Recent Exhibits

Mesoamerican Manuscript FacsimilesMesoamerican Facsimile

January 16 - March 3, 2014

This exhibition showcases the Mesoamerican manuscript facsimiles that are located in the Kohler Art Library.  The Aztec (Codex Borgia, Codex Fejérváry-Mayer, Codex Borbonicus, and Codex Vaticanus Lat. 3773), Mayan (Codex Dresdensis Maya), and Mixtec (Codex Edgerton and Codex Colombino) facsimiles have been published to replicate the original Pre-Columbian and early Spanish conquest era books.

The Aztec and Mayan codices focus mainly on religious content such as divinatory calendars, gods, rituals, and prophecies.  By contrast, the Mixtec codices are historical in nature and deal with genealogy, marriages, and military and political conquests. Like the original manuscripts, all of the facsimiles use the accordion or screenfold format.

The collaborative artists’ book, Codex Espangliensis: from Columbus to the Border Patrol, uses the accordion structure as it pays homage to the Pre-Columbian manuscript and takes a contemporary look at cross cultural interactions and influences. 

Image: Codex Fejérváry-Mayer. Graz: Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanst., 1971.

This exhibit was curated by Lyn Korenic, Director, Kohler Art Library.

Mosaics and Memoir: Marjorie Kreilick and Allan McNab

September-November, 2013 image of Kreilick mosaic and McNabb book cover

Exhibition Opening, Reception and Book Signing: September 27, 2013 ~ 5:00-7:00 pm.

This exhibition presents a wonderful sampling of mosaics and other art work by Emeritus Professor Marjorie Kreilick. Her engaging works incorporate marble inlay and sculptural elements. A devoted educator in the Art Department, Kreilick taught foundation courses on design and color for nearly 40 years (1953-1991). Kreilick edited the just-published memoir (UW-Libraries' Parallel Press) of her late husband Allan McNab. Witness to an Ending captures his rich artistic and social life in Europe and America, offering astute observations of 20th c people and events that changed the world. The exhibition showcases the memoir and a selection of McNab's engravings and book illustrations. Generously sponsored by the General Library System, the Art Department, and the Friends of the UW-Madison Libraries.

Curated by: Marjorie Kreilick and Lyn Korenic, with the assistance of Gail Geiger.

Image:  Design by Dan Joe based on photograph by Sandra Weber.

Handmade Paper: Wisconsin Roots

April 15 - June 30, 2013 image: "Tactile Study for Driftless Reveries" by Mary Hark (2012)

For almost 50 years, Wisconsin has been a remarkable leader in the field of book arts and has played a vital role in the resurgence of handmade paper.  This exhibit showcases examples of artists’ books that contain handmade paper made by artists with Wisconsin roots.  These artists (pioneers, teachers, students, and practitioners) have all been inspired by the craft and artistic possibilities of paper. Featured artists include Walter Hamady, Jim Escalante, Mary Hark, and Joe Wilfer as well as many others who form a long papermaking lineage.  The ingredients that are used in these books vary widely, from used clothing, donated UW-Madison hospital sheets, flax, cotton, and linen to bird’s nests and iris leaves.  The exhibit is part of the multi-part exhibition Text Support: A Library Exhibit About Paper currently on view in the Department of Special Collections, Memorial Library.  Another component to Text Support is the pop-up exhibition, Paper Engineering, located in the wall cases on the 2nd floor, Memorial Library.

Image:  Mary Hark. Tactile Study for Driftless Reveries (2012)

This exhibit was curated by Lyn Korenic and Tracy Honn.

Bird Sightings in Artists' Books

January 15 - April 14, 2013 Image: from the book "White River Lullaby" by David Johnson (Muncie, IN: Amelia Press,2000)

If you have a passion for birds you’ll enjoy this selection of over two dozen feathered friends found standing, perching, or soaring among the pages of artists’ books. These common and fancy birds take a variety of expressions, from bold woodcuts of waterfowl and delicate watercolors of bird eggs to a Caribbean parrot rod-puppet and a German double alphabet book of 52 winged creations. Represented in fables, religion, Mother Goose, mythology, poetry, and flights of the imagination, birds inform our sense of the natural world, comment on our relationship to wildlife, and spark our romantic impulse to delight in beauty. From hummingbirds to blackbirds, eagles to owls, this diverse flock rocks.

Image:  David Johnson.  White River Lullaby.  Muncie, IN: Amelia Press, 2000.

This exhibit was curated by Lyn Korenic, Director, Kohler Art Library.