At the Center and at the Edge: The Contemporary Artist's Book

Thursday, October 23, 2008, 12:30 p.m.

Education Classroom B, mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building

Art in the Long View at Lunchtime
In conversation with artists and MoMA Lecturers, explore long-term, process-based art and its impact on the experience of art. While many artists establish concrete goals, the processes we are interested in examining may span the lifetime of the artist, require ongoing participation or discussion, and be linked more to research and exploration than to a pre-established plan. Bring your lunch and discover how these challenges to the constraints of time and the expectations of final product and finality force viewers and participants to reconsider the role of art in society. This series serves as an incubator of ideas in advance of our upcoming Contemporary Art Forum on May 2 and 3.

The artist's book has long served as a form that merges, seamlessly or not so seamlessly, elements of image, text, and design. There has been a veritable explosion of artists' books in the last fifteen years, perhaps as a reaction to the oft-repeated claim that the book is a doomed form in the digital age. This lecture offers a survey of recent artists' books, including work by Richard Minsky (U.S.), Mindy Belloff (U.S.), Ron King (U.K.) and Ken Campbell (U.K.), and investigates the multiple possibilities (and personalities) of a surprisingly vital mode of expression.

Lecturer Richard Turnbull (Ph.D., Institute of Fine Arts, New York University) is Chair of the Department of Art History at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and is a longtime lecturer at both The Museum of Modern Art and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Tickets are free but required and can be acquired on a first-come first-served basis online or at the information desk, the Film desk after 4:00 p.m., or at the Education and Research Building reception desk on the day of the program.

To pick up tickets acquired online, proceed to the Education and Research Building reception desk at 4 West 54 Street beginning at noon on the day of the program.