Humanities Center Gallery

 Two text artworks, This Is/Isn't by Devi Det Homespun and Spoof Proof by Kay Rosen


The Printed Word: Textual Play in Contemporary Art

On View:

29 October — 14 December 2018
Humanities Center Gallery, Serra Hall


Since the Gutenberg Bible, words have proliferated alongside images in mass reproductions.  Typically, a close correlation between text and image exists in printed works of art.  In our contemporary moment, artists frequently incorporate statements that, while indisputably creative, may exclude imagery altogether.  This exhibition draws on the strength of USD’s growing print collection to examine recent tendencies that explore the printed word.  Roughly a dozen works in a wide variety of graphic media—etchings, lithographs, screenprints, and woodblocks—demonstrate the visual power of words as images in their own right.  Artists featured in The Printed Wordinclude Glenn Ligon, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Davi Det Hompson, and Kay Rosen.    

Images above, from left to right: Davi Det Hompson, Untitled (TH IS NT),n.d., screenprint © 2018 Estate of David E. Thompson; Kay Rosen, Spoof Proof, 2013, screenprint © 2018 Kay Rosen, image courtesy of the artist and Krakow Witkin Gallery, Boston


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Monday - Friday: noon - 5:00pm

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