Werner Pfeiffer: Reexamining the Book: Making Book-Objects and Artist Books

Cornell University Library invites you to the opening lecture celebrating the new fall exhibition Book-Objects and Artist Books, the work of distinguished book artist Werner Pfeiffer. A sculptor, printmaker, and painter, Pfeiffer is known for his provocative book-objects and artist books — work that offers insightful reflection on the role of physical books in the twenty-first century. He will discuss his art, from the deconstructed book to the censorship of books, and how the electronic environment has influenced the resurgence of the handmade book. Viewers will be invited to see the unfolding of one of his art books and experience the integral parts of “reading” a story.

Born in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1937, he has lived in the United States since 1961. He was appointed Professor of Art at Pratt Institute in New York City in 1969. His books, collages, drawings, prints, paintings, and sculptures have been shown internationally in nearly 200 group and solo exhibitions.

A reception and viewing of the exhibition will follow immediately after the lecture in the Hirshland Gallery, in the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, level 2B in the Carl A. Kroch Library. This traveling exhibition will be on view until February 2011 and is curated by the artist.

The exhibition and associated events are made possible by the Stephen E. and Evalyn Edwards Milman Exhibition Fund.

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