August 25, 2017

The Book, Embodied

August 21 - September 12, 2017
Flaxman Library Special Collections Exhibition Cases, Sharp Building 5th floor 
Curated by Willa Goettling

Books often exist as relatively autonomous art objects, detached from the bodies who made them. The Book, Embodied explores how artist publications insert or make reference to corporeality - whether through investigations of health and illness, documentation on how the physical body and social stigmatizations of the body have impacted one’s experience within the world, or the creation of a book as a bodily-engaged performance piece.

While engaging with the books in this exhibition viewers are encouraged to consider how artists’ publications, such as zines or artists’ books, create discourse relating to the body. How might independent publishing create space for sharing intimate experiences related to the body, and bolster underrepresented narratives?

A zine made especially for the exhibition will be available in the Special Collections Reading Room. Willa Goettling is a second year MFA student in the Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Arts program at Columbia College. This exhibition marks the culmination of her internship at the Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection at SAIC.