Fakes, Lies, and Forgeries, is an exhibition which features highlights from the Arthur and Janet Freeman Bibliotheca Fictiva Collection, the world’s most comprehensive collection of rare books and manuscripts on the history of forgery in the West. With more than 1,700 items, the collection touches on some of the greatest theological disputes in Western history, including preposterous claims of universal papal authority, audacious medieval land grabs and efforts to rewrite the history of the world back to Noah and the Flood. Splice created a visual identity to tie together the various components of the project, including three-dimensional banners, as below.
The 70 items on display explore the phenomenon of forgery as a creative, as well as destructive literary form, and illustrate the tricks of the forger’s trade—and some of its most disastrous consequences—through materials that range from biblical and Greco-Roman antiquity up to the early decades of the 20th century. Splice also designed the overall graphic treatment, including wall panels and object labels.
Splice also created the opening invitation for the Sheridan Libraries exhibition Fakes, Lies, & Forgeries.
Art Director | Designer: Cathy Schaefer