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Artist as Activist: the Work of Maureen Cummins

Thursday April 25, 2024 7:00pm (doors open at 6:45)

University of Washington Libraries

Maureen Cummins will present a body of work that dates back to the late nineties, when she began producing “re-created” books out of found materials, utilizing original photographs, documents and everyday ephemera in order to explore new and disturbing meanings. She will discuss strategies she uses to draw the reader/viewer into difficult or complex subject matter and will also describe the evolution of her working process, from dumpster-diving in Brooklyn to being an artist-in-residence in major research archives—Duke University, Weir Farm, the American Antiquarian Society, and others.


Maureen Cummins was born in 1963 and is a native New Yorker. She graduated from Cooper Union where she studied Graphic Design, Printmaking and Book Arts. Since 1990 she has produced over forty limited edition books, including projects based on slave narratives, the Salem Witch trials, turn-of-the-century gay love letters, the gendered history of psychosurgery, and the oral histories of Syrian and Iraqi refugees. Cummins is represented in over one hundred permanent public collections and has received over a dozen grants and funded residencies, including a Pollock-Krasner award.


This in-person program will not be recorded.



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The Special Collections Classroom in the basement of Suzzallo Library. Enter Suzzallo Library from the West (R(ed Square) entrance and walk through the middle of the building to the Allen Library where the crow sculpture is overheard. Turn right and take the elevators to the basement level. The entrance to the classroom is around the corner to the right.


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