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[BKARTS] Performing the Book in California



Performing the Book
Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery
Scripps College, Claremont, California
August 30-October 12, 2008

This Fall, Scripps College Assistant Professor of Art and Director of the Scripps College Press Kitty Maryatt curates a display of contemporary artists’ books by 12 artists at the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery at Scripps College. Included in the show are “slyly straightforward, verbally rich tomes, architectural and archaeological constructions, books with painterly calligraphic gestures, alphabetic type explosions, and colorful puppetry,” says Maryatt. Made from materials as diverse as carved bone, gilt leather, and tar paper, the works “hang, stand, twist and shout.” Each piece is the production of an individual artist or a creative team, and they are staged collectively at the Gallery for viewers’ interpretation and participation. Individual works act out the concept of the book. Together they offer an innovative presentation of the traditionally literary medium. And, as Maryatt proclaims, “The exhibit asks the viewer to participate in performing each book.”

This exhibition marks the first show of artists’ books at the Williamson Gallery. Scripps College has a large collection of artists’ books, which are kept and displayed in the Rare Book Room at Ella Strong Denison Library. A connoisseur of artists’ books, Maryatt has cultivated the College’s collection in cooperation with Judy Harvey Sahak, Denison’s Librarian. Every semester, she teaches a course on typography, bookmaking, and artists’ books, and a Fall semester Core III course in the History of the Book, in addition to and as a part of operating Scripps College Press. With this exhibition Maryatt shares her knowledge of and passion for the art form.

The international cast of artists includes Harriet Bart, Robert Bringhurst, Johanna Drucker, Leslie Enders Lee, Don Glaister, Ron King, Shanna Leino, Suzanne Moore, Werner Pfeiffer, Susan Share, Genie Shenk, and Sam Winston.

On September 13 at 3:30 pm, participating artist Susan Share will deliver the Frederic W. Goudy Lecture at the Humanities Auditorium at Scripps College. Following the lecture, beginning at 5 pm, there will be an opening reception in the Gallery, to include a live performance by Share at 6:15 pm. Both events are free and open to the public.

On Sunday, September 14, Share will lead a workshop on making books for performance. There is a $95 participation fee for the day-long event, which is scheduled to begin at 9:30 am at the Scripps College Press, Room 100 in the Lang Arts Building.

For further information, contact
Kirk Delman, Williamson Gallery at (909) 607.3379
Kitty Maryatt, Scripps College Press at (909) 607.3866
Email: kmaryatt@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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