Columbia College Chicago

Experimental Literature & the Intersection with Artists' Books

This curated exhibition highlights the ongoing exploration of writers/artists in the area of experimental literature vis-a-vis artists’ books. JAB24 - The Journal of Artists' Books Fall 2008 - will be launched at the opening on October 3. This issue is titled Experimental Literature and the Intersection with Artists' Books and is edited by Craig Dworkin and Kyle Schlesinger. Rather than focusing specifically on the Beat culture and literature, the curators have chosen to allow contributors to elucidate and interpret the terms "experimental literature" and "artists' books" for themselves. Essays by Alastair Johnston, Susan Vanderborg, Tate Shaw and Chris Burnett are included.

To celebrate the opening of the exhibit and special issue of the Journal of Artists' Books on "Intersections of Experimental Literature and Artists' Books," there will be readings by poets based in the greater Chicago area and whose works exemplify contemporary experimental poetic practice in the tradition fostered by the small press and artists' books. These readings are organized by Patrick Durgin and David Pavelich (please click here for their bios).

October 3, 2008 - January 23, 2009
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, October 3
5:30 – 7:30PM