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[BKARTS] "Ravaged With Joy: Book Art in America, 1960 to 1980" Friday, Oct. 13, at 4 p.m., Syracuse University Library

Betty Bright, an independent historian and curator, will give a talk
titled "Ravaged With Joy: Book Art in America, 1960 to 1980" Friday, Oct.
13, at 4 p.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons on the first floor of
E.S. Bird Library.

Bright will trace the origins of today's artist's book to the artistic and
social tumult of the period from 1960-80, as well as discuss key works and
larger societal influences that helped to shape book art. She will also
consider the challenges of writing and reading about the history of this
most interdisciplinary of art forms.

Betty Bright is an independent scholar, curator, and teacher. She received
her Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Minnesota. She is the
author of the important critical work "No Longer Innocent: Book Art in
America 1960-1980." (Granary Books, 2005). She helped to start the
Minnesota Center for Book Arts, one of the leading book arts centers in
the nation, working there for nine years as program director and curator
of more than 50 exhibitions, several of which toured nationally with

In "No Longer Innocent," Bright begins by identifying three distinct kinds
of the artist's book, at least in its early manifestations: the fine press
book, the deluxe book, and the bookwork. The book identifies European
precursors of these kinds of artists. books, then quickly moves to America
with the development of artists and books and non-profit organizations.
New York plays a central role as the home of key artists and of
organizations such as (in New York City) the Center for Book Arts,
Franklin Furnace, Printed Matter, and the libraries at the Museum of
Modern Art and the Whitney Museum, as well as (outside of the City) Visual
Studies Workshop Press in Rochester. No Longer Innocent encompasses all
corners of America, however, including Chicago and Iowa City, Atlanta and
Miami, San Francisco and Los Angeles. The history demonstrates how the
book form affected art movements sympathetic to its properties and
potential, as a site and source of art-making.

The History of the Book Seminar Series at Syracuse University is sponsored
by the University Library, the School of Information Studies, The College
of Arts and Sciences' Dean's Office and the following A&S departments:
Anthropology; English; History; Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics;
Philosophy; and Religion.

This History of the Book lecture is free and open to the public. Visitor
parking is available in the Marion lot on Waverly Avenue. Directions can
be found at

For further information, please contact Mary Beth Hinton at 443-2130

Peter D. Verheyen
Preservation & Digital Access Librarian
Special Collections Research Center
Syracuse University Library
Syracuse, NY 13244

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