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Milestones: Pop-up Book Wonderlands


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. A reception follows the talk.

This event is free and open to all.  Parking is available for a fee in the West Broad Street, West Main Street and West Cary Street parking decks. For special accommodations, please contact the VCU Libraries Events Office at (804) 828-0593.


In addition to her talk, Colette Fu leads a workshop in celebration of the Year of the Dog. Fu says, "Dogs are loyal and 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.

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.

Image: Spread from Wa Hair Swinging Dance, by Collette Fu.