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Yale University book artist discusses multimedia at UI March 7

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Johanna Drucker, an internationally known book artist from Yale University, will discuss some of the ways new, electronic media are influencing books as forms of art Friday, March 7 when she presents the annual Mitchell Lecture on the Art of the Book at the University of Iowa.

Drucker, an associate professor in the department of art history at Yale and the director of the Druckwerk press, will present "Artists' Books: From Historical Precedents to Electronic Possibilities" at 7:30 p.m. March 7 in Tippie Auditorium (W151) of the Pappajohn Business Administration Building.

The lecture, sponsored by the UI Center for the Book, is free and open to the public.

Drucker, who operated Chased Press from 1976 to 1977, has created dozens of artists' books and multimedia presentations. Artists' books are works of art designed to showcase books as imaginative creations in their own right.

Drucker's work has been collected by prominent libraries and art institutions, including the UI Libraries, the Getty Center for the Humanities, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and the Hague. Her works have been exhibited throughout the United States and Europe.

Drucker is also the author of four scholarly books, including "The Alphabetic Labyrinth: The Letters in History and Imagination" (1994) and "Theorizing Modernism: Visual Art and the Critical Tradition" (1994). Her most recent book, "The Century of Artists' Books" (Granary Books, 1995), explores the history of Artists' Books.

Drucker received her doctorate in interdisciplinary studies from the University of California at Berkeley.

2/17/97