Archive Bound

Curated by Karen E. Jones.

Archive Bound examines methodologies within the presentation, documentation, historiography, and exhibition display of non-object based and site-specific artworks. Additionally, the exhibition includes books, photographs, and ephemera associated with Conceptual, Performance, and Site-Specific Art practices. Several first generation avant-garde figures lay the groundwork for a discourse on the contemporary utilization of these crucial genres.


Guerilla Girls, Ana Mendieta, Martha Rosler, Situationist International, Seth Siegelaub and Robert Projensky, and Martha Wilson, who laid the groundwork for a discourse on the contemporary utilization of these crucial genres. Contemporary figures such as Justin Amrhein, Sophie Calle, Paul Chan, Aurora DeArmendi, Rainer Ganahl, Jacqueline Goss & Jenny Perlin, Thomas Hirschhorn, Sasha Huber, Liz Magic Laser, Karyn Olivier, Cory Arcangel, Laylah Ali, Jacqueline DeJong, David Wojnarowicz and Marion Scecmama, James Romberger and Mauguerite Van Cook

Karen E. Jones has curated over ten international exhibitions that include publications such as Exceeding Paint/Expanding Painting (Pratt Manhattan Gallery) and Photo Paradigm (Culture Gallery, Finland). Her exhibitions have consistently been reviewed internationally. Jones teaches art history at universities such as the City University of New York (CUNY), Fordham and the New School. Jones completed the Whitney Independent Study Program in Curatorial Studies and the DeAppel Curatorial Programme, Amsterdam. She studied Modern Art in the Columbia University Art History Ph.D. Program. Jones was a Whitney-Lauder Curatorial Fellow at the Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA). She currently serves on the Executive Board of the International Studio and Curatorial program, Bushwick.

Support for the Center for Book Arts’ visual arts programming is provided, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Exhibition Views

Archive Bound
Archive Bound (2015) Center for Book Arts
Sasha Huber
an mp3 player sits on top of a CD tower
Since U Been Gone (2015) Cory Archangel
a woman mimics the posture of a man throwing away a piece of trash in the background
Like You Le Mouvement (2014) Liz Magic Laser
A woman mimics the posture of a woman leaning on an ice cream cart int he background
Like You Le Mouvement (2014) Liz Magic Laser
a stack of books with black cover
Gramsci Monument (2015) Thomas Hirschhorn, Photo by Don Stahl
10 green superheroes fly through a powder blue field
The Greenhorns (2015) Layla Ali
woman stand in kitchen with arms crossed in an x
Semiotics of the Kitchen (1975) Martha Rosler
blue book with mechanical drawing of orchid parts
Mechanical Orchid Parts Catalogue (2015) Justin Amrhein
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