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Bookworks
Tisch and Koppelman Galleries
August 22 – December 15, 2019
Thursday September 5, 6-8pm, Opening Reception

Bookworks presents a wide-ranging look into the contemporary practice of artist-made books. Borrowing its title from Ulises Carrión, author of the seminal 1975 manifesto The New Art of Making Books, Bookworks examines books and book-making as a distinctive form of artwork that has found new footing in the digitally-marked 21st century. The exhibition highlights key projects from the 1960s to now, punctuated by select early modern material. Through four main themes—materiality, sequencing, communication, and gathering—Bookworks traces an arc from the singular book-object to the form as a collective space.  The exhibition features artists’ books in the collection of Tufts University’s libraries at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts and at Tisch Library and includes work by Jen Bervin, Carolina Caycedo, Paul Chan, Julie Chen, Steffani Jemison and Jamal Cyrus, Angela Lorenz, LTTR, Heidi Neilson, Dieter Roth, Klaus Scherübel, Taryn Simon, Dayanita Singh, and Slavs and Tartars, among others.

Bookworks is organized by Dina Deitsch, Director and Chief Curator with Chiara Pidatella, Research Curator, and Graduate Fellows Emily Chun, AG20 and Kevin Vogelaar, AG20.