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Book Exhibition


May 26, 1995 - May 28, 1996

Through the book form, this exhibition explores links between scientific
and artistic creativity. In 1993, the Smithsonian Institution Libraries
and the Washington Project for the Arts invited nationally recognized
book artists to create artist's books based upon the "Heralds of
Science", a group of 200 landmark works in the history of science from
the Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology. The
exhibition consists of 27 "Heralds" volumes, each paired with an
artist's book. Disciplines featured include astronomy, botany,
chemistry, geology, mathematics, medicine, physics, technology, and
zoology. On display are such pivotal works as Denis Diderot's
Encyclopedia, Robert Hooke's Micrographia, and Charles Darwin's On the
Origin of Species. Examples of the artist's books are Sjoerd Hofstra's
pop-up reinterpretation of Euclid's Elements of Geometry and Susan kae
Grant's leaden artist's book about Marie Curie's research. The result is
a surprising dialogue between artist and scientist, and between past and
present perspectives.

The exhibition, "Science and the Artist's Book", shown in two parts,
will open at two locations on May 26, 1995: at the Smithsonian
Institution Libraries Exhibition Gallery in the National Museum of
American History, 10:00 am - 5:30 pm daily (except December 25), and at
the Washington Project for the Arts, 400 Seventh Street, NW, open
Tuesday-Saturday, 11:00 a.m-6:00 p.m. and Sunday, 12:00 noon to 5:00

Beginning May 26, 1995, Part 1 of the exhibition will be on view at the
Smithsonian Institution Libraries Exhibition Gallery through Nov. 3 and
Part 2 of the exhibition will be shown at the Washington Project for the
Arts through September 2. In November, 1995, Part 2 of the show will
replace the first half at the Smithsonian Institution Libraries
Exhibition Gallery.

This exhibition, made possible by the Glen Eagles Foundation and the
Smithsonian's Special Exhibition Fund, is the first collaboration
between the Smithsonian Institution and the Washington Project for the
Arts, a multi-disciplinary non-profit organization whose programs span
the visual, media, literary, performing, and book arts.

Note: The rare original scientific texts will be on view only at the
Smithsonian location. The Washington Project for the Arts will exhibit
models of the original scientific texts.

The co-curators are Carol Barton and Diane Shaw.

List of Participating Artists

Frances Butler (Berkeley, California); John Carrera and Sam Walker
(Cambridge, Massachusetts); Julie Chen (Berkeley, California); M. J.
Connors (New York, New York); Steven C. Daiber (Williamsburg,
Massachusetts); Laura Davidson (Boston, Massachusetts); Judith Mohns and
Francois Deschamps (New Paltz, New York); Timothy C. Ely (Portland,
Oregon); George Gessert (Eugene, Oregon); Susan kae Grant (Dallas,
Texas); Pattie Belle Hastings (Atlanta, Georgia); Geoffrey Hendricks
(New York, New York); Sjoerd Hofstra (Brooklyn, New York); David Horton
(New Milford, New York); Edward Hutchins (Cairo, New York); Daniel E.
Kelm (Easthampton, Massachusetts); Scott L. McCarney (Rochester, New
York); Katherine Ng (Los Angeles, California); JoAnna Poehlmann
(Milwaukee, Wisconsin); Sue Ann Robinson (Long Beach, California); Joyce
Cutler-Shaw (San Diego, California); Laurie Sieverts Snyder (Baltimore,
Maryland); Larry B. Thomas (Atlanta, Georgia); M. L. Van Nice
(Somerville, Massachusetts); Karen M. Wirth (Minneapolis, Minnesota);
John Wood (Baltimore, Maryland); Philip Zimmermann (Barrytown, New

* Diane Shaw, Special Collections Cataloger                   *
* Smithsonian Institution Libraries                           *
* Washington, D.C.  20560    LIBEM055@SIVM.SI.EDU             *
* Phone: 202-357-3161        Fax: 202-786-2443                *

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