‘The Bill of Rights’ exhibition comes to Bird Library
‘The Bill of Rights’ exhibition comes to Bird LibraryFebruary 21, 2005Edward Byrnesedbyrnes@syr.edu
“The Bill of Rights,” a provocative exhibit that explores the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, has arrived at Syracuse University Library’s Special Collections Research Center. The exhibition features 10 bookworks created by artist Richard Minsky, and showcases Minsky’s conviction that there is increasing erosion of our fundamental rights as Americans. The exhibition is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., in the sixth floor exhibition gallery of SU’s E.S. Bird Library. It runs through April 1.
Minsky will give a public lecture March 4 at 4 p.m. in the Hillyer Room, also on the sixth floor of Bird Library. His talk, titled “Material as Metaphor,” is part of the SU Seminar in the History of the Book series.
Minsky has long promoted the book as a form of art. His works have been exhibited and are held by major American museums and book art collections, including the Getty Center, the Yale University Arts of the Book Collection, the National Gallery and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 1974, he founded the Center for Book Arts in New York City, where, for the first time, contemporary book art was displayed in an active studio with classes and workshops. This model has been emulated across the U.S. and abroad and stimulated the rapid growth of the book art movement. Works in the exhibit can also be viewed online at http://www.minsky.com. Educational outreach materials to support the use of the exhibit in teaching can be found at http://www.minsky.com/billofrights-links.htm.