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[BKARTS] Lecture on Sharon Gilbert, Yale Library, New Haven, CT, Sept. 20

Please join us on Thursday, September 20, at 1pm in the SML Lecture Hall
for a talk by guest curator Courtney J. Martin on her exhibit
"Poison America: Sharon Gilbert Bookworks"
currently on display in the Arts of the Book Collection reading room.

Born in 1944, Sharon Gilbert engaged with 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 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 production engaged a variety of aesthetic strategies, most notably, repetition and collage. Gilbert's frequent use of the photo-copy 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 her works, presents a selection of her books from the late 1970s to the present. Included with Gilbert's artists' books are other artists' books that are in aesthetic, media, or contextual dialogue with hers. These include her contemporary Dona Ann McAdams, her 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 Martin, available on the AOB 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, in New York at the Nathan Cummings Foundation. The C-Series traveled to the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, England (2005); Neon Campobase in Milan, Italy (2006); and the Liverpool Biennial (2006). In 2004, she co-curated, an exhibition of abstract art, Sunrise/Sunset at Smack Mellon in Brooklyn, New York. Currently, she is completing a doctorate on late twentieth century British art at Yale University. Prior to her arrival at Yale, she 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.

Please join us after the lecture for a coffee break. In sympathy with the artist's environmental concerns, the reception following the lecture will feature organic and sustainable food and drink from the Yale Sustainable Food Project.

The lecture, reception, and exhibition are free and open to the public. Reading room hours are Monday through Thursday from 10am to 12noon & 1pm to 4pm. The exhibition will be on display through September 27.

Jae Jennifer Rossman Special Collections Librarian, Arts Library Yale University Library PO Box 208240 New Haven CT 06520-8240 USA (203) 432-1712 (203) 432-0549 (fax) http://www.library.yale.edu/art/

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