Beyond Codex: Living Archives

About the Exhibition

Anthony Tino and Shahar Kramer curated the work of fifteen artists for the exhibition Beyond Codex: Living Archives, which envisions archiving as a method to reimagine the potential of publishing.

The exhibition focuses on strategies of the artist as researcher, highlighting the importance of archives and archiving as records of history, and as evolving spaces for inquiry and discourse.

As a beginning, rather than an end, the living archive extends the notion of its application beyond a preservational position; rethinking the power structures of the archival system and its presumed authority as an institution of itself.

Beyond Codex: Living Archives is a meditation on the crossing and diverging pathways between personal narratives and public records, as well as the notion of accessibility within organized systems. From family records to online indexes, Beyond Codex includes works that challenge the conventions of publishing and archiving, while generating needed space for often-times under-recognized cultural heritage and texts.

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Size: 8 x 10 inches
Pages: 74, full color printing
Binding: Perfect bound, soft cover
Year: 2022

This exhibition catalogue includes essays by Shahar Kramer and Anthony Tino, illustrations of all works in the exhibition, and a foreword by CBA Executive Director Corina Reynolds.

Images courtesy the artists.


Michael Rakowitz; Mina Shoaib; Hardworking Goodlooking; Jumbo; Matjaž Tančič; Mindy Seu; Betsy Damon; Liliana Farber; Irmak Canevi & Marie von Heyl; Abie Franklin; T. Shanaathanan; Ai Weiwei, Xu Bing, & Zeng Xiaojun.

Visit the Exhibition

Beyond Codex: Living Archives is on view at Center for Book Arts (28 W 27th St, 3rd Fl) from Thursday, April 21 through Saturday, June 25, 2022.

CBA is open Monday–Thursday from 11am–6pm and Friday & Saturday from 11am–5pm. Admission is free with a suggested donation.

All visitors are required to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination upon arrival and wear a mask covering their nose and mouth at all times while on-site. If you have a medical or religious exemption to the vaccine, please contact CBA Executive Director Corina Reynolds at in advance of your visit.

Exhibition Views

Beyond Codex (2022) Center for Book Arts
3DPRK, 2016 by Matjaz Tancic. Artists' Book: screen printed box with 3D viewer and prints.
Beyond Codex (2022) Center for Book Arts
Beyond Codex (2022) Center for Book Arts
Beyond Codex (2022) Center for Book Arts
Beyond Codex (2022) Center for Book Arts
Terram in Aspectu, 2022 by Liliana Farber. Artists' Book: Inkjet prints accordion bound in aluminum covers.
a book open to image of nude man, and two closed books to its right
Black, White, and Grey Cover Books (2000) Ai Weiwei, Zeng Xiaojun, and Xu Bing
A House with Date Palm Will Never Starve, 2018 by Michael Rakowitz. Zine: laser printed.
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