“I open my eyes and see myself under a tree laden with fruit that I cannot name.”

On view at the Center for Book Arts Monday through Saturday, 11am till 5pm, January 17 through March 28, 2020. Storytelling is a central component of societal development across centuries and cultures. Whether used as a tool to recall history, preserve identity, or to transmit morals, it is a means for understanding and sharing human […]

Warren Lehrer: Books, Animation, Performance, Collaboration

On view at the Center for Book Arts Foyer Gallery: January 17 through March 28, 2020. Warren Lehrer: Books, Animation, Performance, Collaboration explores Warren Lehrer’s approach to visualizing poetry and prose in multi-branched projects through books, typography, animation, performance, and collaboration. The centerpiece is Lehrer’s newest book/project, Five Oceans in a Teaspoon, a collaboration with […]

The Traveling Artist: Journals Lydia Rubio

The Center for Book Arts presents The Traveling Artist: Journals by Lydia Rubio. This exhibition features artistic documentation of artist Lydia Rubio’s travel narratives across linguistic and geographic landscapes. The works record the artist’s experiences across a variation of calligraphic, drawing and poetic compositions. This exhibition includes multiple series of work including The Genius Loci […]

Clarissa Sligh: Witnessing Through Artist’s Books

The Center for Book arts is pleased to present the solo project Witnessing Through Artist’s Books by Clarissa Sligh. Clarissa Sligh engages with the book format to document, deconstruct and redress the structural oppression witnessed throughout her lifetime. Sourcing from U.S. history and her lived experiences growing up in the Jim Crow South, Sligh’s artist’s […]

Poetry is not a Luxury

CURATED BY MAYMANAH FARHAT July 19 through September 20, 2019 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 […]

The Reverse of Landscape: Catalina De La Cruz

JULY 19 – SEPTEMBER 21, 2019 Through a series of photographic works identified as a “Photochemical Book”, Catalina De La Cruz explores the desert 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 […]


JULY 19 – SEPTEMBER 21, 2019 ARTISTS: IOULIA AKHMADEEVA, AILEEN BASSIS, LEOPOLDO BLOOM, ELIZABETH CASTALDO, PAM COOPER, BÉATRICE CORON, GAIL SMUDA Since 1974, the Center for Book Arts has been committed to artistic expression and exploration of the structural and conceptual possibilities of the Book. This year we are reaffirming our commitment to provide opportunities for all to […]