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PEEP SHOW: Books from the Art Library X Room

August 24, 2016
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PEEP SHOW: Books from the Art Library X Room is on display now through the end of September in the Art Library, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. This case exhibit features a selection of materials from the Art Library’s rare book room, which is known as the “X Room” from its listing in the library catalog.

The Art Library’s rare book collection features about 1,000 books published between 1501 and the present, ranging from facsimiles of illuminated manuscripts and incunabula to one-of-a-kind artists’ books.

Titles on display in PEEP SHOW include Gods' Man: A Novel in Woodcuts by the distinguished wood engraver Lynd Ward, cartoonist Lynda Barry’s Naked Ladies Naked Ladies Naked Ladies: Coloring Book, and Staatliches Bauhaus, Weimar, 1919-1923, the first book published by the Bauhaus art school.

According to art librarian Megan Lotts, the display is an opportunity to showcase a collection of materials that may be unfamiliar to the Rutgers community in one way or another. “In some cases, these are materials that most individuals would not be able to afford. In many cases, the materials are no longer in print or only limited runs were created,” explained Lotts. “Some of these books are very interesting in that they break the ideas or norms of what a book is.”

For more information about the display or the Art Library’s rare book collection, visit the PEEP SHOW libguide.