The Center for Book Arts presents three new exhibitions that showcase the book as a socially engaged space: Poetry is Not a Luxury curated by Maymanah Farhat, Sanctuary, and The Reverse of Landscape: Catalina De La Cruz. 28 W. 27th St., Floor 3, New York, NY 10001 Exhibitions are open to the public Jul. 19 through Sep. 21, 2019. 11a.m.-5p.m. Mon.-Sat.
Press Preview at 5:45pm on July 18, 2019
Opening Reception will be held Thursday, July 18, 2019 Public Reception at 6:30pm RSVP Here
Poetry Is Not a Luxury considers how book arts have contributed to the recording of oppositional subjectivities in the U.S. The exhibition is titled after Audre Lorde’s 1977 essay on the intersections of creativity and activism that were not only essential to her own work but to a diverse group of feminist thinkers at the time. Recognizing that both creative work and activism are driven by subjectivity, Lorde argues that for women poetry is not a luxury but a vital necessity, as it provides a framework through which survival and the desire for change can be articulated, conceptualized, and transformed into meaningful action.
Curated by Maymanah Farhat
Featured artists: Aurora De Armendi with Adriana Mendez Rodenas; Zeina Barakeh; Janine Biunno; Ana Paula Cordeiro; Joyce Dallal; Nancy Genn; Gelare Khoshgozaran; Brenda Louie; Nancy Morejon with Ronaldo Estevez Jordan and Marciel Ruiz; Katherine Ng; Miné Okubo; Martha Rosler; Zeinab Saab; Jacqueline Reem Salloum; Patricia Sarrafian Ward; Jana Sim; Sable Elyse Smith; Patricia Tavenner; Christine Wong Yap; and Helen Zughaib.
The Reverse of Landscape is a Featured Artist Project by Catalina De La Cruz. Through a series of photographic works identified as a “Photochemical Book”, Cruz explores the deserts of Chile and Peru as spaces with imposed limitations, in which natural and manmade structures struggle to survive. Through chromatic, graphic, architectural, spatial, and referential inquiries on the landscapes, the artist books–which have been produced using 19th century photochemical printing–are used to interrogate the visual, material, and conceptual narratives within the photographs, to create new visual contemporary poetics.
The theme of the 2019 Artist Members Exhibition at the Center for Book Arts is centered in the artistic exploration of Sanctuary; how can the book arts be used as a tool to create and facilitate notions of inclusion and safety? How can the book be used to imagine new possibilities for Sanctuary? Artists delve into the conceptuality and physicality of safe space creation, in conjunction with the theoretical and applied practices of bookmaking.
The Center for Book Arts promotes active explorations of both contemporary and traditional artistic practices related to the book as an art object. The Center seeks to facilitate communication between the book arts community and the larger spheres of contemporary visual and literary arts, while being a model organization locally, nationally, and internationally within the field. We achieve this through exhibitions, classes, public programming, literary presentations, opportunities for artists and writers, publications, and collecting.
Support for the Center for Book Arts’ Visual Arts Program 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.
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