Rotch Library is home to a small but growing collection of contemporary artists’ books — a type of art object that defies simple definition and embraces many forms. Some artists’ books resemble traditional books, while others use the printed book as a starting point, experimenting with form, structure, and/or content. The Libraries’ collection is deliberately interdisciplinary, reflecting the interests and mission of the Institute.
In the following videos, Anna Boutin-Cooper, librarian for the School of Architecture and Planning, offers a look at some of the dynamic pieces in the collection.
Learn more about how to access the collection.
Watch additional videos on the individual pieces seen here:
- Memories of Science by Dorothy Yule
- The City Within by Natalie Draz
- Zig Zag by Werner Pfeiffer
- The Actual Accordion Book by Peter Thomas and Donna Thomas
Discovering Book Arts at MIT, Slice of MIT
Sarah Hulsey, Picturing Language, Arts at MIT
Object Lesson: Werner Pfeiffer’s Errantry, Arts at MIT