Booknesses: Taking Stock of the Book Arts in South Africa
May 10, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Join us to hear David Paton discuss his project Booknesses, which recently took place this Spring in Johannesburg, South Africa. This project aimed to make the Jack Ginsberg Collection of Artists’ Books more widely known and to encourage growth in the book arts in South Africa. Booknesses consisted of a three-day Colloquium with local and international speakers and associated workshops in papermaking, paper engineering and bookbinding. An exhibition showcasing diverse book arts practices by South African artists as well as the much anticipated exhibition Booknesses: Artists’ Books from the Jack Ginsberg Collection were opened, the latter being accompanied by an impressive catalogue. Booknesses culminated in a public conversation between Jack Ginsberg and William Kentridge in which their shared passion for artists’ books was explored.
David Paton is currently Senior Lecture and a past head of the Department of Visual Art at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa where he teaches Drawing and Studio Practice at all undergraduate levels. He also supervises Postgraduate students’ studies, three of whom have received the prestigious Chancellor’s Medal for Meritorious Postgraduate Study. He received his MAFA at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa in 2001 with a dissertation titled South African artists’ books and book-objects since 1960. David has curated numerous exhibitions of book art in South Africa and has authored catalogues and published a number of articles on the book arts in local and international journals. David hosts the website Artists Books in South Africa and is a recipient of the Ampersand Foundation Fellowship to New York.
A reception will follow.
Suggested donation: $10 ($5, members)