Jul24 to Aug20


2:30 pm


Minneapolis College of Art and Design

2501 Stevens Avenue



July 24–September 20, 2015
MCAD Main Gallery

Reception: Friday, July 24, 2015, 6:00–9:00 p.m.
Book Arts Art Crawl in conjunction with the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Form+Content Gallery, and Walker Art Center Library; free shuttles available 

Visiting-Artist Lecture: Andrea Dezsö, Monday, September 8, 1:00 p.m., Auditorium 150

Although the Latin phrase “in extremis” can mean “on the brink of death,” this exhibition does not purport to summon the book form's demise. Rather, the show examines how the book has been reconstructed “in the extreme.” Where have artists and designers taken the components that constitute a book? What does the act of reading encompass today? In particular, the show explores where the fine arts, media arts, and design fields have taken the notion of the book. Within a given discipline, to be “in the extreme” might refer to adventurous book design, or non-paper means of producing a book, or a more traditional codex book with outrageous content or unusual sequencing, or some other iteration of the “not to be believed.”

There are numerous MCAD faculty members whose artistic work embraces and pushes the boundaries of what a book is and can be. At any given time they are the writers, illustrators, designers, paper makers, photographers, and master manipulators of word and image. To give breadth to this exhibition, select faculty members were invited to suggest artists, designers, and writers who, for them, represent recent important trends in creating new experiences for readers of all types. 

Participating MCAD Faculty:

  • Rebecca Alm
  • Erik Brandt
  • David Goldes
  • Vince Leo
  • Paula McCartney
  • Kindra Murphy
  • Anders Nilsen
  • Bridget O'Malley
  • Zak Sally
  • Jody Williams
  • Karen Wirth

Invited Artists:

  • Harriet Bart
  • Irma Boom
  • Mat Brinkman
  • Dante Carlos
  • Paul Chan and Badlands Unlimited
  • Julie Chen
  • Andreco and Allegra Corbo
  • Andrea Dezsö
  • Julie Ducet
  • Jonathan Safran Foer
  • Icinori
  • Adam Michaels and Project Projects
  • Lars Müller
  • John Pham
  • Lorenzo Vitturi
  • Xu Yong
  • Therese Zemlin

MCAD Gallery Hours:
Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information or disability accommodations, please contact MCAD Gallery at 612.874.3667.

Image credit:
David Goldes, While Orbiting the Sun, 2015

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