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Arts and Culture Exhibitions at San Diego Public Libraries
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Artists Book Vault at the Athenaeum, photograph by Victor Ha

The San Diego Public Library is pleased to partner with the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library in the presentation of        [UN]BOUND: Artists’ Books from the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library. In 25 years of collecting, the Athenaeums artists’ book collection has grown into an important resource for artists, researchers, and presses. While portions of the collection are continually displayed for visitors in the Athenaeum’s North Reading Room and are also available for use by appointment, this exhibition provides unprecedented access to over 50 books by 36 artists who have lived in San Diego.

Through the outstanding collection of the Athenaeum, [UN]BOUND offers a unique opportunity to discover the book as both object and idea in the hands of San Diego artists.

Curated by Kara West, the Library’s Arts and Culture Exhibition Manager, and featuring books from the Athenaeum's Erika and Fred Torri Artists’ Books Collection, artists include David Adey, Ida Applebroog, John Baldessari, Adam Belt, Michele Burgess, Michele Burgess/Bill Kelly /James Renner/Jane Tassi, Judy Christensen, Tom Driscoll, Melissa Elliott, Faiya Fredman, David Fobes, Raul Guerrero, Jim Jahn, Allan Kaprow, Bill Kelly, Wendell M. Kling, Mary Ellen Long, Jean Lowe, Jim Machacek, Kathy Miller, Zandra Rhodes, Al Rodríguez, Derli Romero/Sonya Devine/Melissa Smedley/Ante Marinovic, Sara Rosenbluth, Jerome Rothenberg/Eleanor Antin, Sibyl Rubottom, Genie Shenk, Joyce Cutler-Shaw, Phel Steinmetz/Esther Barath, Harry Sternberg, and Claire Van Vliet.

The exhibition is made possible through a collaboration between the San Diego Public Library, the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library, and the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture. 


Currently on View

JANUARY 31, 2015 –

MAY 31, 2015



Gallery Hours

Tuesday 12-5 PM
Wednesday  12-5 PM
Thursday 2-7 PM
Friday 12-5 PM
Saturday 12-2 PM
Sunday    2-4 PM

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About On View

On View is part of the San Diego Public Library’s mission to inspire lifelong learning through connections to knowledge and each other. Exhibition programs allow free access to the visual arts, while promoting San Diego artists and creative community groups.


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