Athenaeum Music & Arts Library Joseph Clayes III Gallery

Joseph Clayes III Gallery


Joyce Cutler-Shaw: Library Duet

September 23 - November 4, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, September 22, 6:30-8:30 PM

The Alphabet of Bones in Motion, a special dance performance: Wednesday, October 25, 7:30 PM


Joyce Cutler-Shaw is an artist of intermedia, including drawings, installations, public commissions and artist’s books. Library Duet is a joint exhibition of Joyce’s work at both the UCSD Geisel Library and the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library.


For Library Duet, the Athenaeum will exhibit a retrospective of artist’s books by Joyce Cutler-Shaw, all of which the Athenaeum has in its permanent collection. At the UCSD Geisel Library, Joyce will exhibit the Alphabet of Bones which they have on permanent display and the Brain Project which is a current work. The Brain Project shows her recent diagnosis of Corticobasal Syndrome and degeneration with brain scans in various forms, tunnel books with movies, and recent handwriting and drawing samples.


Joyce’s artworks since 1972 include two and three dimensional language images for private and public sites around the world. Drawing is her primary language, from two-dimensional pen and ink works on paper, to their sculptural translations. She is the first visual artist to be appointed Artist-In-Residence, as a Visiting Scholar by the School of Medicine at the University of California San Diego, and the first nationally, to have such a medical school residency for an independent fine art project, entitled The Anatomy Lesson. Her subjects are human identity and the natural world. Her themes are evolution and survival: from reptile into bird, from mammal to human, and from human, perhaps, to humane.


Her works are held in both museum and library special collections including New York's Museum of Modern Art, the 42nd Street Library, the Albertina Museum in Austria, The Teylers Museum in the Netherlands, the Wellcome Institute in London, the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., and in California, at the Getty Museum Library, The University of California San Diego and the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library.