Buzz Spector: Works On and Of Paper
The Thomas Gallery fosters discovery and inspiration through the display of Washington University Libraries’ vast and distinct collections. The exhibition space is stewarded by the Department of Special Collections.
Buzz Spector is a professor of art in the Sam Fox School who uses the book as a concept for exploration and as raw material in his work. Tearing pages and stacking books, he creates pieces that seem sculptural and that challenge traditional definitions of the book. The exhibit features examples of this deconstructive approach, along with samples of Spector’s photography, collage work, and poetry. The exhibit will be on view through June 2019.
Illustration Across Media: Highlights from the D.B. Dowd Modern Graphic History Library
Printed pictures have marked the cultural landscape of the last two centuries. The people who drew such images came to be called illustrators and cartoonists. They helped to shape a new reading experience in modern periodicals, and marked the nascent medium of motion pictures.
This exhibition features 18 works covering nearly a century. They help to capture the evolving roles and diverse practices associated with illustration: edification, amusement, and the amplification of fictional texts; visual journalism, information, and instruction; and the art of persuasion: commentary, advertising, and propaganda.
We collect, preserve, and promote the study such works to foster a more complete understanding of the modern period.