A closer look into the meaning of Show & Tell
A message from the creators
Show & Tell presents twelve artists’ books in a manner that challenges what the viewer would expect from a typical show-and-tell event. Rather than having children share their toys and mementos with an audience of their classmates, the artists provoke auditory and visual engagement through stories, reminiscences, and interactivity. This exhibition shows the potential of books when thought of outside of the standard codex (a set of pages bound along one edge), and how surprising shapes and arrangements can pair with messages and meanings. Some works present in a way that relies on form and visual elements to tell a story (show), others rely on written narratives (tell), and some involve both.
This exhibition was developed and curated by undergraduate students in the Spring 2021 “Museum Object” class in the FSU Department of Art History. Much gratitude to our project partners at FSU Libraries Special Collections & Archives and the Small Craft Advisory Press (SCAP).