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Dripping with Color: The Art of the Fruit Crate Label

April 9, 2008-September 15, 2010


Marilynn Gelfman Karp and Ivan C. Karp’s donation of 238 vintage fruit crate labels from the 1870s to the 1950s provided the seed for the exhibition. When this food-marketing device was in its hey-day, produce growers used fabulous labels to call attention to their products that were distributed in identical crates. More than just an art show, "Dripping with Color" put the labels into historical context with background information on the growers, the lithographers, crate technology and design and also a look at some of the instruments used to hand-pick the fruit in the fields.