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This exhibition is presented by the Department of Afro-American Studies in commemoration of its 40th anniversary and as a celebration of the 2010-11 Year of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
On display are small works of sculpture by Madison artist, Natasha Nicholson. According to the artist: "Books feed art. I long for beauty in works of art and books, and it is order and beauty that is at the heart of that which I wish to create.
This traveling show of 141 miniature books by international artists showcases a wide range of printmaking techniques and book structures.
"I collected the items on display in the states of Chiapas, Oaxaca, Puebla, and Michoacán over the course of three recent road trips in Mexico. They document the continued primacy of aesthetic considerations found in indigenous Mexican culture, and the commitment to a high level of artistic integrity on the part of the artisans."
The artistic heritage of Haiti and the Haitian diaspora is the focus of this exhibit. Artists as diverse as Eduoard Duval-Carrié, Hector Hyppolite, Georges Liautaud, Ernst Prophéte, Seresier Louisjuste, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Mario Benjamin are featured.
On display are 22 fine examples of illuminated manuscript facsimiles from the collection of the Kohler Art Library. These reproductions of pre-9th to 16th century books located in Europe are sumptuous publications in their own right.