WashU Book Arts Workshop with Work/Play

October 14, 2023
11 am

WashU students are invited to join us for a two-hour workshop on experimental book arts organized in conjunction with the exhibition Adam Pendleton: To Divide By. Led by artist Kevin McCoy (MFA 19) of WORK/PLAY, this hands-on workshop invites participants to produce their own publications using various source texts, images, and printing and other compositional analog techniques. The workshop will start with a discussion of Pendleton’s Who Is Queen? A Reader (2022), considering the central role of bookmaking, language, and poetry in the artist’s visual practice.

This event is designed in conjunction with the reading and conversation with poet Simone White on Friday, October 13, at 5:30 pm. Participants are encouraged to attend the reading.

No experience in writing or bookmaking required. Materials, including a copy of Who Is Queen? A Reader, will be provided.

Free and open to Washington University students. Space is limited.

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About the facilitators

WORK/PLAY is an interdisciplinary studio based in East St. Louis, Illinois, founded by Danielle and Kevin McCoy. Their practice is rooted in the Black experience and spans across several disciplines. They incorporate design, printmaking, and the book arts to explore notions of identity, racial inequality, erasure, and redacted histories. WORK/PLAY has exhibited at institutions including the Luminary, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, MCA Denver, Volkshochschule Stuttgart Photo Gallery, and the Wassaic Project. They have also collaborated with organizations including the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, and the Aperture Foundation.


This event is co-sponsored by Washington University's Center for the Literary Arts.