Material Meets Metaphor Exhibit


At left and below: a selection of the Minsky Archive, including maquettes, molds for castings, correspondence, and holographic manuscripts. Top right: large cabinets displaying Minsky's Bill of Rights.

Richard Minsky's new exhibit, Material Meets Metaphor: A Half Century of Book Art opened yesterday at Yale University's Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library in New Haven, Connecticut. Curated by Jae Jennifer Rossman, assistant director for special collections, the exhibit "showcases his editioned (non-commissioned, made in multiple copies) bookworks alongside selections from the Richard Minsky Archive, which documents the history of his career and his working process."

If you've ever wanted to sit in an electric chair without the painful end result, this is your chance. Minsky's provocative work, Freedom of Choice, seen here, is on display, and visitors are invited to strap on the head restraint, apply the electrodes, and listen to Minsky's reading of three poems through the chair's MP3 player.

Running now through November 29, the exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, read the original press release, and our recent Q&A with Minsky. More photos and description of the exhibit's installation are available on Minsky's site. All photos courtesy of Richard Minsky, who joins Fine Books as our new Book Art columnist in the fall issue.