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[BKARTS] Reminder: Ravaged With Joy: Book Art in America, 1960 to 1980" - A lecture by Betty Bright, Oct. 13



Betty Bright, an independent historian and curator, will give a talk
titled "Ravaged With Joy: Book Art in America, 1960 to 1980" on Friday,
Oct. 13, at 4 p.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons on the first
floor of Syracuse University's 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
catalogs. 
 
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
(http://library.syr.edu/information/spcollections/contact.htm#directions).
 
For further information, please contact Mary Beth Hinton at 443-2130
mbhinton@xxxxxxx

 
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Peter D. Verheyen
Preservation & Digital Access Librarian
Special Collections Research Center
Syracuse University Library
Syracuse, NY 13244
315.443.9756
<pdverhey@xxxxxxx>
<http://scrc.syr.edu>

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