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[BKARTS] Book as Body, Body as Book

I'm pleased to announce that this coming Friday, Nov. 2, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, will be holdings its 13th annual NJ Book Arts Symposium, "Book as Body, Body as Book." This full-day event will be held at the John Cotton Dana Library, on the Rutgers Newark campus (wherein are many fine bookworks and works of book art on permanent display by John DePol, Anna Pinto, Barbara Henry, Suellen Glashausser, Stella Waitzkin, and others).

The morning program begins with a discussion on the Symposium theme, focused by panelists Carol Armstrong (Photographer, Writer, Professor of the History of Art at Yale University); Rachel Hadas (Poet, Board of Governors Professor of English, Rutgers-Newark); Mireya Pérez Bustillo (Poet, Associate Professor, Spanish, Modern and Classical Languages Department, College of New Rochelle); Buzz Spector; (Artist and Professor, Cornell University Department of Art). The panel is moderated by Judith K. Brodsky (Moderator) (Artist, Founder of The Brodsky Center for Print and Paper).

Following the discussion (in which as usual all guests are encouraged to participate), The artists collective Books in Black will present a group performance celebrating, as described by Ruth Edwards "parts of the female body." (represented by a 7 foot woman constituted by interdependent bookworks):

Hair & Ears - Sandra Oei
Eyebrows - Oneal Abel
Eyes - Jamil Abdul-Azim
Nose - Greg Christie
Lips - Brenda Falus
Neck - Gail Beckford
Tits - Ruth E. Edwards
Heart - Cleo Jarvis
Stomach - Zawadi
Hands - Harriette Washington-Williams
Hips - Katrina Jeffries
Buttocks - Irene M. Mays
Vagina - Paula Holland
Thighs - Phyllis Bowdwin
Knees - Yvonne Lamar-Rogers
Legs & Ankles  - Francine Davis
Feet - Cheryl Shackelton Hawkins

Before going to lunch, guests will be able to make brief announcements about art and book events of note, including openings, closings, publications, cfps, conferences, deaths, etc.

During lunch, which is included in the cost of attendance (still cheap at $30), there will be a lunchtime seminar ar which Esther K. Smith will do a show and tell of her soon-to-be-released book "How to Make Books: Fold, Cut & Stitch Your Way to a One-of-a-Kind Book" (2007 Potter Craft).

The afternoon program begins sharply at 2:00 with a presentation by four significant New Jersey book artists: VALERIE HAMMOND (artist, printmaker, teacher at Columbia University), CLARISSA SLIGH (artist/photographer, teacher at School of Visual Arts), ANNE MCKEOWN (artist, master papermaker, The Brodsky Center, Rutgers University), and CATHERINE LECLEIRE (artist, teacher at Montclair State and Pratt Institute). William J. Dane, will perform introductions and a brief show-and-tell of body books at The Newark Public Library.

Following a coffee break, the afternoon will conclude with the traditional book artists jam (at which guests may show off and discuss their own book work at tables provided for that purpose), and an opening of the exhibition "Corporeality," curated by the artist and printmaker, Amanda Thackray. In addition to exhibiting works by the conference participants, "Corporeality" will include works by Aileen Bassis, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Eileen Biano, Jen Carpenter, Patricia Dahlman, Evonne Davis, Steven Dressler, Bethany Fancher, Asha Ganpat, Stephanie Garceau, Karen Guancione, Chris George, Jaz Graf, Eve Ingalls, Mary Jeys, Don Kennell, Key Kenny, Ronna Lebo, Melissa MacAlpin, Lorenzo Pace, Anna Pinto, James Prez, Sarah Sharp, Kiki Smith, Nyugen E. Smith, Stephanie Werthman and Marcia Sandmeyer Wilson.

Badges will once again be beautifully hand-calligraphed by the Symposium Scribe, Anna Pinto.

Because of the limited seating in the Dana Room, all interested are advised to act.

The Web site for "Book as Body, Body as Book is located at http://www.libraries.rutgers.edu/rulib/spcol/bookarts/symp13.html.


Michael Joseph

Michael Joseph
Rutgers University Libraries
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
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New Brunswick, NJ 08901

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