Fridays, April 26, May 3 & 10, 1:30 – 4:00 PM
$100 non-members $90 members
Have you ever paged through Matisse’s Jazz, or perused the Nuremberg Chronicle? Have you heard that Smith College has an amazing rare book collection, but never had the chance to explore it? Join us for this free-wheeling tour of artists books, their ancestors and distant relatives, from ancient cuneiforms to digital hybrids. Each session centers on a theme–Bodies; Dreams & Nightmares; and Words & Form–which is broad enough to encompass medieval manuscripts, early medical engravings, celestial atlases, William Blake, Japanese woodcut books, Kara Walker’s pop-ups and a wonderful range of contemporary artists books. Our exploration will be geared to the general viewer, with special attention to questions relevant to book artists, including: How can form and content interact? How can the book engage the viewer’s senses? How can materials influence meaning? This seminar is all about looking and engaging with books, there will not be any instruction in book making.
This class will meet in the Mortimer Rare Book Room at Smith College, Northampton. Directions will be provided upon registration. Limited to 8 participants.