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The Peace of Wild Things: a Book Arts Exploration of the Natural World

by Kelsey Smith on 2024-04-09T12:44:21-07:00 in Earth Sciences, Environmental Studies & Ecology, Fine Arts | 0 Comments

On display from April 1, 2024 - June 14, 2024

Our current Rare Books Room exhibit explores the natural world through the eyes of book artists. We were inspired by the long-awaited return of the Procession of the Species to choose titles that shared the Procession’s categories of Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. Selections address themes of social and environmental justice, nature’s ability to promote growth and decay, and humanity’s effect on our shared environment (and vice versa).  

Several of the books on display incorporate unusual materials, including Suze Woolf’s bark-beetle ravaged wood and Carletta Carrington Wilson’s soft mixed media books made with fabric, artificial plants, and bells. Jean Ferrier’s retelling of a Haida-Gwai Legend is bound in a clamshell. Mari Eckstein Gower’s flag book depicts the teeming life found beneath our feet and includes a vial of sand, rocks, and peat.  

QR codes accompany select exhibit titles for those who wish to engage more deeply. This Spring, we invite you to spend time with these beautifully diverse offerings from the James F Holly Rare Book Collection.


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