Fall exhibition at SU Library: ‘Just One Word: Plastics’
The opening and reception for Syracuse University Library’s fall exhibition, “Just One Word: Plastics” will be held in the Special Collections Research Center Gallery, sixth floor, Bird Library on Thursday, Sept. 15, from 5-7 p.m. The exhibit will run from Sept. 12-Jan. 20, 2012.
For more than a century, plastics have transformed our lives—from bathroom to battlefield; from supermarket to spacecraft. Begun as a 19th-century replacement material for billiard balls and piano keys, plastics spurred 20th century developments in industry, transportation, medicine, entertainment and other aspects of contemporary life. The original objects of “Just One Word: Plastics” represent a material history of the modern world.
This exhibition features a representative sample of the Plastics Collection at the Syracuse University Library and presents an overview of major trends in the development of plastics in everyday life. The exhibit focuses on personal and household objects rather than the wide use of plastics in industry. Approximately 250 objects divided into 12 categories will be on view. In addition, a small selection of manuscripts and printed materials will be included.