Book Artists Take Action: Open House in Special Collections & Archives

The Friends of the Wesleyan Library invite you to view a collection about activist book artists:Image: Strange Fruit by John Risseeuw, 2002

During the open house, the work of activist book artists will be available for browsing in the Davison Rare Book Room.  Among the artists’ books on display will be work connected to the contemporary movements featured in the Davison Art Center exhibition, Artists Take Action (which includes three portfolios from SC&A), as well as related causes. Boom!: a Summary of the Paper Landmine Print Project by John Risseeuw (Tempe, AZ: Cabbagehead Press, c2011) is printed on paper made by the artist from the clothing of landmine victims.  Julie Chen’s Memento (Berkeley, CA: Flying Fish Press, c2012), a tiny book in a locket, is described by the artist as evoking “the fragility of the book and the power of reading.”  Memento is part of the The Al-Mutanabbi Street Coalition, which commemorates and laments the bombing of a street of booksellers in Baghdad on March 5, 2007.  Occupy Your Wallet by Emily Artinian (Wilmington, DE, 2012), is a collection of images from the Occupy movement, each presented in credit card form.

No registration required; for information contact SC&A at (860) 685-3864 or sca[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.

Date: Wednesday, April 17
Time: 4:15-6 p.m.
Place: Davison Rare Book Room inside Olin’s Special Collections & Archives