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[BKARTS] Exhibition in the Arts of the Book Collection at Yale University

Poison America: Sharon Gilbert Bookworks
An Exhibition in the Arts of the Book Collection
Sterling Memorial Library, Yale University
June 4 - September 27, 2007
Guest Curated by Courtney J. Martin

An exhibition examining Sharon Gilbert?s career as an artist is on display in the Arts of the Book Collection in Yale University?s Sterling Memorial Library. Born in 1944, Gilbert has engaged many of the most pressing social and cultural currents of her time. As a child of both the Cold War and the civic upheavals of the 1960s in America, she has used the medium of artists? books to tackle national anxieties ranging from nuclear waste to sexism to the American workday. Often executed with textual wit and visual puns, her productions engage a variety of aesthetic strategies, most notably repetition and collage. Gilbert?s frequent use of the photocopy machine was both innovative and effective, a demonstration of her interest in mechanization and her skill in moving between forms of graphic media. Poison America, a title taken from one of her works, presents a selection of Gilbert?s books from the late 1970s to the present. Included with Gilbert?s work are other artists? books that are in aesthetic, media, or contextual dialogue with hers. These include Dona Ann McAdams, her contemporary colleague in the political art collective Political Art Documentation & Distribution Archive (PAD/D), and other copy-art artists Mariona Barkus, Louise Neaderland, and John Wood. In addition to the bookworks on display, the exhibition features an essay by guest curator Courtney J. Martin available on the Arts of the Book Collection web site:


Courtney J. Martin is an art historian and a curator. Most recently she curated an exhibition of artists? books, the C-Series: Artists? Books and Collective Action, at the Nathan Cummings Foundation in New York. The C-Series traveled to the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, England (2005); Neon Campobase in Milan (2006); and the Liverpool Biennial (2006). In 2004 she co-curated an exhibition of abstract art, Sunrise/Sunset, at Smack Mellon in Brooklyn. Her writings include ?The Twentieth-Century Dandy as Cultural Provocateur: Yinka Shonibare, MBE and the Diary of A Victorian Dandy,? included in the edited volume Black British Aesthetics Today (2007); ??Sight Was Regulated, Shapes Were Continually Re-fashioned?: Alia Syed?s Eating Grass? at the Biennale of Sydney (2006); and ?The Re-selection of Ancestors: Abstraction in the Second Generation,? in Energy/Experimentation: Black Artists and Abstraction, 1964?1980, published by the Studio Museum in Harlem (2006). She has collaborated on several artists? projects including I Wish it Were True (2006) at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning. She is currently completing a doctorate on late twentieth-century British art at Yale University. Prior to her arrival at Yale, Martin was the Interim Head Curator at the Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum and worked in the media, arts, and culture unit of the Ford Foundation in New York. She has written for several publications, including Artforum, Flashart, Frieze, and NKA.

The exhibition will run until September 27, 2007. Please join us in September 2007 for a lecture by Courtney J. Martin. Consult the Arts of the Book Collection website in the coming weeks for the date and time.


Contacts: Geoffrey Little, 203-432-8061 | Arts of the Book Collection, 203-432-1712
Location: Arts of the Book Collection, First Floor, Sterling Memorial Library
120 High Street, New Haven, CT
Admission: Free and open to the public
Hours: Now through September 5, 2007: Monday-Friday 1-4pm
September 6-27, 2007: Monday-Thursday 10am-12pm & 1pm-4pm
Website: <http://www.library.yale.edu/aob/>http://www.library.yale.edu/aob/
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Geoffrey Little Communications Coordinator Yale University Library

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