On view from June 7th to August 21st.
This exhibition examines the book as a sculptural art object and the many forms of art expression found in printed matter. Recognizing the uniqueness of books through their drawings and design, this exhibition seeks to address the accessibility of publications, the “specialness” of a rare art book, the myriad ways that illustration interprets words, and the history of education through visual imagery.
Looking first to illuminated manuscripts, art forms in books create ways of learning through visual symbolism and storytelling for instruction to the masses. Through time, books are tied closely with artists as covers and illustrations are created to further the information they hold. The development of printing presses offers the rare ability to mass-produce and widely disseminate art. Art becomes less about the value and more about content, becoming democratic in form and accessible to all.
The exhibition is curated by the Center’s Curator of Exhibitions Meaghan Kent. Kent will partner with several South Florida artists, workshops, and organizations to fill the space with unique artist’s books and covers, antique printing presses, as well as creating a special resource section of the Center’s library with local Florida artists. The galleries will become an active and engaging space where visitors will have opportunities to read through publications, make their own artist books and zines, and learn about the various processes of printmaking.