Exhibition: My Life is an Open Book: D.I.Y. Autobiography
Dates: January 14 – April 13, 2013
A significant form of expression in the punk cultures of the 1980s and 1990s, contemporary zines continue to provide an important platform for authors—or zinesters—in a distinct genre. As part of a feminist punk rock subculture known as riot grrrl, women zinesters became prominent in the 1990s; women are an integral voice in the zine community.
Politics, music and autobiography are standard zine topics. Known as ‘perzines’ (personal + zine), autobiographical zines form an increasingly large percentage of contemporary zine publishing. Drawn from a developing collection within Special Collections, the zines on display are perzines primarily produced by women. Representing the 1990s to the present day, topics range from extremely frank accounts of physical and psychological trauma to playful pictographic series. Additional materials outside the zine genre have been selected to provide some historical context to these do-it-yourself autobiographical works.
At the Special Collections Research Center Exhibition Gallery
1100 East 57th Street, Chicago
Hours: Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–4:45 p.m.; Saturdays: 9:00 a.m.–12:45 p.m. when classes are in session, January 19 – March 16 and April 7
Curator: Sarah G. Wenzel, Bibliographer for Literatures of Europe & the Americas, The University of Chicago Library
February 22, 2013, 5:30 p.m.: Exhibition Opening. Readings by Carrie Colpitts, Danny Resner, Grace Tran, and Corinne Mucha beginning at 6:30. Special Collections Research Center, 1100 East 57th Street, Chicago, IL
February 27, 2013: 5 p.m. Exhibit tour by curator followed by 6:45 p.m. lecture by Professor Hillary Chute on “Forms and Formats of Autobiography” sponsored by the Library Society. Special Collections Research Center, 1100 East 57th Street, Chicago, IL Registration encouraged.
March 7, 2013, 5 p.m.: For University of Chicago students: Make-a-zine. Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 East 60th Street, Chicago, IL
March 8-9, 2013: Chicago Zine Fest, Columbia College, Chicago IL
April 6, 2013: The Caxton Club/Newberry Library Symposium on the Book presents “OUTSIDERS: Zines, Samizdat, and Alternative Publishing,” exploring the world of the alternative press with experts from around the country.The Newberry Library, 60 West Walton Street, Chicago, IL. www.caxtonclub.org
Use of Images
These images from the exhibition are available for members of the media, and are reserved for editorial use in connection with the University of Chicago Library exhibitions, programs, or related news. Email Rachel Rosenberg (phone: 773-834-1519) or Joseph Scott (phone: 773-702-6655) to request high-resolution images.