Pushing the Envelope: The Scripps College Press since 1986

Forty-five fine press artist’s books made at the Scripps College Press will be shown in the exhibition curated by members of the Core III course, From Materiality to Immateriality: The Coming of the Artist Book. The Scripps College Press has been at the forefront of the private press movement since its establishment in 1941. In the 60s, Ed Ruscha, Sol LeWitt and others gave a new twist to bookmaking and challenged us to see the book as art. By 1986, the Press took a new direction by focusing on limited edition books produced by students in the Typography and the Book Arts course as a collaborative project each semester. Core III students will critique each book presented in the catalog, identify how it fits into book genres as defined by Johanna Drucker, and mount the exhibit. A DVD produced by the students showing several pages of each book, with commentary, will be shown at the exhibit.

For further information concerning this exhibition, please contact Professor Kitty Maryatt.