Hands-On Object-Based Research
Gather ideas for a creative project, engage in scholarly research, or discover something new. Gain hands-on experience utilizing original source materials in our reading room, and explore our unique collections through an active exhibition program and campus events.
We have a growing and diverse survey of contemporary artists' publication projects from the 1960s to the present; a study collection of broadsides and prints; rare and semi-rare books from the mid 18th century to the present; and more.
You'll find: broadsides, democratic multiples, documentation of time-based and performance projects, engravings, exhibition publications, experimental writing, fine press books, flip books, handmade editions, historic facsimiles, parlor toys, photo-bookworks, prints, rare books, and zines.
Open to Everyone
Open to students, staff, faculty, art and design practitioners, and the general public. If you’d like to schedule a research consultation, class visit, or group tour please contact our Center staff in advance.
As a teaching resource for faculty, the Center can be booked for class visits, reading events, critique sessions, performances, and extracurricular activities. Center staff provide orientations to the collections, pull pertinent resources in advance of a class visit, suggest ways of incorporating the materials into project briefs and assignments, and design activities utilizing the collections.
Process-ing History: The Photobook and the Archive
On view March 20 through May 31, 2019
The artists in this exhibition occupy unique ground. They utilize the photograph and the form of the photobook to encroach on possibilities of the archive and the power of the archivist. Their projects offer new interpretations of the archive, interventions into archival documentation, and enactments of counter archives and anarchives. More info.