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Artists' Books Collection at the University of Oregon Libraries

About the Exhibit

This exhibit in the Architecture and Allied Arts Library highlights artists' books that relate to themes in this year's common reading selection, Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. The books on view address race, identity, privilege, capitalism, education, diaspora, and family - as lived, studied, observed, and expressed by a variety of artists.

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Weekly Artists' Book Feature

Interior image from Kara Walker's book, "Freedom, A Fable."

The featured artists' book this week is Freedom, A Fable: A Curious Interpretation of the Wit of a Negress in Troubled Times by Kara Walker. This book looks like a 19th-century children's pop-up book, but the story is of the brutality, expectations, and lack of security experienced by freed slaves post-emancipation. The book is currently on view in the exhibition You Must Never Look Away From This at the A&AA Library. To see the exhibition, visit us in Lawrence Hall 200 during library open hours.

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Images of books in You Must Never Look Away From This

X by Sue Coe

Interior image of

The Machinery of State: 20th Century U.S. Presidents by Jim Clinefelter

The 0.1% Factor by Elsi Vassdal Ellis

Beauty's Only Screen Deep by John Fekner

ID Identity: An Activity Book by Dale Gronso

Life in Prison by Kartoon Kings

Colored People by Adrian Piper

Drowning by Lisa Beth Robinson

Urban Poetry NYC: A Photographic Essay by Laura Russell

Freedom, A Fable by Kara Walker

In the Event Anyone Disappears by Bisa Washington

Interior image from Doug Rickard's book

All Eyes on Me by Doug Rickard

Books in the Exhibition

Other Library Resources

Library Resources on the Artists

Michael Ray Charles

Sue Coe

Kartoon Kings

Robbie McClaran

Adrian Piper

Doug Rickard

Kara Walker

Carrie Mae Weems