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'Art of the Book' Lecture at Smithsonian

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Johanna Drucker on
"Iliazd: The Poet Publisher and the Art of the Book"

Tuesday, 25 September 2001, 4:30 pm

Carmichael Auditorium
National Museum of American History, Behring Center
Smithsonian Institution
Washington, D.C.=20

The American Printing History Association (APHA) is pleased to announce =
that  Johanna Drucker, Robertson Professor of Media Studies at the =
University of  Virginia, will deliver the 2001 Lieberman Lecture on 25 =
September at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

Her subject, "Iliazd: The Poet Publisher and the Art of the Book," focuses =
on  Ilia Zdanevich (1894-1975, known as Iliazd), one of the most =
avant-garde figures of the twentieth century. Iliazd's career began in =
late 1910s with the production of typographic works in the context of =
Russian Futurism. His mature publications--issued in Paris from the 1940s =
onward, often in collaboration with such major artists as Ernst, Picasso, =
Miro--combined Modernist sensibility with a unique vision of the livre=20
d'artiste. A poet with a printer's experience, Iliazd asserted the =
of the book as a modern art form with aesthetic capabilities equal to that =
painting or sculpture.

Johanna Drucker has both a scholarly and creative commitment to the book =
as an art form. She began printing her own limited editions in 1972,=20
subsequently producing more than three dozen volumes, many of which=20
experiment with typography and layout. Her scholarship centers on =
representations of language and the history of experimental poetry, the=20
alphabet, and artists' books. She is the author of "Alphabetic Labyrinth: =
Letters in History and Imagination"; "The Century of Artists' Books"; =
"The Visible Word: Experimental Typography and Modern Art, 1909-1923."

The Lieberman lecture, given annually at a different host institution by =
distinguished figure in the history of printing or the book arts,=20
commemorates J. Ben Lieberman (1914-84), founder and first President of =
the American Printing History Association. Past speakers include John =
Randle, Barry Moser, Claire Van Vliet, G. Thomas Tanselle, and Paul =

Free and open to the public, this year's event is co-sponsored by APHA, =
Smithsonian Institution Libraries, and the Center for the Book in the =
of Congress, with the assistance of the Graphic Arts Division of the =
Museum of American History, Behring Center.

The lecture takes place on Tuesday, 25 September, at 4:30 p.m. in the=20
Carmichael Auditorium, located on the ground floor of the National Museum =
of American History, Behring Center, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, =
N.W., Washington, D.C. It will be preceded, from 2:00 to 4:15 p.m., by=20
demonstrations of type founding and 18th- and 19th-century printing =
in the Graphic Arts Exhibition Hall on the Museum's third floor.

For further information please contact the Smithsonian Institution =
Tel. (202) 357-2240; E-mail: libmail@sil.si.edu.

Visit the APHA website at www.printinghistory.org.

Mark Samuels Lasner
Vice President for Programs
American Printing History Associaiton

Savannah R. Schroll
Smithsonian Institution Libraries
NHB 24mz   MRC 154
Washington, D.C. 20560-0154
Tel: (202) 357-1522
Fax: (202) 786-2866
Email: schrolls@sil.si.edu

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