ART: Rare-books curator Sandra Kroupa talks about artists’ books

Sandra Kroupa, curator of book-arts and rare books at the University of Washington Libraries’ Special Collections, will present “The Genuine Article: Reading Artists’ Books,” from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, in Western Washington University Libraries’ special collections on the sixth floor of Wilson Library.

Book-arts are often created to make art that is interactive, portable, movable and easily shared. Many artists’ books challenge the conventional book format and become sculptural objects, art this is accessible to people outside of the formal context of galleries or museums.

Long known for her refusal to define the word “book,” Kroupa will discuss limited editions, democratic multiples, one-of-a-kinds, altered books, and all manner of the book presented by artists as a physical form. Her talk will draw from the extensive book-arts collection at the University of Washington focus on the connections between bookworks by a wide variety of artists.

Program details: WWU librarian Paul Piper, 360-650-3097.