Codex in Context at the SMFA Library

Books! Artists! Artists talking about Artists’ Books!
Codex in Context launches Podcast conversations reviewing SMFA Library artists’ books:


These conversations highlight the themes and ideas explored in Chantal Zakari's Codex in Context class and the rich Artists’ Book collection available through the Tufts SMFA Library.

The morning session of the Codex in Context seminar began in the SMFA Library as the class reviewed and discussed relevant books. These conversations occurred within feet of SMFA’s newly featured WaveFarm Radio booth. Chantal suggested we use this exciting resource which allows the class to extend these conversations, and allow new listeners to tune in.

Enjoy and please share!

About the Class:

Codex in Context is a School of the Museum of Fine Arts class taught by Chantal Zakari, through which graduate and undergraduate students explore the possibilities of the digitally designed and published artist’s book.

Throughout the course of one semester students are introduced to a variety of books which illustrate concept/design; learning to discuss and constructively critique text/type, voice, audience, sequencing and more.

By the end of the semester, each student will have created an authentic book which the artist may independently publish and reproduce through services offered by digital publication companies like Lulu and blurb.

*Conversations will be played according to the SMFA Wave Farm Calendar, please follow this link to check for air dates/times/replays

#1. In Conversation with Ralph Robinson: Pictures from Home by Larry Sultan

Available at the SMFA Library call #: TR681.F28 S85 1992

(*located in special collections)
Book created in class: Pictures from an Expedition Ralph's website:

#2. In Conversation with Parker Milliken: Holy Bible by Oliver Chanarin and Adam Broomberg

Available at the SMFA Library call #: N7433.4.B79 H65 2013

(*located in special collections)
Book created in class: The End of Times
#3. In Conversation with Camille Shimshak: The Address Book by Sophie Calle

Located at the SMFA Library Call #: TR647 .C347 2012

Book Created in Class: Me Through You
Camille's website:

#4. Featuring Natalia Leginowicz and personally selected artist’s book– to be recorded and added soon!

Natalia's website:

Special thanks to Darin Murphy, Lauren Kimball-Brown and the SMFA library staff, and Tufts University Art Galleries for hosting the Wave Farm Radio Station at the SMFA Library.




7:45am - 1:00am