19th Annual NJ Book Arts Symposium, @ Alexander Library; Fri. Nov. 1


Homage to Jean Lurcat (detail of installation)
By Patricia Malarcher
Photo by D. James Dee

THE UNINVITED BOOK: The Nineteenth Annual New Jersey Book Arts Symposium
Friday, November 1, 2013
8:45 am — 5:00 pm
Archibald S. Alexander Library
New Brunswick, NJ

The Uninvited Book (NJBAS 2013), a symposium being chaired by renowned book artist & Leonia resident, Lois Morrison, will take a look at spontaneous acts of creativity: why do certain books–not all: not necessarily the books one does for juried shows, for commissions, or for teaching purposes, for technological experiments,for roundtable exchanges, or obligatory gifts, not books to combat boredom; but, certain books–whose causation might be termed undefinable, seem, like hurricanes, to come out of the blue? What are the underlying precipitating events? What roles can we ascribe to ideology, or culture, psychology, desire, love,friendship, serendipity,chance, existential angst? What role can we ascribe to the book, itself? Is there some way the unmade book radiates itself into the made world? Do books “spur us to the kiss” that bring them into being?The artists featured in the symposium, Amina Ahmed, Rosaire Appel, Andrea Dezs?, Elizabeth Jabar, Patricia Malarcher and Irmari Nacht will discuss ongoing or recent book artwork that will help to sharpen our understanding of the velleities and vagaries of the creative process.

For the first time in our nineteen-year history, the symposium will be held in the Alexander Library at 169 College Avenue, New Brunswick, and co-sponsored by The Middlesex Cultural and Heritage Commission as well as The Rutgers University Libraries. We are proud to partner with The Commission, which does so much to enrich the New Jersey cultural scene, on our first appearance in Middlesex County, and to be a part of the great tradition of cultural and historical programming at The Alexander Library.

As always there will be a book arts jam. Attendees are encouraged to bring examples of their own book art to sell, barter, display, discuss at an informal gathering at the close of the day.

The Uninvited Book will include a morning workshop given by Washington Cucurto and Maria Gomez, of Editorial Eloísa Cartonera, Buenos Aires, which will be introduced by Dr. Marcy Schwartz, of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Rutgers-New Brunswick. Attendees are invited to participate and make a book,Cartonera style, but please, if you elect to participate, bring with you a cardboard box or two (corrugated cardboard), and be sure to advise the organizers, in advance, if you intend to participate.

We are fortunate to have on hand Judith K. Brodsky, the esteemed founder of The Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions, who will sum up the proceedings, Anna Pinto, the NJBAS scribe, to create unique calligraphic name tags and Amanda Thackray, who will curate The Uninvited Book exhibit, which will run for two weeks. Exhibitors will include Amina Ahmed, Rosaire Appel, Andrea Dezs?, Karen Guancione, Elizabeth Jabar, Patricia Malarcher, MaryAnn L. Miller, Lois Morrison, Irmari Nacht, Anna Pinto, Sarah K. Stengle and Amanda Thackray.

Please see below for directions, by rail or car, to the Alexander Library.

To register for the conference, please send an email with your name, address, phone number, and whether or not you intend to …
1) participate in the morning workshop
2) bring a book or art-work for the Book Artists’ Jam
to Michael Joseph, at mjoseph@rutgers.edu.

Registration fee is $45, which includes a catered lunch.
Rate for Rutgers faculty and staff – $15
Students may attend the symposium for free but must register in advance, by calling Nancy Martin at 848-932-6156.



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