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[BKARTS] New Jersey Book Arts Symposium

You are cordially invited to attend the eleventh annual New Jersey Book
Arts Symposium on November 11, 2005: This year's Symposium will look at
"Detrital Books and Detritavores."

As we have done for the last ten years, the Symposium will be held at the
John Cotton Dana Library, Rutgers-Newark, in Newark, NJ, on November 11,
2005. Please note that the program will begin with the Book Artists Jam
(customarily scheduled for afternoon) at which time of course attendees
will be able to shop their own work around and admire, envy, critique and
purchase the work of others.

Presentations by four artists whose bookworks involve castaway or
discarded materials, will be introduced by two brief discussions of the
aesthetic and philosophical ideas underlying the production of fine art
from de-commodified/re-racinated material. Lois Morrison (artist, program
chair, and popularizer of the term "detritavore") will talk about how
detritavoria entered her life, and Judith Hoffberg (distinguished scholar
and curator), will discuss the relationship(s) between bookart and

William J. Dane will then exhibit and narrate detrital books in the
special collections of the Newark Public Library, in a brief talk entitled
"Books the Newark Public Library Just Can't Throw Away,"  and he will
introduce the day's featured artists, whose presentations bridge the
morning and afternoon parts of the program.

This year's artist presenters will be:

Sally Willowbee
Amanda Thackray
Zoe Darling
Judy Hoffman

Following the presentations, Michael Joseph will attempt to sum up and
invite attendees to make announcements pertinent to the field of book arts
and bookworks (to use Richard Minsky's preferred term).

The day's events will conclude in a frothy opening of the exhibition of
bookart and bookworks entitled, DETRITAVORES, which is curated by Karen

For those who want to know more about the Detrital Books and Detritavores,
there is a website to peruse, at
http://www.libraries.rutgers.edu/rulib/spcol/bookarts/symp11.html Those
who desire to register at once may call 973-353-5223. Registration is $30
for general admission; Rutgers faculty and staff: $15. Students are
admitted free (yes, free), but must register in advance. The cost of
admission includes a fine lunch at Stansby Hall.


Michael Joseph
Rutgers University Libraries
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
169 College Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

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