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March 19, 2003, 11:30 a.m.
Pattee Library, Foster Auditorium

"Positioning the Author" will cover the history of Mr. Spector's work with books as subject and object, libraries as historical metaphors, and authorship as bureaucratic posing.

Buzz Spector is an artist and critical writer whose artwork has been shown in such museums and galleries as the Art Institute of Chicago; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; and the Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, PA. His work makes frequent use of the book, both as subject and object, and is concerned with relationships among public history, individual memory, and perception. Spector has issued a number of artists' books and editions since the mid-1970s, including, most recently Details: closed to open, an artists’ book of photographic details from images in the Swarthmore College Peace Collection, an archive of historical and contemporary information related to peace and social justice, published in 2001 by the artist and Swarthmore College. Among his previous publications is Beautiful Scenes: Selections from the Cranbrook Archives (Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI, 1998).

Spector was a co-founder of WhiteWalls, a magazine of writings by artists, in Chicago in 1978, and served as the publication's editor until 1987. Since then he has written extensively on topics in contemporary art and culture, and has contributed reviews and essays to a number of publications, including American Craft, Artforum, Art Issues, Dialogue, Exposure, New Art Examiner, and Visions. He is the author of The Book Maker's Desire, critical essays on topics in contemporary art and artists' books (Umbrella Editions, 1995), and numerous exhibition catalogue essays, including Ann Hamilton: Sao Paulo — Seattle (University of Washington Press, 1992), and Dieter Roth (University of Iowa Museum of Art, 1999).

Spector earned his B.A. in Art from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1972, and his M.F.A. with the Committee on Art and Design at the University of Chicago in 1978. In 1991 he was awarded a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Fellowship, and in 1982, 1985, and 1991 he received National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Awards. He is professor and chair of the Department of Art at Cornell University.

Related links:

Samek Art Gallery— Artist, Object, Installation, Meaning: Buzz Spector



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