Artists' Books at the Dibner Library (Smithsonian Libraries, Washington, D.C.)

A Twitter chat about a selection of artists' books inspired by some of the most famous books in the history of science and technology from the collection of the Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology in Washington, D.C.

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  1. On February 18, 2014, Hirshhorn librarian Anna Brooke (@Brookea2), special collections cataloger Diane Shaw (@Museocat), and artist/librarian Michelle Strizever (@ArtBksDC, also a former intern at the Smithsonian Libraries) got together for an informal discussion of the artists' books in the Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology, one of the special collections of the Smithsonian Libraries in Washington, D.C. These artists' books in the Dibner Library were acquired in connection with the exhibition Science and the Artist's Book, which was sponsored by the Smithsonian Libraries and the Washington Project for the Arts in 1995-1996.
  2. The artists' books in the exhibition were inspired by the Heralds of Science, a bibliography of 200 landmark works in the history of science, selected by the engineer and bibliophile Bern Dibner in 1955 (with a revised edition in 1980).
  3. So the conversation unfolds (like an accordion book!):
  4. Book artist Katherine Ng created her work A Hypothetical Analysis of the Twinkle in Stars (as Told by a Child to a Teacher) (Los Angeles, 1994) in response to Robert Recorde's The Castle of Knowledge (London, 1556).
  5. Carol Barton of Popular Kinetics Press, who co-curated the exhibition with Diane Shaw, created Instructions for Assembly (Atlanta, 1993) to demonstrate some of the basic qualities of pop-up and movable books.
  6. Cartesian Dreams, a collaborative artist's book by J. Mohns and F. Deschamps, was inspired by Descartes' Discours de la Méthode (Leiden, 1637).
  7. Putrefatti (Cambridge, Mass., 1995), an artist's book by the team of John Carerra and Sam Walker, was based on Francesco Redi's Esperienze Intorno alla Generazione degl'Insetti (Florence, 1688).