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Fall Colloquium: Why the Book and Why the Book Now? Case Studies from Contemporary Global Art with Dr. Anna Sigrídur Arnar

Fall Colloquium: Why the Book and Why the Book Now?  Case Studies from Contemporary Global Art

When: October 11, 2017, 12pm

Where: NDSU Main Library, Weber Reading Room

Dr. Anna Sigrídur Arnar, Professor of Art History, Graduate Faculty Member and Affiliated Faculty in Women’s and Gender Studies Program, Minnesota State University Moorhead, will speak about her current research.

As an Art Historian trained in the history of print culture, Arnar will discuss her current research into the book’s materiality as well as its status as an enduring and powerful cultural emblem in contemporary art from across the globe. In a project she is preparing for a 2018 National Endowment for the Arts Summer Institute called “The Book: Material Histories and Digital Futures” she focuses on how books function not just as textual objects but as flexible forms that lend themselves to diverse forms of experimentation. Moreover, her research is equally invested in the social and symbolic lives of books as dynamic vehicles that shuttle between different social spaces thereby accruing or shifting meaning.

To learn more about Dr. Anna Sigrídur Arnar, visit her website: http://web.mnstate.edu/arnar/

Image credit: Marta Minujín, The Parthenon of Forbidden Books, 2017. Commissioned for the global exhibition documenta* 14 in Kassel, Germany.

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