Friday 18 October 


1:00 pm

Registration for all attendees


2:00 pm

Welcoming Remarks

Mark Samuels Lasner, Collector, University of Delaware Library Scholar


2:15 pm - 2:50 pm

Keynote Remarks: Navigating the Bibliosphere: Some lessons I have learned after 45 years of designing books and exhibitions, operating a professional letterpress printing business, and organizing CODEX related events. 

Peter Rutledge Koch, Printer, Publisher, Co-founder of The CODEX Foundation


2:50 pm - 3:05 pm

15-minute break


3:05 pm - 4:20 pm

Session 1 (part one): Collecting art in the form of books and why does it matter?

Sessions one and two set the agenda and purpose of the symposium. We have invited professional curators dedicated to developing deep collections of the “book as a work of art” to explore the traditional categories of collecting as well as the evolving and expanding arts of the book in the 21st Century.

Roberto Trujillo, Stanford University Library

Ruth Rogers, Wellesley College Library

Marcia Reed, Getty Research Institute

Mark Dimunation, Library of Congress

Moderator: Paul van Capelleveen, National Library of the Netherlands


4:20 pm - 4:35 pm

15-minute break


4:35 pm - 5:50 pm

Session 1 (part 2): Collecting art in the form of books and why does it matter?

Tony White, Thomas J. Watson Library, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

David Faulds, The Bancroft Library

Stephanie Stillo, Library of Congress

Nina M. Schneider, The Clark Library at UCLA

Moderator: John Buchtel, Boston Athenaeum


6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

Reception with refreshments


Saturday 19 October 


9:00 am

Coffee and Tea for Attendees


10:00 am - 11:15 am

Session 2: The contemporary book: Collecting outside the borders

The first CODEX Book Fair was originally inspired by visiting national / regional book fairs in France, the United States, Germany, Mexico, England and Australia. The subsequent biennial CODEX International Book Fairs and Symposia grew in direct response to a much needed international marketplace dedicated to private press, high-craft / high concept contemporary artist’s books. Inviting Canadian and a dozen European artists & printers to join us at CODEX 2007 was just the beginning of an expanding global network. CODEX has exploded and now includes South Africa, Egypt, Israel, Korea, China, Japan, Australia, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Codex Nordica (Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Sweden), etc. Creating publications, exhibitions, and symposia on an international scale, CODEX presents unique challenges and inventive solutions to the development of global collecting strength and diversity.

Ruth Rogers, Wellesley College Library

David Faulds, The Bancroft Library

Paul van Capelleveen, National Library of the Netherlands

Jack Ginsberg, Collector and bibliophile

Moderator: Roberto Trujillo, Stanford University Library


11:15 am - 11:30 am 

15-minute break


11:30 am - 12:45 pm

Session 3: Mastery and Making : craft in support of concept the third stream

The essence of CODEX is high-craft married to high-concept—a powerful combination that is both challenging and inspiring. Master printers and artists who take their discipline to material heights and conceptual extremes are questioning the nature of the book arts. The traditional arts & crafts principles of connoisseurship and the arts (and tools) of letterpress printing, printmaking, paper making and bookbinding are adapting and absorbing new technologies and facing up to the risks and challenges that arise from the deep and mercurial complexities of our own time. Among artists seeking a lodestone in a world of rapid and extreme change, mastery is gaining favor and, once again, becoming acknowledged as an essential element in the aesthetic canon.

Didier Mutel, Artist & printmaker

Clemens Tobias Lange, Artist & printer

Veronika Schäpers, Artist & printer

Russell Maret, Author, artist, & printer

Moderator: Mark Dimunation, Library of Congress


12:45 pm - 2:15 pm

lunch break


2:15 pm - 3:30 pm

Session 4: Critical reception, publishing, and the documentation of the book arts

Due to the extreme malleability and transgression of traditional bibliographic and bibliophilic categories in the contemporary book arts (merging media, literature, history, criticism, philosophy, etc.) and the departmental nature of institutional collecting and documentation, crossing borders and disciplines is a necessary practice. Art collecting, traditionally the preserve of private collectors and museums, is rapidly becoming part of the collecting charge of libraries that aspire to cultural relevance in the changing field of the art of the book. Libraries are leading the way. In fact, American libraries are becoming the largest market for contemporary book arts, worldwide. Where and how are international and comprehensive collections being formed and how will we break down the existing categories to enable curators to function across traditional boundaries? Do catalogues and critical publications benefit collection development in research libraries and provide adequate tools to work with?

Paul van Capelleveen, National Library of the Netherlands

Peter Koch, Printer, publisher, The CODEX Foundation

Stefan Soltek, The Klingspor Museum Offenbach

Moderator: Betty Bright, Curator & independent scholar


3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Coffee break


4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

Session 5: Peter Koch Printer in context

Peter Rutledge Koch began his practice as a writer/printer/publisher in 1975, at the dawn of a digital printing revolution and the rise of the artists’ book. What began as an idealistic foray into small press literary publishing, evolved into a prolonged study and apprenticeship in typography and printing. Initially attracted to the forms of ancient Greece and the Italian renaissance, Koch’s work has developed into an art practice based on his observations and reflections on the destruction of the American West. Over his nearly 45-year career, his work has continued to change and develop, drawing on both cultural and personal historical sources, as he has attempted to fashion what Sandra Kirshenbaum characterized as the “Third Stream Book,” an artform in the making.

Betty Bright, Curator & independent scholar

David Jury, Author, designer, printer, and lecturer Cambridge School of Art

Aaron Parrett, Author, scholar, and printer

Timothy Murray, Head, Special Collections, University of Delaware Library

Moderator: Roberto Trujillo, Stanford University Libraries


5:15 pm - 5:30 pm

15-minute break


5:30 pm - 6:15 pm

Session 6: CODEX Effect

The CODEX Foundation has emerged to represent the global reach of the high-craft spectrum in both art and literature.  The biennial CODEX International Book Fair, Symposia and publications have affected the lives of a great number of artists, bookbinders, curators, collectors, librarians, papermakers, printers, and writers as well as welcoming the public interest in the book as a work of art. This session will be open to question & answer / audience participation.

Susan Filter, Art conservator, CODEX Board of Directors

Russell Maret, Artist, printer, and publisher

Moderator: Susan Filter, Art conservator, CODEX Board of Directors