New Exhibition – Metaphor Taking Shape: Poetry, Art, and the Book

January 17, 2008

The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library

On view January 22 through March 31, 2008

Metaphor Taking Shape: Poetry, Art, and the Book includes a broad display of books exploring the ways in which poets, publishers, artists, and printers have navigated the intersection of poetry and art in printed formats. The exhibition considers the ways poetry and book arts interact and connect, their shared context, and their potentially conflicting functions; materials on display explore questions of verbal and visual metaphor making, emphasizing the roles of creative and collaborative processes involved in uniting image, verse, and print. A companion exhibition, The Publisher’s Roundtable: Book Artists in Dialogue, will be on view at the Arts of the Book Collection at Sterling Memorial Library.

In conjunction with this exhibition, a symposium featuring poets, artists, publishers, and critics in conversation will take place on March 13 and 14. Speakers include Carolee Campbell, Macy Chadwick, Steve Clay, Simon Cutts, Johanna Drucker, Ann Lauterbach, Anna Moschovakis, C. Mikal Oness, Kyle Schlesinger, Buzz Spector, C. D. Wright, and John Yau. Learn more information and register here.

Image: Blaise Cendrars, watercolor pochoir by Sonya Delaunay, La Prose du Transsibérien et de La Petite Jehanne de France, Paris: [Les Hommes Nouveaux], 1913 (detail).