CONTACT: SCOTT HAUSER
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0007; fax (319) 384-0024
Book artist and scholar team up for lecture on art of the book April
3 at UI
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A well-known book artist and a literary scholar will
present a combined lecture and slide presentation to discuss their perspectives
on the art of the book at 8 p.m. Friday, April 3 at the University of Iowa.
Walter Hamady, a book artist who taught for 30 years at the University
of Wisconsin-Madison, and Mary Lydon, professor of French at the University
of Wisconsin-Madison, will present the annual Mitchell Lecture on the Art
of the Book, sponsored by the UI Center for the Book, in Room W151 of the
Pappajohn Business Administration Building.
Hamady and Lydon's presentation, "Book-Learning: A Book Artist
and a Literary Scholar in Conversation," is free and open to the public.
Hamady taught courses that mixed drawing, letterpress printing, papermaking,
book illustration, collage, artist's books, demonstrations and critiques
from 1966 to 1996 at the University of Wisconsin. He has influenced more
than 100 younger book artists and fine printers, many of whom have become
major figures in the field.
He has received numerous awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship, and
his books are featured in library and museum collections both in the United
States and abroad.
Lydon is the author of "Perpetuum Mobile: A study of the Novels
and Aesthetics of Michel Butor" (University of Alberta Press, 1980)
and "Skirting the Issue: Essays in Literary Theory" (University
of Wisconsin Press, 1995).
Her essay on Hamady, "The Book as the Trojan Horse of Art: Walter
Hamady, The Perishable Press Limited and Gabberjabs 1-6," appeared
in the journal Visible Language in 1991.
As part of the visit to campus, Hamady will critique the work of students
and local book artists during a special session at 9 a.m. Saturday April
4 in Room W132 of the Art Building. Lydon also will give a talk entitled,
"Samuel Beckett's Excesses of Language," at 3:30 p.m. Friday,
April 3 in Room 304 of the English-Philosophy Building.
The Hamady critique is sponsored by the UI Book Arts Club and the Lydon
lecture is sponsored by the departments of English and comparative literature.
Both events are free and open to the public.
For special assistance in attending any of these events, or for more
information, contact Suzanne Micheau at the UI Center for the Book, (319)