Johanna Drucker to Speak at Getty Center on Books and the Visual Arts

UCLA's Breslauer Professor of Bibliographical Studies to share perspectives on books created by artists.

UCLA Professor of Information Studies Johanna Drucker will present “Current Perspectives on Books and Art with Johanna Drucker,” as part of the Getty Center’s Friday Flights series. Her talk will take place on Friday, Aug. 17 at the Museum Lecture Hall at 7 p.m.

Drucker, who is the inaugural Breslauer Professor of Bibliographical Studies in the UCLA Department of Information Studies, is internationally known for her work in the history of graphic design, typography, experimental poetry, fine art, and digital humanities. She is also a renowned book artist, and her limited-edition works are in special collections and libraries worldwide.

In 2004, Drucker created Artists’ Books Online, which presents a collection of artists’ books in digital format along with descriptive metadata; she continues as director of the project. Professor Drucker is a member of UCLA’s Institute for Digital Research and Education’s Humanities, Arts, Architecture, Social and Information Sciences Collaborative.

Drucker’s artwork can be found in museum and library collections at the Getty Center for the Humanities, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Marvin and Ruth Sackner Archive of Visual and Concrete Poetry, the New York Public Library, and the Houghton Library at Harvard, among many others. In 2012, a comprehensive retrospective of her books, graphic art, and visual projects titled, “Druckworks: 40 Years of Books and Projects,” opened at Columbia College and traveled throughout the country for two years.

Drucker’s books include Graphic Design History: A Critical Guide, with Emily McVarish (Pearson Prentice Hall, 2008). Her independently authored publications include “SpecLab: Projects in Digital Aesthetics and Speculative Computing” (Chicago, 2009), “What Is?: Nine Epistemological Essays” (Cuneiform Press, 2013), and “In Graphesis: Visual Forms of Knowledge Production” (Harvard University Press, 2014). Her most recent books, Downdrift: An Eco-Fiction and The General Theory of Social Relativity were released in April. She is a frequent contributor to the Los Angeles Review of Books, and Riot Material.

This event is free of charge; however, advanced ticketing is required to attend.

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