THE BOOK AS PLACE: Visions of the Built Environment

Clifton Meador – Five Negative Edmund Pettus Bridges

EXHIBITION
THE BOOK AS PLACE: Visions of the Built Environment
An Exhibition of Artists’ Books curated by Julie Chen
January 15, 2019 – May 17, 2019
Environmental Design Library
Wurster Hall, Room 210

This exhibition of artists’ books centers on ideas about the built environment and has been curated by Berkeley-based book artist Julie Chen for UC Berkeley’s Environmental Design Library. Featuring works by 25 artists including Robbin Ami Silverberg, Clifton Meador, Inge Bruggeman, Karen Kunc, Sarah Bryant and Barbara Tetenbaum, the exhibition explores the built environment through text, image, materials and the architectural capabilities of book structures.


The Sea Ranch Exhibit Now Open

HALPRIN-GRID: LAWRENCE HALPRIN COLLECTION, HALPRIN CABIN, SITE VIEWS, 1980, ARCHITECTURAL ARCHIVES, SCHOOL OF DESIGN, UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA

EXHIBITION
The Sea Ranch
November 05, 2018 – December 20, 2018
Environmental Design Library
Wurster Hall, Room 210

This exhibit focused on The Sea Ranch explores the early design development and planning of the site, significant buildings and residences, the marketing of this community of second homes, and its ongoing evolution. Featuring archival material from numerous collections, the show also includes student designs from the 2018 furniture competition. Curated by EDA staff Chris Marino and Emily Vigor, the exhibit showcases materials from the Joseph Esherick (EHDD); Moore, Lyndon, Turnbull, and Whitaker (MLTW); Marquis & Stoller; Dmitri Vedensky collections, and graphic designer Barbara Stauffacher Solomon who created the famous rams head logo. Architect Obie G. Bowman, FAIA generously allowed us to exhibit materials from his archives highlighting his early involvement with designing for The Sea Ranch, as well as the firms Fernau + Hartman Architects, Donlyn Lyndon, and Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects and The Architectural Archives of the University of Pennsylvania School of Design (PennDesign).

The exhibit will run from November 5 through December 20, 2018 in the Raymond Lifchez and Judith Stronach Exhibition Cases in the Environmental Design Library, Wurster Hall room 210.

More Information: Sea Ranch Virtual Collection 


Hands-On 14: Artists’ Books from the Crypt

Artists’ books are simply books made by artists. Whether tactile or conceptual, they range in thematic content including the political, the sentimental, or just about ideas of beauty. Artists’ books defy conventional “reading” and involve the viewer though sight, touch, and physical manipulation. Too often locked behind exhibit cases, Hands On events make them available for you to touch, turn pages, and explore.

More Information: Hands-On 14

*The Library attempts to offer programs in accessible, barrier-free settings. If you think you may require disability-related accommodations, please contact the event sponsor, David Eifler (510-643-7422, deifler@berkeley.edu), ideally at least two weeks prior to the event.


Hands On 13: An Artists’ Books Event

Artists’ books are simply books made by artists. Whether tactile or conceptual, they range in thematic content including the political, the sentimental, the instructive, or the purely beautiful. Our Hands On Artists’ Book events allow you to handle 25 books from our rare book vaults.

Artist and garden manager Lauri Twitchell shows a book she made at Blake Garden in Kensington (Photos by Jami Smith for the UC Berkeley Library)

Found objects, whether natural or debris found in the landscape, evoke a dialogue between maker and object. Drawn, collages, or photographed, these objects and ideas are turned into a meaningful form: the book.

Lauri Twitchell is a graduate of UC Berkeley. She is a gardener, naturalist, and artist. As an artist’s book maker, she finds meaning in found materials such as fallen branches, rocks, bark, and birdsong.

More information: Hands On 13: Debris

Hosted by David Eifler, Jennifer Osgood, Molly Rose and Lauri Twitchell.

*The Library attempts to offer programs in accessible, barrier-free settings. If you think you may require disability-related accommodations, please contact the event sponsor, David Eifler (510-643-7422, deifler@berkeley.edu), ideally at least two weeks prior to the event.

 


Hands-On 11: Twentysix Artists’ Books


Artists’ books defy conventional “reading” and involve the viewer through sight, touch and physical manipulation. Ed Ruscha’s Twentysix Gasoline Stations was seminal in bringing the concept of artists’ books into common consciousness. The Environmental Design Library will have several Ruscha books on hand and a number of other derivative and related works for you to touch, turn pages, and explore.


Environmental Design Library to Open Earlier Sunday Mornings

Wurster Library

Starting December 3rd, the Environmental Design Library will open at 11 in the morning, instead of 1 in the afternoon. Numerous students have requested an earlier Sunday opening which is now possible through the generous gift of George Anastaplo, a College of Environmental Design alum. These extended hours will begin in time for this fall’s reading and finals weeks and will continue throughout the spring semester. The library will also stay open until midnight during reading and finals weeks, as we have in the past.

Our hours can always be found on our calendar at:
Environmental Design Library Hours

Starting December 3rd, we look forward to seeing you 11AM Sunday mornings.