Book artist Minsky, focus of Yale exhibit, to discuss life’s work

Pioneering book artist Richard Minsky will speak about his life and his work at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 5, in Sterling Memorial Library lecture hall, 130 Wall St.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Yale University Library Standing Committee on Professional Awareness. Light refreshments will be served.

The artist’s works are current on exhibit in “Material Meets Metaphor: A Half Century of Book Art by Richard Minsky,” on view through Nov. 29 in the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library, 190 York St. The exhibit is open to the public 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the day of the lecture.

Minsky, founder of the Center for Book Arts in New York City, is known for his conceptual approach to hand bookbinding and his commitment to changing the perception of the book arts from craft to fine art.

According to the event organizers, Minsky “combines a background in economics with an innovative use of traditional methods and new materials to create sculptural, often political bookworks. The blending of an eclectic mix of interests, from musical and theater performance to social issues and virtual worlds, remain a hallmark of Minsky’s career.”

The Yale exhibition showcases his editioned (non-commissioned, made in multiple copies) bookworks alongside selections from the Richard Minsky Archive, which documents the history of his career and his working process.

A PDF catalog of the exhibition is free to view and download here.

The Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library opened in August 2008 in the renovated Paul Rudolph Hall and the new Loria Center for the History of Art. The library brings together the collections, staff, and resources from the former Art + Architecture and Drama libraries and the Arts of the Book Collection, as well as staff and services for the Visual Resources Collection. It serves as the library for the Schools of Art, Architecture, and Drama, as well as the Department of the History of Art and the Yale University Art Gallery.

The library is open to the public Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. For more information, click here.

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