Jenifer Wightman

Artist Statement:
While the story of Genesis is a perfectly reasonable hypothesis of creation given the available information, we have learned much since the invention of the Gutenberg Printing Press.  The printing press, for me, is the beginning of contemporary science as it was the broad distribution of ideas that led to a true evolution of shared thinking.  This Addendum to the Gutenberg Bible is founded in the tradition of story telling and all the ways language playfully re/considers the world around us
Larger Project Details:
This project was executed during an artist residency at the Center for Book Arts in New York City. It is a individually rubricated, three-color letterpress print (polymer plate, hand-set type, Helvetica, Textura, Weiss) on laid paper made by Lee Marchalonis (lightly pigmented cotton & flax, 12”x16 ¾”) . Addendum was designed in the style and dimension of the 42-line Gutenberg bible and printed in an edition of 180. Completed in 2014.




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Addendum (to the Gutenberg Bible) is a one page letterpress broadside that updates the story of Genesis using scientific images and bibliographic reference.  In July 2014, I began hand-deliviering editions to stewards of existing 49-remaining Gutenberg Bibles. To date, 40 have been delivered, see Collectios below. Follow the blog of my adventures!
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REFERENCES:1. Darwin.1859.Origin of Species.171. 2.Woese.1990.PNAS.87:4576. 3.Crick.1970.Nature.227:561. Lis.2007.Nature.45:198. 5.Doyle.1998.Science.280:69. 6.www.2014. 7.Hodgkin.1952.JPhysiol.116:449. 8.Doolittle.1999.Science.284:2124.
Gratitude to Sarah Broadley, Mirella Bucci, Roni Gross, Lee Marchalonis, Sarah Nicholls, Kyle Triplett,& Center for Book Arts. Printed from photopolymer plates & handset type (Textura, Helvetica, & Weiss) on handmade paper with a Vandercook proof press. NY 2014.
12"x16.5" letterpressed broadside in the style and dimensions of the 42-line Gutenberg Bible. Edition of 180 with the first 49 gifted to stewards of existing Gutenberg Bibles.
source material
In 2006, I surveyed all Cornell Faculty for the most important or meaningful information graphic. This story is a compilation of a few of the responses. The 'tree' was chosen by 2 faculty, Dan Buckley and Steve Zinder. The 'snake' is a derivation of research results by Jon Lis. The 'apple' was chosen by Carl Hopkins. "Adam & Eve" were lifted from the web (with permission).


In the collections of:
Ed 1:  Bavarian State Library, Munich, Germany
Ed 2:  Austrian National Library, Vienna, Austria
Ed 3:  Württembergische Landesbibliothek, Stuttgart, Germany
Ed 4:  Frankfurt University Library, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Ed 5:  Gutenberg Museum, Mainz, Germany
Ed 6:  Gutenberg Museum, Mainz, Germany
Ed 7:  Stadtbibliothek-Weberbach, Trier, Germany
Ed 8:  Hofbibliothek, Aschaffenburg, Germany
Ed 9:  Hochschul-und Landesbibliothek, Fulda, Germany
Ed 10:  Universitatsbibliothek Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany
Ed 11:  Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Ed 12:  Biblioteka Seminarium Duchownego, Pelpin Poland, pending
Ed 13:  Landesbibliothek, Kassel, Germany
Ed 14:  Staats-und Universitatsbibliothek, Gottingen, Germany
Ed 15:  Library of the University of Mons-Hainaut, Mons, Belgium
Ed 16:  Bibliotheque de l’Agglomeration de St. Omer, St. Omer, France
Ed 17:  Bibliotheque Nationale de France, Paris, France, rejected
Ed 18:  Bibliotheque Nationale de France, Paris, France, rejected
Ed 19:  Bibliotheque Mazarine, Paris, France
Ed 20:  Gottorf Castle, Schleswig, Germany
Ed 21:  Danish Royal Library, Copenhagen, Denmark
Ed 22:  Vatican Library, Vatican City, Italy
Ed 23:  Vatican Library, Vatican City, Italy
Ed 24:  Bodmer Library, Cologny, Switzerland
Ed 25:  Library of Congress, DC, USA
Ed 26:  Bodleian Library, Oxford, UK
Ed 27:  Eton College Library, Eton, UK
Ed 28:  Lambeth Palace Library, London, UK
Ed 29:  Moscow State University Library, Moscow, Russia
Ed 30:  Russian State Library, Moscow, Russia
Ed 31:  British Library, London, UK, pending
Ed 32:  British Library, London, UK, pending
Ed 33:  John Rylands Library, Manchester, UK
Ed 34:  National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh, UK
Ed 35:  Cambridge University Library, Cambridge, UK
Ed 36: New York Public Library, New York, NY, USA
Ed 37:  Morgan Library, New York, NY, USA
Ed 38:  Morgan Library, New York, NY, USA
Ed 39:  Morgan Library, New York, NY, USA
Ed 40-49: to be delivered
Ed 50 & 51: reserved for currently unaccounted Gutenberg Bibles.
Ed.52: Nancy Wightman
Ed 53: my copy!
Ed 54: Bob Rubens
Ed 55: Donation to Center for Book Arts
Ed 56: Clapp Library, Wellesley College
Ed 71: Donation to LMCC auction,
bid won by Sam Miller
Ed 72: Ginger Cornell
Ed 73: Meg Jamieson & Jamie Walters
Ed 74: David Whiteman & Lee Jane Kauffman
Ed 75: Jodi & Matt Cushman
Ed 76: Mark Samuel Lasner
Ed 77: Exhibited at the International Print Center New York
IPCNY New Prints 2015/Summer
Donation to the Center for Book Arts Auction,
bid won by Szilvia Szmuk-Tanenbaum
EE1: Donation to the Center for Book Arts Auction,
bid won by Colin Urbina
EE2: Nancy Wightman
AP1: Sarah Broadley
AP2: Mirella Bucci
AP3: Roni Gross
AP4: Lee Marchalonis
AP5: Sarah Nicholls
AP6: Kyle Triplett
AP7: Harry Segal