Client: Anne Dorothee Boehme and the Betty Rymer Gallery
Description: CD-ROM, with seven offset printed booklets, housed in a custom-designed, vacuum-formed acrylic box
The Consistency of Shadows : Exhibition Catalogs as Autonomous Works of Art was an exhibition that investigated relationships between catalogs and the exhibitions they document and represent. Featuring approximately 120 exhibition catalogs from the 1960s to the present, the exhibition highlighted ways that these documents depart from their usual function as mere memory of an event and instead function as works of art. It was the first significant show of its kind focusing on catalogs created by artists for their own exhibitions. The catalog for the exhibition is also designed as a work of art, including custom package design by Kevin Henry and an experimental, interactive CD-ROM by Ben Chang. The exhibition was curated by Anne Dorothee Boehme, special collections librarian at the Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection.
The catalog for Consistency of Shadows received a 2004 IDEA Award (Industrial Design Excellence Award) from the Industrial Design Society of America, and a 2003 Good Design Award from the Chicago Athenaeum.
For more information about the exhibition, or to order a copy of the catalog, please visit the website for SAIC’s Sullivan Galleries Publications.