions of her work have been held at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the University of Virginia Gallery, the Philadelphia Athenaeum and Georgetown University. She is the recipient of the Fulbright Research Award and grants from the Independence Foundation, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Puffin Foundation and the Society for Photographic Education.

Other Events in the Milestones Series

Please join us for the whole Milestones series.

Banner image: Spread from Wa Hair Swinging Dance. Pop-Up Book by Collette Fu.


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