Is it Art? Or Is it a Book?
The Dilemma of Artists Books in the 21st Century
Wednesday, April 30, 6-8 p.m. or Saturday, May 3, 2-4 p.m.
Milwaukee Public Library
814 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room
Call the Art, Music and Recreation Department at 414-286-3071 to register.
Books have been in our world for thousands of years, but the 21st century has brought the increasing use of computers to store information. Yet, we still have books and probably always will. Why? Because books offer a totally different experience than computers. Books no longer bear the full burden of information storage, so they are free to become something else. Artists have recognized that potential, and more and more artists are turning to the book as an art form.
Max Yela, Head of Special Collections at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries, will discuss the challenges faced by the artists book, and talk about some of the ways books can function as art, and how artists books are wholly books and fully art.
This is part of the Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room Educational Series.