Online Opening Reception: Summer 2021 Exhibitions

2 page spread of green text and markings composed to various shades of green, and black. The text on the page is green.
Jill Moser and Major Jackson

Event Info

Join us for an online opening reception of three new exhibitions at Center for Book Arts. The event will include exclusive walk-throughs of each exhibition, alongside remarks by the curators of the Central Gallery exhibition, Lindsey Landfried & Ann Tarantino; artist Be Oakley, who is exhibited in the Foyer and Bindery Galleries; and Sarah Meister, the Executive Director of Aperture foundation who will introduce the PhotoBook Awards exhibition in the Print Shop gallery.

NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Center for Book Arts will hold the public opening reception online. A Zoom link will be sent in an email to all registrants.

Summer Reading

Opening in July—the high season of leisure reading and scholastic book challenges—Center for Book Arts presents Summer Reading, an exhibition of works by contemporary artists who take creative approaches to the book, text, and language. The book, in this exhibition, is complemented or subverted, with artists investigating the tradition of artist’s books as an artistic structure, storytelling in visual art, the narrative possibilities of language, the communicative potential of storylines, and the object-ness of material in circulation.In including prints, sculptures, and works on paper that explore the design and aesthetics of language, this exhibition celebrates the relationship between reading and making. Summer Reading extends beyond the gallery walls to include featured reading lists culled by the artist participants and associated lending lists for all ages, developed with our local partner libraries.

Imperfect Archiving/Archiving as Practice

Imperfect Archiving/Archiving as Practice is a reading room by GenderFail Archive. This reading room engages with the slowing down, digesting and reimagining of how archives are shared in public spaces. With the resurgence of small press publishing and artist publishing practices it is important to define and expand the possibilities of the archive. GenderFail Archive Project reading rooms are a response to the lack of imagination and criticality in many reading rooms at intuitions, galleries and other art focused spaces. The main goal of the GenderFail Archive Project is to connect people to zines, art books and artists books that GenderFail founder Be Oakley has collected over many years. The GenderFail Archive highlights contemporary publishing from the perspective of a contemporary artist publisher.

2020 Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards

The Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards, founded in 2012 to celebrate the photobook’s contributions to the evolving narrative of photography, comprise three major categories: First PhotoBook, PhotoBook of the Year, and Photography Catalogue of the Year. This exhibition includes the thirty-five books shortlisted for the awards in 2020.

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