Rockford Art Museum (RAM) opens new art exhibition Buzz Spector: Reading Matter on Friday, February 4th. Members Opening and Gallery Walk with Buzz Spector happens at 5:15 PM and is open to Rockford Art Museum members as well as anyone with a Rockford Public Library card. The free public opening happens from 7 to 8:30 PM.
RAM is located inside the Riverfront Museum Park building at 711 North Main Street in downtown Rockford, Illinois. Proof of vaccination is required to attend the members and public opening, however, vaccination is not required to tour the exhibition in the weeks following the opening. Masks are required at all times while in the galleries. The exhibition remains on view through May 29, 2022; galleries are open Thursday through Sunday from 10 AM to 5 PM with free general admission thanks to a sponsorship from Liz Dickinson.
In Reading Matter the artist will show his large-format Polaroid photographs of books, whether from his own library or from various private or public collections. This rarely exhibited body of work will show the range of Buzz’s interest in the books others read or collect. Also on view will be Buzz’s drawings and prints, dating back to the 1970s. The centerpiece of the show is a new book construction for the museum, using more than 5,000 books donated from the Rockford and Evanston Public Libraries.
Buzz Spector: Reading Matter is organized by Rockford Art Museum Curator, Carrie Johnson. Free admission is sponsored by Liz Dickinson. The exhibition and its related educational programming are sponsored and supported by the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois, Partners in Excellence Grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency and Women’s Art Board of Rockford Art Museum. Special thanks to Evanston Public Library and Rockford Public Library for their help in procuring thousands of books for this exhibition.