Modern Languages Professor Kristy Bell and the Owens Art Gallery’s Community Outreach and Education Coordinator Lucy MacDonald are co-curating Reading Room, an exhibition at the Owens Art Gallery set to open this Friday, 9 January, 2015.

“As a literature professor, typically, my focus is the content…I like the idea of thinking of that content in a different context… how is it wrapped up? How does the materiality inform the way we go back to the content?” says Bell.

The exhibit will feature books and book-like objects that participants will be able to leaf through, touch, and interact with.

Bell and Macdonald talk about the ideas behind the works, some of the “book-like objects” on display, and a series of events and workshops covering bookbinding techniques and the historical evolution of books. The full lineup of events can be found on the Owens Art Gallery website. 

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“Nothing To Infinity”: a collaborative work by Dave Dyment and Roula Partheniou that looks like books, but is really something else.