Published in conjunction with the exhibition Odd Volumes: Book Art from the Allan Chasanoff Collection, organized by the Yale University Art Gallery. November 7, 2014- February 1, 2015
"Odd Volumes: Book Art from the Allan Chasanoff Collection introduces a wonderfully surprising body of work to Yale University Art Gallery Audiences. The artists included in this exhibition take as their point of departure the form of the book, the experience of reading, and the associations evoked by books. The resulting works of art are remarkably varied given this shared subject, but they each stand as exceptional aesthetic objects in their own right.
Odd Volumes marks the ninth student-curated exhibition mounted by the Gallery since 2006. The student curators include four undergraduate and two graduate students: Andrew Hawkes, Ashley James, Jessica Kempner, Sinclaire Marrber, Elizabeth Mattison and Colleen McDermott." --introduction by Franks.
"Odd Volumes showcases a selection of experimental and innovative works of book art from the 1960s to the present, drawn from a major collection given to the Yale University Art Gallery by Allan Chasanoff, B.A. 1961. An introduction by Gallery director Jock Reynolds considers the book's changing role in society and is followed by several brief essays that explore the transformation of books into sculptural objects from multiple perspectives: the history of book art, the relationship between form and content, and the interaction between the viewer and the work. The lavishly illustrated catalogue offers both full images and details of more than 100 objects and also includes an interview with Chasanoff, who discusses his views on digital technology and the collecting process. In keeping with the innovative spirit of the collection, the unique design of the catalogue makes it a work of interactive book art in its own right."--Yale University Art Gallery website.