Druckworks at the San Francisco Center for the Book
May 24 – August 24, 2013
Forty Years of Books and Projects. This comprehensive retrospective exhibits Drucker’s books, graphic art, and visual projects. As a prolific writer, scholar and artist, her artistic and theoretical work has shaped the field of artists’ books.
May 24/ 6:00 – 8:00pm
Join Johanna Drucker "In Conversation" during the opening reception. Johanna Drucker will discuss her 40 year artistic engagement with the bookform, from her early unique works and letterpress editions to more recent print on demand publications.
This workshop is being rescheduled. Please check back for the date.
Stochastic Printing: Letterpress Outside the Form
About Johanna Drucker
Johanna Drucker is a scholar, writer, and artist known for her work in the history of graphic design, typography, experimental poetry, fine art, and digital humanities. Her most recent titles include SpecLab: Digital Aesthetics and Speculative Computing (Chicago, 2009), and Graphic Design History: A Critical Guide (Pearson, 2008). Digital Humanities: Theory in Practice, co-authored with Anne Burdick, Peter Lunenfeld, Todd Presner and Jeffrey Schapp is due out from MIT Press early in 2012. She created the ArtistBooksOnline repository, co-founded SpecLab at University of Virginia, and helped design Ivanhoe, Temporal Modelling, and other digital projects. She is collaborating with University College London and King’s College on a new digital project, the Museum of Writing She has held faculty positions at University of Texas, Dallas, Columbia University, Yale University, SUNY Purchase, and the University of Virginia, where she was the inaugural Robertson Professor of Media Studies. She is now the Breslauer Professor of Bibliographical Studies in the Department of Information Studies at UCLA.
In addition to her scholarly work, she has an international reputation as a book
artist and her limited edition artist’s books are in special collections and libraries worldwide. Her book works have focused on women and narrative, the darkness of the news, and the materiality of graphical language. She is currently working on a database memoire, ALL, and a letterpress project titled Stochastic Poetics. Her best known titles include The Word Made Flesh (1989) and The History of the/my Wor(l)d (1990), Simulant Portrait (1991), ComboMeals (2008), and her collaboration with Susan Bee on A Girl’s Life (2004) and with Brad Freeman on Nova Reperta among other titles. Most of her books can be viewed in their entirety at www.artistsbooksonline.org.