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CBK 6010. Art and the Book Seminar I. 3 Credits.

What is an artists' book and how can it be defined? Hands on in nature, Art and the Book Graduate Seminar I. will focus on Washington, D.C. and exploration of the premiere book and related collections throughout the city. This academic course consists of research topics and discussions revolving around such areas as exploring characteristics of an artists' book, origins of the artists' book itself and defining the future of the book form along with roughly five site visits to numerous museum collections at outstanding institutions like the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian American Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery Library, the National Gallery of Art Library and the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Visiting artists will also be invited to speak in reference to topics inspired by collection excursions when possible. Students will be asked to delve personally deeper by developing a research paper and PowerPoint presentation based on material presented at the various site visits and through class lectures. The last two weeks of this course will consist of in-depth formal presentations where students will present their research papers and multimedia presentations to the group as a whole.