Book + Art: Artists' books from the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture

Form + Function

The books displayed here do not necessarily share thematic concerns; rather, they collectively demonstrate the innovative, sculptural forms that artists’ books may take.  These pieces radically challenge our conception of the book form and the narratives it contains.

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Grandmaclock. Liz Zanis. Women&#039;s Studio Workshop, 2004.<br /><br />
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This sculptural and diminutive interpretation of the book form, is a dedication to the artists&#039; Grandmother and retells a family anecdote regarding the clock.

Grandmaclock

Grandmaclock

Liz Zanis. Women's Studio Workshop, 2004.

This sculptural and diminutive interpretation of the book form, is a dedication to the artists' Grandmother and retells a family anecdote regarding the clock.

R + J: the txt msg edition. Elizabeth Pendergrass. J. Hastings, 2006. <br /><br />
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A retelling of the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet scripted entirely in the language of text message, as interpreted by the artist&#039;s teenage granddaughter.

R + J: the txt msg edition

R + J: the txt msg edition. Elizabeth Pendergrass. J. Hastings, 2008.

R + J: the txt msg edition (Open)

R + J: the txt msg edition

Elizabeth Pendergrass. J. Hastings, 2006.

A retelling of the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet scripted entirely in the language of text message, as interpreted by the artist's teenage granddaughter.

Little Pink Houses, Too. Maryann J. Riker. JUSTARIP Press, 2009.<br /><br />
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Little Pink House’s puzzle like structure opens out to a cloying realization of domestic femininity.

Little Pink Houses, Too (Exterior)

Little Pink Houses, Too. Maryann J. Riker. JUSTARIP Press, 2009.<br /><br />
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View 3. Little Pink House’s puzzle like structure opens out to a cloying realization of domestic femininity.

Little Pink Houses, Too (Interior)

Little Pink Houses, Too

Maryann J. Riker. JUSTARIP Press, 2009.

Little Pink House's puzzle-like structure opens out to a cloying realization of domestic femininity.

Smoke. Amy Pirkle. Perkolator Press, 2006. <br /><br />
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Eight vignettes scrolled into the form of cigarettes retell the story of the artist&#039;s relationship to her Grandfather, who died of lung cancer.

Smoke (View 1)

Smoke

Amy Pirkle. Perkolator Press, 2006.

Eight vignettes scrolled into the form of cigarettes retell the story of the artist's relationship to her Grandfather, who died of lung cancer.

Out: Victims of Anti-Gay Murder. C.J. Grossman. Art Jazz Books, 2006.<br /><br />
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This flag book commemorates the victims of hate crimes.

Out: Victims of Anti-Gay Murder (Interior)

Out: Victims of Anti-Gay Murder. C.J. Grossman. 2006.<br /><br />
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View 2. This flag book commemorates the victims of hate crimes.

Out: Victims of Anti-Gay Murder (Exterior)

Out: Victims of Anti-Gay Murder

C.J. Grossman. Art Jazz Books, 2006.

This flag book commemorates the victims of hate crimes.

Asian American ? Project. Irene Chan. Ch&#039;An Press, 2007.<br /><br />
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Card. These cards feature pithy retorts levelled at dominant, stereotypical representations of Asian Americans.

Asian American ? Project (Card)

Asian American ? Project. Irene Chan. Ch&#039;An Press, 2007.<br /><br />
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Card. These cards feature pithy retorts levelled at dominant, stereotypical representations of Asian Americans.

Asian American ? Project (Case)

Asian American ? Project.

Irene Chan. Ch'An Press, 2007.

Card. These cards feature pithy retorts levelled at dominant, stereotypical representations of Asian Americans.

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