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Leonardo and the printing press were born in the same year. And the first transformation of that revolutionary communications technology was, of course, games. Books required readers. Playing cards, made uniform and inexpensive by Gutenberg's press, spoke a universal, popular language. China, India and Egypt had organized the deck. Soldiers carried the newly manufactured cards – less cumbersome than chess pieces – across Europe. The Renaissance was a flowering of art, literature, and cards.
“It’s an ordinary deck” says the dealer, the fortune teller or the conjurer, fanning the cards before you. The game begins with a promise of absolute familiarity and fairness. The Challenge lies in what you do with the cards you receive.
Shuffle, sort, palm, count, hold, flip, cut or conceal them. Or draw another. Bend, fold, spindle or mutilate them. Read the past or the future in them. Find new meanings for their symbols. Tell their stories.
Make art in the play of your hand.
The JFM Foundation
supporting education in the arts
The Foundation will match
Sponsor, Contributor, & Benefactor gifts.
Lehman Brothers Engravers
Royal Printing Service
Koffee on Audubon
Sponsors underwrite a scholarship that
may be awarded by, to, or through
an organization or a company.
Contributors underwrite a summer or classroom scholarship to be awarded by the Museum.
The Leoardo Challenge 2007
Thursday, April 12th
5:30 – 9pm
Enjoy fine champagne,
from the creative kitchen of
Support the work of the Eli Whitney Museum
through your presence and your purchase of
artwork invented for this event.
Call for Entries
Photography by Robert Lisak www.robertlisak.com