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Of Beauty and Relevance: The Place of Artists' Books in the Liberal Arts Curriculum

From site: Viz

Ruth Rogers, Special Collections Librarian, Wellesley College

Date: Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Time: 8:00 pm

Duration: 1 hour

Location: Boliou 104

Contact: Susan Jaret McKinstry, x4325

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Ruth Rogers Poster




Ruth Rogers, Special Collections Librarian at Wellesley College in Massachusetts, will argue that artists’ books have the power to enlighten and persuade.  Through verbal and visual methods, these special books and book-like objects can enliven the liberal arts curriculum, connecting to disciplines from women’s studies, to race and social justice, to literature and science. 

Artists' books can be satirical, personal, political, lyrical, didactic, poignant and tragic. They are a hybrid medium whose impact relies on concept and form as much as text. Their visual and tactile elements confound our expectations of "book," but artists' books fit easily within the whole range of multi-media communication that is part of our daily lives.

“Of Beauty and Relevance” is sponsored by Viz (Visualizing the Liberal Arts, a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation).  The lecture is part of a series of events held during 2009-10 academic year celebrating the artists’ book as a format for interdisciplinary exchange and creative experimentation. 

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Poster design:  Jonathon Reese, 2010