Winter 2021 Exhibitions: Reserve Your Visit

a dark gallery with books displayed on hanging tables with dramatic lighting
Out of Sight, Beyond Touch (2021) Center for Book Arts

Event Info

Exhibitions are open to the public at
28 W 27th St, 3rd Fl
New York, NY 10001

Monday-Saturday 11am-4pm

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Center for Book Arts will be open to the public at an extremely limited capacity, allowing up to 3 persons or parties of people in at a time. In order to enter CBA, please agree to abide by all of the safety protocols in your confirmation email.

Curated by Maryam Ghoreishi, Out of Sight, Beyond Touch not only investigates the sense of sight, but also of touch. Through the artworks of Amina Ahmed, Bahman Mohammadi, Masoumeh Mohtadi, and Shirin Salehi, each of these senses— either acting alone or working together— reminds the visitor of the vital role of discovery and understanding that sight and touch play together in determining tactile sensations. Visitors’ interactions with each artwork imply the concept of mystery via confrontations with unfamiliar objects or situations. While some works are covered and may only be touched, some can only be viewed, not touched: each concealing a different approach, resulting in the process of discovery. The exhibition is also designed with a reading section containing multiple books in English, Farsi, and Spanish, with a sculpture by Ramyar Vala.These books have been used either by the artists in the exhibition as conceptual sources or by the curator in her research, thus revealing the research and construction process. In accompaniment to the exhibition, there will be a panel discussion with the artists and researchers, a master class with Shirin Salehi, and an interactive lecture with Amina Ahmed.

The 2019 Scholars in Advanced Studies in the Book Arts and Workspace Artists in Residence will be exhibiting work produced over the course of their one-year residency at Center for Book Arts in their group exhibition, New Book Art, featuring work by Slavko Djuric, Keith Graham, Christina Martinelli, Jennifer Grimyser, Adama Delphine Fawundu, Jihyun Hong, Kathleen Ma, Laura Nova, and Kevin Umaña.

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