“Speaking Volumes. The New Woman’s Survival Catalog”, in Journal de l’Université d’été de la Bibliothèque Kandinsky n° 5, 2019, p.451-463.
An introduction to the New Woman’s Survival Catalog , a rather overlooked feminist publication of the early 1970s, and an unexpected offshoot of the counterculture and DIY publishing movement that sprung from the release of the Whole Earth Catalog in 1968. Of particular interest here is how the New Woman’s Survival Catalog reflects on its own making and documents it in its pages—suggesting the reader to take matters into her own hands—which Loraine Furter highlights with a selection of reproductions from the book.
Furter’s discussion of the New Woman’s Survival Catalog is part of her ongoing research project, Speaking Volumes, that deals with feminist publishing in the arts, and more broadly as a form of activism. During the sessions of the Summer University, Furter insisted that the history of artists’ books should be particularly attentive to initiatives by women, minorities, underrepresented and unrecognized artists, and shouldn’t replicate the same bias, and the same hierarchies, as art history, since, as she puts it: “The common narrative includes the notion that artists’ books provide an alternative. The question to add, at this point: an alternative for whom?”
This article is part of the research project Speaking Volumes (2017-ongoing).
June 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0.