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[BKARTS] New Jersey Book Arts Symposium

Notwithstanding some concern that last year's exhibition of one-of-a-kind crotch prints might put us out of business, I'm pleased to announce that on Friday, Nov. 7, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, will be holdings its 14th annual NJ Book Arts Symposium: RESISTANCE! 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).

Resistance! will encourage attendees to bookishly consider (bibliosophicize) the relationship between The Book and various concepts signified by the term "resistance." In addition to the obvious notion of socio-political resistance to an occupying force or hegemonic political narrative, the term is also used to signify unconscious resistance to the creative process, the resist, and resistance (intractability) of materials, cultural resistance or a general indisposition toward change, resistance to pain and disease, resistance to seduction, persuasion, or good advice, resistance to conventionalized ideas of beauty and truth, resistance to exclusionary ideologies, artistic resistance to influence, to inertia & to trite or hackneyed clichés, creative resistance to being entirely understood, the interpretive resistance to art.

The Symposium discussions will exclusively be focused by New Jersey book artists talking about their work and its relationship to the polysemous term resistance: This year's artists will be: TOMIE ARAI, activist/artist/philosopher/poet/historian, printmaker, installation artist, and public artist; MAUREEN CUMMINS, Founder and proprietor of a The Inanna Press; ASHA GONPAT, Co-curator of The Red Saw Gallery, in Newark, NJ; CURLEE HOLTON, professor of art at Lafayette and director of its Experimental Printmaking Institute; MARGO HUMPHREY, professor in the Department of Art a the University of Maryland, and former visiting professor at Yaba Technological Institute of Fine Art, Ekoi Island, Nigeria, the University of Benin, Benin, Nigeria, The Margaret Trowell School of Fine Art, Kampala, Uganda, and The National Gallery of Art, Fine Art School, Harare, Zimbabwe in South Africa; and ZOE SHEEHAN SALDANA, Assistant Professor of Art at Baruch College. WILLIAM J. DANE will perform introductions and a brief show-and-tell of books at The Newark Public Library. JUDITH K. BRODSKY, founding director of The Judith K. and David J. Brodsky Center for Print and Paper at Mason Gross will be respondent.

Resistance! will be accompanied by an exhibition: this year's curator will be AMANDA THACKRAY, co-curator of "The Information is Not Knowledge Project," and curator of last year's exhibition, "Corporeality."

JARED ASH, Librarian, Special Collections Division, will conduct a lunchtime tour of "More than Words: Artists' Books and Book Art from the Special Collections of the Newark Public Library."

In the Main Floor Gallery there will be a small exhibit, curated by KAREN GUANCIONE, the Symposium's Artistic Director, featuring unique works created to honor the Symposium's good friend, Lynn S. Mullins, on her retirement as Dana Director. Lynn Mullins, This is Your Book contains over forty original artworks by many of the artists and friends of the New Jersey Book Arts Symposium, including works by Clare Romano, John Ross, Ilse-Schreiber Noll, Beatrice Coron, Barbara Henry.

As in the past, the Symposium features an extended opportunity for attendees to show, sell or trade their own print, paper and bibliographic creations at the Book Artists Jam. This year, we are holding The Jam in the morning, immediately following registration and coffee: so all attendees interested in participating are encouraged to arrive early.

Badges will once again be beautifully hand-calligraphed by the Symposium Scribe, ANNA PINTO. MARCIA WILSON will be our Artist-in-Residence.

For more information on directions or parking, please contact (973) 353-5222 or email MICHAEL JOSEPH (mjoseph@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx), Director, New Jersey Book Arts Symposium. For those of you on Facebook, please see our Facebook page at: New Jersey Book Arts Symposium.


Michael Joseph Rutgers University Libraries Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey 169 College Avenue New Brunswick, NJ 08901

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