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New artworks will be presented to the public by three young artists who have recently completed a year-long project-based residency at the Center. Finishing their residency in September 2016, and having 3 extra months to finalize artworks, Shana Agid, Wayne Kleppe, and Elizabeth Sheehan, will each present two to three new works produced during their residency.Find out more »
From the divergent personal stories behind the Coalition of the Many in Iraq, to threat of a community in lock-down in a Boston suburb, these books tell the story behind the fights that interweave the personal and political. This featured Artist Project will highlight 5 books with associated installation that investigating political conflicts within community perspectives, including They Came To Baghdad (2013) begins with colonial symbols embedded in Agatha Christie’s book covers, and ends with a breakdown of economic benefactors in the of the reconstruction effort after the Iraq War and Lockdown Archive (2015) is a collection of web images uploaded both by media and local citizens during the search for the Boston Marathon terrorist and in the process describes the overly militarized response and a portrait of a small town living under siege. Zakari with Mandel combine research methods and strategies borrowed from various disciplines such as photography, documentary, performance, storytelling, installation, graphic design, and social interventions. Text and language is an inherent part of our work: interviews, personal narrative, found text. The book format allows us to develop and idea in much greater detail and create dialogues outside the gallery wall where it can reach a variety of audiences.Find out more »
As an extension of the broad survey Social Paper, co-curated by Jessica Cochran and Melissa Potter in 2014, Pulp as Portal adds to growing discourse around the contemporary art of hand papermaking as socially engaged art. The exhibition reveals the artist’s book—specifically bookworks, publications, zines and printed matter—as both artwork and outcome: How do hand papermakers today animate the ethos of social engagement, activism, community, and collectivity in the processes they employ to make paper? How are these ideas at play and embodied in the resulting books and printed matter?
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Known as a radical in the book arts world, our 2016 Faculty Fellow, Amos P. Kennedy, Jr., challenges notions of the preciousness of the books to deal with issues of class, economy, and race. I Am Negro features two new printing project installations.Find out more »
Time Traveler features recent books, broadsides, and text-based drawings produced in thread and fabric using an industrial sewing machine and a computerized embroidery machine. Marks’ artworks depict a present time that is profoundly informed by the past, often re-imagined, and also includes fantasies of the future.Find out more »
Organized by Nicolás Dumit Estévez, performance artist and Independent Curator.
Enacting the Text : Performing with Words gives center stage to artist books, letters, notes, scripts, and texts produced side-by-side with or in complicity with transient gestures.
FEATURED ARTIST PROJECT
Organized by Alexander Campos, Executive Director & Curator, Center for Book Arts, and Peter Schell, Artist, Instructor, and Naturalist.
As the annual artist members’ exhibition, including invited artists, this exhibition presents artists’ books and related works that employ one or more of the senses: hearing, smell, sight, taste, and touch. Alternatively, some works conjure a conceptual idea using one (or more) of the senses, or poetically evoke the senses.Find out more »
Organized by Jaishri Abichandani, Independent Curator and former director, SAWCC
One of the most enduring and influential books in global popular culture is A Thousand and One Nights. Understood as an amalgamation of fables originating from West and South Asia, its main protagonist is the fictional Queen Sheherzade, whose stories are told to countless young girls from North Africa to South East Asia.Find out more »
2015 Workspace Artists-in-Residence: Aravind Adyanthaya, Joseph Cuillier, Glen Einbinder, Nontsikelelo Mutiti, and Brad Thiele
FEATURED ARTIST PROJECT
Organized by Alexander Campos, Executive Director & Curator, Center for Book Arts
In 2015, Aravind Adyanthaya, Joseph Cuillier, Glen Einbinder, Nontsikelelo Mutiti, and Brad Thiele were selected as artists-in-residence. This group show will feature the work completed by these artists last year at the Center.Find out more »
FEATURED ARTIST PROJECT
Organized by Alexander Campos, Executive Director & Curator, The Center for Book Arts
Obstruction is a collaborative project between Rosemarie Chiarlone, artist, and Susan Weiner, poet. The work investigates women's struggle for authenticity within societal constraints in relation to clothing through a variety of visual and textual formats.Find out more »