Points of View: Histories of the Present

Scripps College, at the Claremont Colleges, Claremont, CA
January 9-10, 2015

Scripps College in Claremont, California will be hosting the next CBAA Annual Meeting on January 9-10, 2015.  Scripps College is one of seven members of The Claremont Colleges Consortium located 35 miles east of Los Angeles. The theme is Points of View: Histories of the Present, which focuses on the approaches to teaching the recent history of book art and on how we locate resources to support that teaching.

This theme reflects a particularly Scripps trope: in our Core Curriculum, students are not expected to just gain knowledge, but to be exposed to different points of view. They then synthesize this into their own point of view, which they are expected to be able to articulate. This is the heart of the pedagogy for our 950 women. This meeting will capitalize on the diverse interests of CBAA members and look at topics in the history of our field from three points of view: from that of a scholar, a practitioner, and a librarian/collector/historian.

PROGRAM: Over two days, we will have three sessions dividing our artist book history into three parts:
proto-artist books (Blaise Cendrars/Sonia Delaunay 1913 Transsiberièn), the 60s break from livres d’artistes (Ed Ruscha), and contemporary book art using digital technologies (Sam Winston’s A Dictionary Story). 
Each group of presentations, by CBAA members, Scripps faculty and invited speakers, will be followed by break-out sessions for small-group discussions of the ideas presented. A typed record of all presentations
and discussions will be made by volunteers, which will be available on the website after the conference.
The second day will end with a conversation with a noted book artist. For more details about the program, click

COMMITTEE MEETINGS: The CBAA Annual Meeting encourages interactions between members as well as practical discussions of the goals of the organization. To this end, we have arranged several time slots for committee meetings in order to encourage all members to participate actively. Naturally, all members will be encouraged to attend the General Meeting as well.

EXHIBITS: There will be an exhibit in the Clark Humanities Museum showing books made by CBAA members. The books will be selected by Core III students from the extensive holdings in Special Collections at Denison Library. The students will write essays about each book for a catalog of the exhibit and will prepare a DVD showing all the exhibited books. Copies of the three books discussed in the presentations will also be on exhibit at the Museum along with ancillary materials. Other exhibits from our collections will be presented at Denison Library and Honnold Library.

TOURS: There will be tours of the Scripps College Press and the First Floor Press at Honnold Library, and tours of various special collections at Denison and Honnold. Workshops on developing resources and on various book arts techniques are in the planning stages. Tours of off-campus institutions are being organized, with some of them arranged for the day before the Annual Meeting starts for those able to spend more time in LA.

ACCOMMODATIONS: We have arranged for participants to stay at the nearby (and walkable) Doubletree by Hilton Claremont, at 555 West Foothill Boulevard, Claremont, CA 91711. Phone (909) 626-2411, FAX (909) 445-1829, Reservations (800) 222-TREE (or see direct link below). A block of rooms has been reserved; each room is $119 for a single or a double, from 1/8/15 through 1/11/15. Please use the Group Name, College Book Art Association, with the Group Code: CBA when making reservations for the hotel.

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AIRPORT: The closest airport to Claremont is Ontario Airport, which is about 10 miles away. If you cannot get a reasonable rate to that airport, LAX is 55 miles away. You can schedule a SuperShuttle from each of several nearby airports for a fee.

The SuperShuttle Online Discount Code is  Z87GL  to get 10% off the normal fee for the shuttle from all nearby airports, which include Ontario (ONT), Los Angeles International (LAX), John Wayne Orange County (SNA), Long Beach (LGB) and Burbank (BUR). The link to SuperShuttle is https://www.supershuttle.com/default.aspx?GC=LNZQP.

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