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This exhibit of chamber pots from 1450 to 1940 looks at the field of material culture as an approach to studying objects, analyzing the shifting cultural values embodied in the use of and production of chamber pots.
In conjunction with the 3rd annual Wisconsin Book Festival, members of the Bone Folders' Guild collaboratively created artists' books addressing Ethel Cotton's "Course in Conversation" (1959 edition).
Chinese-born artist Xu Bing works in a variety of mediums, from the graphic art of woodblock printing, which he incorporates in his artists' books, to large scale installations, such as the "net of words" based on a passage from Thoreau currently on display upstairs in the Elvehjem Museum of Art's Paige Court.
The Bone Folders' Guild was founded in February 2001 as a network of regional book artists who learn from, support and encourage each other artistically. As a group, they frequently challenge each other to produce artist books based on themes. Examples of these artist books will be on display.
This exhibit focuses on the combination of books and photographs and the tradition and challenge to the readers and artists they provide.
The Kohler Art Library features an exhibit of alumni book artist and fine printer, Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr., from February 1-29, 2004.
As a complement to its Artists' Book Collection, the Kohler Art Library has a growing body of ephemeral material designed by book artists.