“Book artists often embrace several muses simultaneously, and their books demonstrate these relationships,” explains recently retired museum curator Krystyna Wasserman. She spent a career collecting artists’ books of every shape and size, more than 1,000 of them. Wasserman’s more than 30-year collection granted the National Museum of Women in the Arts one of the most widely renowned archives of artists’ books in the world. Defined as any work that uses the book as an art object, what qualifies as “book art” seems limitless. Among featured pieces in the museum’s Bound to Amaze exhibition are Elisabetta Gut’s “Libro-Seme,” a dried tropical fruit with sheet music bound inside, and Sandra March’s “Ès quan dorms que hi veig clar,” a linen pillow-like tome with drawings of people asleep on every page. True to the museum’s theme, many works convey feminist messages: In “Desdemona in Her Own Words,” artist Emily Martin rearranges dialogue from Othello beside colorful abstract drawings to retell Shakespeare’s classic from the perspective of the title character’s slain wife. Highlighting the unexpected ways the written word and visual art can intersect, Bound to Amaze undoubtedly lives up to its name. Read more>>> The exhibition is on view to Nov. 25, 2018 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave NW. $8–$10. (202) 783-5000. nmwa.org. (Rose Shafer)
OH AND ALSO
In honor of the 55th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, writer Jamie Stiehm speaks about the event and its long-lasting impacts at West End Library. 6:30 p.m. at 2301 L St. NW. Free.
Folk rock singer-songwriter Aaron Lee Tasjan performs at Union Stage. 8 p.m. at 740 Water St. SW. $15.
The Anacostia Arts Center hosts local funk and soul band Aztec Sun. 7 p.m. at 1231 Good Hope Road SE. Free.
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