Artist Books as a Writing Practice: A Visual Lecture with Johanna Drucker

WhenThursday, August 11, 7pm


Price$10 Museum admission (free for PAAM members)

Join us before the lecture at 6:30 for a wine and cheese reception.

Artist books take many forms (altered books, sculptural work, traditional scrolls and codex formats) and draw on many media (calligraphy, letterpress, photography, painting and so on). But artist publications are ways for writers to think about their work formally and structurally. Experiments in typography, layout, illustration and design, and other features of the book’s capacity to produce intertextual play are all present in the work of book artist Johanna Drucker, who has produced more than four dozen books across several decades of work. This lecture looks at the ways writing practice intersects with book arts in her work.

About the speaker

Johanna Drucker is a book artist and writer who began printing books in the early 1970s. She has worked in many media to produce unique and editioned books that are represented in collections in museum and university libraries worldwide. She is widely known for her scholarly and critical work in the history of the book, visual poetry, contemporary art and aesthetics, digital humanities, and graphical forms of knowledge production. Her recent titles include Graphesis (Harvard University Press, 2014) and Diagrammatic Writing (Onomatopée, 2014). She has also collaborated with Susan Bee (Miriam Laufer’s daughter) on several projects, including the recent Fabulas Feminae (Litmus Press, 2015).

The Fredi Schiff Levin Lecture Series

Established in 2003 in honor of the artist Fredi Schiff Levin who was a member of Provincetown’s arts community from the 1960s until her passing in 2002. PAAM gratefully acknowledges John and Toni Levin, and Liz Lovati of Angel Foods who make this program possible with their generous support. FSL lectures are free to members of PAAM or with the cost of Museum admission. A selection of previous lectures can be viewed on our YouTube page.