November 8 — Artist’s book viewing — UVM

Contact: Rebecca Schwarz, rschwarz@champlain.edu

Where and when: UVM Bailey Howe Library, Special Collections Reading Room, 5:30 p.m.

The Past as Present: Making Art from Ephemera

Book artist Maureen Cummins will talk about her career, how it evolved from digging in dumpsters to being a visiting artist in historical research archives, and will show slides from projects based on historical subject matter such as slave narratives, turn-of-the-century homosexual love letters, the Salem Witch trials, and the Triangle Factory Fire. Maureen Cummins is a New York-based artist who has produced over thirty limited edition artist’s books, many of them held by UVM Special Collections.

EXHIBITS
November-December.  The Special Collections exhibit cases will be filled with a selection of books produced for “An Inventory of Al-Mutanabbi Street,” a project that asked artists to replace books lost in 2007 when a car bomb exploded in Baghdad’s al-Mutanabbi Street, the center of the city’s book trade.

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