What happens when nerds and art collide? Book art. The National Museum of Women in the Arts in DC is having a really cool exhibit on it:
The Book as Art: Twenty Years of Artists’ Books from the National Museum of Women in the Arts explores the sometimes controversial art form that is artists’ books. Defined as art objects in the form of books, artists’ books combine content and form to create something that is more than a simple container for information. To celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA), The Book as Art will feature 108 artists’ books, by 86 artists, from 12 countries, culled from the museum’s collection of more than 800 volumes.
You can see some of the books at the museum’s website. I sure hope I can stop by to see the exhibit, but right now, alas, I’m staring at a stack of exams. Perhaps I could donate the stack (ungraded of course) to the museum with the title: “Hours of Pain.” Under one interpretation, the artwork would serve as a depiction of the students’ pain in taking the exam. But others might see it as representing my impending pain in grading the exams. I’m sure my dean would understand, as I’d be doing it for the sake of art. . . .