Artist’s Books: Challenging Norms & Forms

Special Collections and University Archives at the University of Tulsa McFarlin Library is pleased to announce our new Winter 2019 exhibit, Artist’s Books: Challenging Norms & Forms.

Artist’s books are works that challenge the traditional idea of what a book is. Frequently they lack a spine, words, or a strict narrative. Their physical format can often be interactive and part of the “story” or information the artist wanted their audience to engage with.

Special Collections has a wonderful set of artist’s books that range from fine art press books with painted illustrations to unusual objects like a red high heel shoe sliced in half with an accordion book added to the middle. We also have sculptural items like miniature altars, a Mobius strip, and a piece that requires looking into a mirror to fully experience.

We’ve chosen to present 24 of our favorite artist’s books in the Special Collections Reading Room on the 5th floor of McFarlin Library. The exhibit is open to everyone, Monday – Friday, 8am to 4:30pm.

About Melissa Kunz

Melissa Kunz is a Special Collections Librarian. She holds a Masters in Library and Information Studies and a J.D. from the University of Oklahoma, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Hendrix College in Arkansas.
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