Artists’ Books on Display at Fine Arts

Artist's book from the Fine Arts Library

Event: “Experiencing Artists' Books,” exhibit and discussion with Allison Myers (Art History PhD candidate and 2016-2017 VAC Curatorial Fellow), Jason Urban (Artist and Studio Art Faculty), Lindsay Starr (Cattywampus Press), and Claudia Zapata (Puro Chingón Collective). This event is free and open to the public.

When: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 7, 2017.

Where: Fine Arts Library (DFA 3.200) at The University of Texas at Austin.

Background:The Fine Arts Library contains over 200 artists’ books, exemplifying different binding techniques, materials, sculptural forms and conceptual approaches, with the FAL holding titles by such recognizable artists as Damien HirstRichard Prince and Ed Ruscha. Some of the books in the collection push the boundaries of reading by engaging with other senses such as smell, touch and taste.

The Experiencing Artists’ Books event will present attendees an opportunity to smell, touch, taste and hear some of these unique volumes. This event is associated programming for the new Visual Arts Center (VAC) exhibition Fool’s Romance / Books from Aeromoto curated by Allison Myers, Art History PhD candidate and 2016-2017 VAC Curatorial Fellow. Myers will lead a dialogue between local artists and bookmakers including Jason Urban, Artist and Studio Art Faculty, and Lindsay Starr from Cattywampus Press. After our dialogue, audience members will have the opportunity to engage with the unusual books in our collection.

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