Columbia College Chicago


DRUCKWORKS: 40 Years of Books and Projects by Johanna Drucker
September 6–December 7, 2012

Johanna Drucker printed her first letterpress book in 1972 and has been active as an writer, typographic poet, and scholar-critic ever since. While widely known for her contributions to contemporary art theory and history, she is also a prolific creative artist with more than four dozen artist's books to her credit. Her writings have helped shape the field of artists' books, visual poetics, and digital aesthetics in dialogue with the arts and critical issues. This comprehensive retrospective exhibits her books, graphic art, and visual projects.

A full length catalog features commentary and essays by over twenty critics, scholars and artists including Jerome McGann, Marjorie Perloff, Susan Bee, Emily McVarish, Brad Freeman, Kyle Schlesinger, Craig Dworkin, and others. Purchase on Amazon

Additional Venues
Denison Museum, Denison University, February 8–May 11, 2013
San Francisco Center for the Book, May–August, 2013
University of Maryland at Baltimore County Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery, September 16–December 16, 2013
Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester NY, January 2014


Vélez, Pedro, NewCity, December 18, 2012 
Westin, Monica. NewCity, November 20, 2012
Bad at Sports, Episode 371: Johanna Drucker, October 8, 2012 




Exhibition Opening Reception


About Johanna Drucker
Johanna Drucker is the Breslauer Professor of Bibliographical Studies in the Department of Information Studies at UCLA. She is internationally known for her work in the history of graphic design, typography, experimental poetry, fine art, and digital humanities. In addition, she has a reputation as a book artist, and her limited edition works are in special collections and libraries worldwide. Her most recent titles include SpecLab: Digital Aesthetics and Speculative Computing (Chicago, 2009), and Graphic Design History: A Critical Guide (Pearson, 2008). She is currently working on a database memoire, ALL, the online Museum of Writing in collaboration with University College London and King's College, and a letterpress project titled Stochastic Poetics. 


Gallery Hours
Monday - Friday:
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., 
Saturdays: noon - 4:00 p.m. 

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education packets for each exhibition are available 
upon request. 

You can also visit the gallery any night during a scheduled event. Click here for directions. 

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