Buzz Spector: Off the Shelf

Buzz Spector: Off the Shelf

School of Art and Design at Indiana University, Bloomington

Buzz Spector, My Fiction, 2000. Interior dye diffusion prints (polaroid), 66 x 72 inches.
October 15, 2012
Buzz Spector: Off the Shelf

October 19–November 16, 2012
Artist talk/performance: Friday, October 19, 5pm, in the Grunwald Gallery
Opening reception following

Grunwald Gallery of Art
Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts
1201 E 7th St.
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405
Hours: Tuesday–Saturday 12–4pm, or by appointment
Admission is free

T 812 855-8490

The Grunwald Gallery of Art is pleased to announce Buzz Spector: Off the Shelf, an exhibit featuring Spector’s sculptural book installations and photographic works. The exhibit will include The Library of Babel, comprised of 2,500 books, and a new work featuring texts by Indiana University authors. These installations invite commentary on the logic and poetry of the arrangement of books, and ask us to consider the function of the book object. Spector’s large scale Polaroid prints further investigate the themes of meaning and form, authorship and ownership, and the physical experience of reading.

Spector is an eminent figure in the artists’ book and book arts communities and an internationally known artist and writer. He has published numerous artists’ books as well as editing the critical volume The Book Maker’s Desire: Writings on the Art of the Book. Spector has lent his critical voice to numerous publications, including American Craft, Artforum, Art Issues, Art on Paper, Exposure and New Art Examiner He is also a co-founder of the magazine WhiteWalls. Among his many awards, Spector received a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in 2005. He also received Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Fellowships in 1991, 1982, and 1985, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Award in 1991. He is currently the Dean of the College and Graduate School of Art in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis.

Spector will be signing his recent book Buzzwords: Interviews with Buzz Spector, recently published by Sara Ranchouse Publishing. This selection of six interviews spanning nearly thirty years showcases Spector’s ideas about art, books, libraries and his own history of reading. Spector describes and elucidates his installations, book objects and photographs within an intellectually rich context, provoking stimulating conversation and thought. Spector has designed new page art especially for this publication, including a section that he has individually hand-torn for each book.

The exhibition is part of a broader discussion of the relevance and role of books and libraries in the arts and humanities. A panel discussion on October 24th, “Books, Text and Information”, will broach such topics as the future of the book, the importance of stacks and browsing, and forms of scholarly production and authorship. Panel members include Ron Day, Professor of Library and Information Science, Ian Meares, Visiting Assistant Professor of Ceramics, and Dawna Schuld, Assistant Professor in the Department of History of Art, and moderator Emilee Mathews, Interim Director of the Fine Arts Library.  Receptions in the Fine Arts Library and the Grunwald Gallery will follow.

This program is sponsored by the College Arts and Humanities Institute, The Wells Library, the Fine Arts Library, and the Ruth Lilly Auxiliary Library Facility, all at Indiana University

The Grunwald Gallery of Art presents contemporary works by both professional and student artists in a special exhibition format. Exhibits incorporate art from a variety of contemporary genres and approaches, and can be experimental or traditional. The Gallery is conceived as a visual art laboratory with artists participating in the installation of their works and interaction with students and the public is encouraged. The Grunwald Gallery frequently collaborates with artists, scientists, and scholars to produce exhibits that interpret visual art in a broader scientific or humanities context.



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