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Druckworks: 40 Years of Books and Projects by Johanna Drucker

Damaged_SpringVisual Arts
Monday, September 16 – Monday, December 16
Druckworks: 40 Years of Books and Projects by Johanna Drucker
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

Artist, writer, typographic poet and scholar-critic Johanna Drucker is widely known for her contributions to contemporary art theory and history, as well as her prolific output as a creative artist. Throughout her career she has helped shape the field of artists’ books, visual poetics, and digital aesthetics in dialogue with the arts and critical issues. Druckworks, a retrospective exhibition, is the first comprehensive presentation of Drucker’s books, graphic art and visual projects, and reveals key insights into the artist’s development over the course of four decades.

Drucker is an author, book artist, visual theorist, and cultural critic. Her scholarly writing documents and critiques visual language: letterforms, typography, visual poetry, art and, lately, digital aesthetics. Drucker is internationally renowned for her book art, which touches on a variety of themes, especially “the exploration of the conventions of narrative prose and the devices by which it orders, sequences, and manipulates events according to its own logic” as well as “the use of experimental typography to expand the possibilities of prose beyond the linear format of traditional presentation.”

Her work has been exhibited at universities, libraries, galleries, and museums throughout the world, including Museum of Arts and Design, Cooper-Hewitt Museum, National Museum of Women in the Arts, New York Public Library, Yale University, Columbia University, Harvard University, Art Institute of Chicago, University of the Arts (Philadelphia), and Parsons School of Design.

Drucker is currently the Martin and Bernard Breslauer Professor in the Department of Information Studies at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA.

Tuesday, October 22 | 6:00 p.m.
Artist Talk with Johanna Drucker
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

Artist of the featured exhibition, Druckworks: 40 Years of Books and Projects by Johanna Drucker, discusses her work and her career over the course of 40 years.

This exhibition is organized by the Center for Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago.

The Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 10 am to 5 pm, on Thursday until 8 pm, and Saturday and Sunday 1 – 5 pm.  Admission is free. For more information call 410-455-2270.

Image: Johanna Drucker, Damaged Spring, 2003, laser print, collage, and linoleum cuts, case bound in paper covered boards, Druckwerk, 40 copies.

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