Cornell University

Books as Messages: Messages across a Long Century

Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 4:30pm to 5:30pm

Goldwin Smith Hall, Hollis E. Cornell Auditorium
232 East Ave, Central Campus

Join us for a lively discussion with Johanna Drucker, one of the nation’s experts on the art of the book. Professor Drucker will talk about how contemporary artists’ books serve as a means of “messaging” and how artistic precedents and modern culture shape the politics and aesthetics of artists’ books today.

Although the codex book has functioned as an instrument of political struggle and aesthetic argument for much of its existence, artists and writers in the modern era began engaging with books specifically as potential agents of change. This lecture will offer an illustrated look at this fascinating transformation, and provide an introduction to the Library’s new exhibition Wake the Form: Artists’ Books in Context, on view in the Carl A. Kroch Library’s Hirshland Gallery. Following the lecture will be an opening reception and viewing of the exhibition.

Johanna Drucker is the inaugural Breslauer Professor of Bibliographical Studies in the Department of Information Studies at UCLA. She is internationally known for her work in the history of graphic design, typography, experimental poetry, fine art, and digital humanities.

These events are hosted by Cornell Library's Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections. 

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Cornell University Library, Johnson Museum of Art, Fine Arts Library, Kroch Library


cascal, art, reunion, culture, history, Cornell University Library, CUL, rare manuscripts, RMC


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(607) 255-3530


Johanna Drucker

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Information Studies, UCLA

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