The Pop-Up Worlds of Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart: Exhibit
February 17 @ 8:00 AM - May 15 @ 5:00 PM
In the summer of 2019, UWM Special Collections received a very generous donation of almost 400 pop-up books from Milwaukee collector Dick Schoen. This new Pop-Up Book Collection provides additional documentation for two other collecting area in Special Collections – the Historical Curriculum Collection and the History of Books and Publishing. Schoen’s collection concentrates generally on first-edition works by numerous paper engineers published after 1990. To celebrate this acquisition, this exhibition highlights the works of two of the most celebrated paper engineers working in the industry today: Robert Sabuda (b. 1965) and Matthew Reinhart (b. 1971).
Robert Sabuda received his training at the Pratt Institute in New York and began his pop-up book career in 1994. Not long after, Sabuda met Matthew Reinhart, who although deeply interested in art, had already made plans to attend medical school. Sabuda, however, convinced Reinhart to pursue his art interests by enrolling at Pratt. Reinhart’s own career in pop-ups began in 1999, and the two began to collaborate on publishing projects almost immediately.
This exhibition presents over twenty years of individual and collaborative work by Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart. Each has won numerous awards and garnered an international following for their pop-up creations. Sabuda and Reinhart have so far collaborated on sixteen works, eleven of which are exhibited here.
Under the direction of Special Collections head Max Yela, this exhibition was researched and installed by Special Collection Graduate Intern Morgan Ellsworth, a graduate student in the UWM Department of Art History. She was assisted by Special Collections Graduate Fieldworker Claire Kittell who is also a graduate student in the UWM Department of Art History.