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March 7, 2008

Exhibition About Censorship at Smith College

Editor’s note: To speak with artist Werner Pfeiffer or to obtain a digital photo of one of Pfeiffer’s book-objects, e-mail Marti Hobbes.

NORTHAMPTON, Mass.—Offering a visual commentary on censorship, a new exhibition of “silenced” books will be unveiled at an opening reception at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 3, in the Book Arts Gallery, Neilson Library. The event is free and open to the public.

The exhibition features 39 objects by artist Werner Pfeiffer using real books, some with pages glued together, others secured with ropes, nails, clamps and hooks. It also includes eight books created by Pfeiffer that require a reader to manipulate it in a way other than by turning its pages.

Titled “Werner Pfeiffer (censor, villain, provocateur, experimenter): Book-Objects and Artist Books,” the exhibition was organized by the Mortimer Rare Book Room and will be on display from April 1 through July 31.

During the opening reception, Pfeiffer will assemble his book “Out of the Sky: 9/11.” The artwork is a series of printed segments that, when assembled, construct a model of the World Trade Center that is nearly six feet tall. Images and names of victims of the terrorist attack are revealed when the sections are joined. The book is Pfeiffer’s tribute to the victims of the terrorist attack.

Born in Stuttgart, Germany in 1937, Pfeiffer moved to the United States in 1961. He is a professor of art at Pratt Institute in New York City and has served as a designer and art director on various projects. His books, collages, drawings, prints, paintings and sculptures have been shown internationally in nearly 200 exhibitions. After leaving Smith, the exhibition will travel to three other locations: The Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library at the University of Toronto; the Kamin Gallery in the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center at the University of Pennsylvania; and the Hirshland Gallery in the Carl A. Kroch Library at Cornell University.

For information about disability access or to request accommodations, please call (413) 585-2407. To request a sign language interpreter specifically, call (413) 585-2071 (voice or TTY) or e-mail All requests must be made at least 10 days prior to the event.

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