The Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection (JFABC) digital library is an online guide and finding aid for the rich collection of artists’ publications available in Flaxman Library Special Collections. The JFABC brings together close to ten thousand artists’ publications in all formats and media including: books, zines, multiples, video and audio recordings, digital works, periodicals, and other intimate works of art created by artists of local, national, and international significance. Focusing on materials published from the 1960s to the present, it is complemented by collections of reference works and exhibition catalogues to support in-depth research on artists’ publishing.
"La Segunda Conquista," or the second conquest, is a sculptural response to the history of colonialism and the conquest of the Aztecs by the Spaniards. The artist illustrates Catholicism by... Read more
Two accordion books bound into one cover and held in a slipcase (16 x 13 cm.) covered in walnut paper. One side contains excerpts of found text in Spanish, on the other side is a translation of the te... Read more
During a 2012 trip to the Havana Biennial, Chicago-based curator and artist Cara Megan Lewis met Havana-based artist Alejandro Figueredo Díaz-Perera. The precise details of their meeting and their sub... Read more
"In 1978, Bismark, North Dakota-native Patrick Atkinson was given a college writing course assignment about raising children. Following a theme that was popular at the time, he wrote a 7-stanza p... Read more
"Para mi Mami Mitty, una mujer con la fuerza de mover montañas." Short account of a mountain hike that a mother and her four children undertake, in the process of which they have to cross a... Read more
"The Harrison High School Walkouts is an artist book that takes an archival form based on historical events in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The book draws... Read more
"Querido Mi Amor is a Spanglish poem for my Abuelito who passed away in December 2015. He not only supported by artwork, but he motivated me to pour my soul into my work. Spanish is not my native... Read more