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FOLD: Artists’ Accordion Books

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Curiosity about a familiar form taking a new shape.

March 01, 2018 – June 03, 2018

FOLD: Artist's Accordion Books highlights a selection of accordion-fold books from the extensive collection of artists’ publications owned by Dr. Stephen Perkins of Madison. The exhibition features renowned artists such as Jennifer Bartlett, Ginger Burrell, Christo, Robert Indiana, Niki de Saint Phalle, Kiki Smith, Buzz Spector, and Dennis Oppenheim, and explores the art of accordion books, also known as concertina, screenfold, leporello, oriental-fold, and zig-zag fold, as panoramic spaces for images and text as well as three-dimensional sculptural objects. Encompassing the 1970s up to the present moment, FOLD: Artist's Accordion Books offers a survey of accordion books that explore the creative possibilities offered by this unique publishing medium and includes a hands-on area where visitors can interact with a selection of these unique books. Curated by Annemarie Sawkins, PhD of Milwaukee.

Exhibition opens: Thursday, March 1, 2018, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Members’ preview: 5:30 – 6:00 p.m. Talk by Dr. Stephen Perkins, with an introduction by Guest Curator Annemarie Sawkins, 7:00 p.m.

Exhibition runs: Thursday, March 1, 2018 to Sunday, June 3, 2018

Exhibition Events

9 May

FOLD: Artists' Accordion Books - Curatorial Walk Through

May 09, 2018 | 1:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Enjoy a guided tour of the exhibition by a member of our curatorial staff.

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