Monday, January 25, 2010

Artists' Books Talks

The Glasgow School of Art's Archives and Collections Centre is hosting two 20 minute lunchtime talks on the subject of Artists Books in conjunction with Micropages a touring book arts exhibition on show in the Archives and Collections Centre from 1st - 5th February 2010.
Talk 1 (12.00): Abigail Thomas curator of Micropages will give an introduction to the exhibition. Micro-Pages will start a conversation about the issues surrounding the display of artists’ books. A series of selected artists' books has been turned into a reel of microfilm for this touring exhibition. The work will be accessed through microfilm readers in participating libraries and archive centres. The books selected relate to the history of artists’ books, archives and libraries, or challenge the preconceptions of the future of preservation and display. This short talk will explore the themes presented by the Micropages exhibition, which will be available for visitors to look at before / after the talks.
Talk 2 (12.30): Duncan Chappell, Academic Liaison Librarian at GSA will talk about the extensive collection of artists books held at the School. The Glasgow School of Art Library has a superb and comprehensive collection of artists' books, amassed over many years. Housed in the Mackintosh Library, the collection can be consulted during its normal opening hours and features over 2,000 items. Items in the collection come in all kinds of forms: from edible books to calendars, and from multiples to musical books that play a tune. We even have books in the form of moebius strips, or books made from human DNA embedded and fired in porcelain. We continue to actively build the collection today. This short talk by Librarian Duncan Chappell will introduce a wide range of examples, with an opportunity to learn more about the Library’s collection. There will also be an opportunity to browse through the books on display.
Spaces are limited so please contact Susannah Waters (GSA Archivist) at s.waters@gsa.ac.uk if you are interested in attending.