“Directed: The Intersection of Book, Film and Visual Narrative” Opens May 17 at MN Center for Book Arts

"Directed: The Intersection of Book, Film and Visual Narrative" explores the common territory of two engaging artistic practices: book arts and film. Historically as well as in contemporary practice, artists blur and perforate the boundaries between these two disciplines, both of which share a foundation of sequential visual narrative.


Work by over 70 artists will be featured, representing a diverse cross-section of contemporary work from across disciplines and around the world. The multimedia exhibition also includes many influential artists' books from the Walker Art Center's Rosemary Furtak Collection, including works by Ed Ruscha, Jim Goldberg, Marcel Broodthaers, John Baldessari, Andy Warhol, Christian Boltanski, Bruce Nauman, Michael Snow, Mason Douglas Williams, Gilbert & George, and Annette Messager. A full artist list can be found below.

Curated by MCBA Executive Director Jeff Rathermel, "Directed" will feature film and video works that present narratives in book-like fashions, and artists’ books that express content using traditional cinematic storytelling practices such as montage, close-ups, fades, slow motion, flashbacks, foreshadowing, props, varied pacing, split screens and innovative methods for directing viewers’ eyes.


For more information about the exhibition, visit: http://www.mnbookarts.org/exhibitions


"Directed" is presented as part of MCBA's 2013 Book Art Biennial (July 27-28, 2013). Through workshops, lectures, panel conversations, film screenings and exhibitions, Book Art Biennial invites artists, educators, curators and scholars to explore current issues in contemporary artists' books. This year's Biennial symposium programming explores in depth the common threads between the time-based artistic disciplines of book art and film. From examinations of contemporary innovations in visual narrative to the influence of classic filmmaking on mid-century book design, the symposium will continue a tradition of stimulating critical thinking and dialogue. 


Book Art Biennial 2013 keynote speakers include: 

  • Sarah Bodman, Senior Research Fellow for Artists' Books at the Centre for Fine Print Research (CFPR), University of the West of England;
  • Sandra Kroupa, Curator of Book Arts and Rare Books at the University of Washington Libraries;
  • Buzz Spector, book, installation and mixed media artist, and Dean of the College and Graduate School of Art in the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis.


The centerpiece of the Book Art Biennial is the presentation of The MCBA Prize. This award is the first to recognize book art from across the field and around the world, celebrating the incredible diversity of this vital artform.Our jury will name five finalists, with the ultimate winner announced live at The MCBA Prize Gala on Saturday, July 27. The winner receives a total $2,500 cash award; finalists each receive a $500 cash award, plus travel stipend to attend Book Art Biennial and The MCBA Prize Gala.


For more information about Book Art Biennial, visit: http://www.BookArtBiennial.org


For more information about The MCBA Prize, visit: http://www.MCBAPrize.org


Artist list for Directed:


John Akre 

John Baldessari

Saul Bass

Scott Blake

Christian Boltanski

Neil Bousfield

Marcel Broodthaers

Charles Burns

Enrique Chagoya

Jenny Cole

Béatrice Coron

Katrien DeBlauwer

Helen Douglas

Mason Douglas Williams

Max Ernst

Gilbert & George

Jim Goldberg

Guillermo Gómez-Peña

Antonio Guerra

Karen Hanmer

Michael Jacobson

Edwin Jager

Angela Kassube

William Kentridge

Robin Kiteley

Tanja Lazetic

Ken Leslie

Louise Levergneux

Scott McCarney

Annette Messager

Frank Miller

Bruce Nauman

Heidi Neilson

John O. Smith

Edson Oda

Yoko Ono

Terry Peterson

Deborah Phillips Chodoff

Judith Poirier

Angela Reichers

Felicia Rice

Ed Ruscha

Colin Sackett

Andreas Schmidt

David Schulz

Andrea Shaker

Clarissa Sligh

Michael Snow

Paul Soulellis

Buzz Spector

Pierre St-Jacques

Telfer Stokes

José Antonio Suárez Londoño

Shaun Tan

Brandon Tauszik

Tanner Teale

Barbara Tetenbaum

JT Waldman

Lyn Ward

Chris Ware

Andy Warhol

Yu-Wen Wu

Yuichi Yokoyama

Philip Zimmermann

Marilyn Zornado

Janet Zweig


Minnesota Center for Book Arts at Open Book 

1011 Washington Ave S, First Floor 

Minneapolis MN 55415
Phone 612.215.2520

Fax 612.215.2545


As the largest and most comprehensive center of its kind in the nation, Minnesota Center for Book Arts celebrates the book as a vibrant contemporary art form that takes many shapes. From the traditional crafts of papermaking, letterpress printing and bookbinding to non-traditional artmaking and self-publishing techniques, MCBA supports the limitless creative evolution of book arts. To learn more, visit our website at http://www.mnbookarts.org.

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