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Exhibition at Penn Library

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      The Friends of the Library of the University of Pennsylvania present
the exhibition,

            "Shape-shifting: Transformations in the Art of the Book"
                        July 8 - August 1, 1998

University of Pennsylvania
Van-Pelt Dietrich Library
Kamin Gallery, First Floor

3420 Walnut Street (enter from Locust Walk)
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6206

call Greg Bear at 215 898 7088
or e-mail him at gbook5@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Gallery Hours: 9 A.M.--5 P.M. Monday through Friday (presentation of a
student or faculty ID or a driver's license is required for entry)

                        About the Exhibition

The major national traveling exhibition "Shape-Shifting: Transformations
in the Art of the Book" will be on view in the Kamin Gallery, Van Pelt-
Dietrich Library, University of Pennsylvania, from July 8-August 1, 1998.

Organized by printer, book artist, and University of Northern Colorado art
professor Margaret Sunday, it features the work of forty-two book artists
from throughout the United States and Canada. The artists represent a
broad range of experience, from those with international reputations to
those just entering graduate school. The exhibit embraces the spectrum of
contemporary investigations of the book as an art form by artists trained
in a variety of disciplines, from the traditional book arts to sculpture
and multimedia. The artists represented in the exhibit re-work the meta-
phors of the book form, including the psychological qualities of the
printed page (interiority, intimacy, interactivity); the meanings with
which books are identified (literacy, preservation, freedom of expres-
sion); and some of the themes explored within the context of books (per-
sonal testimony, politics, mythology, racism, censorship, sexuality, and
technology). The shapes these books assume reflect the current interest in
re-imagining things ancient and in recovering the structures that shaped
our childhood.

The exhibition's curator, Margaret Sunday, describes the making of books
as "taking a guided journey; walking where the landmarks are re-invent-
able; rowing in deep waters that reflect the inside out; following a
ritual way where closure and disclosure might cross or uncross in any arc
or angle. All of this, and there is a map in our hands at the end."

Exhibition Catalogue

A catalogue of the exhibition is available for purchase at $26.50 per copy
and is available exclusively from the exhibition curator (see contact info
below). A sample copy will be on view in the Kamin Gallery. The catalog
contains an essay by the curator, artists' statements, and technical des-
criptions of all 42 books on display. Also available is a slide set that
features 44 slides of works in the exhibition. The slide set includes a
copy of the exhibition catalogue and is available for purchase at $95.00
per set. Proceeds will be used to establish a scholarship fund for stud-
ents in Printmaking and Book Arts at the University of Northern Colorado.
To purchase a catalogue or set of slides please contact the exhibition
curator at the following address:

Margaret Sunday
Department of Visual Arts
University of Northern Colorado
Greeley, CO 80639

Telephone:  970 351 2804

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