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Summer Opening Reception
July 19, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Join us for a reception to celebrate the opening of our Summer 2019 Exhibitions:
Poetry is Not a Luxury
Catalina De La Cruz – Featured Artist Project: The Reverse of Landscape
Sanctuary: Artist Member Exhibition
Thursday, July 18, 2019
Members’ Reception: 5:45pm
Public Reception: 6:30pm
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.
The Reverse of Landscape: 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 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.
Sanctuary: The works will explore how the book arts can be used as a tool to create and facilitate notions of inclusion and safety; how the book can be used to imagine new possibilities for Sanctuary; how Artists can delve into the conceptuality and physicality of safe space creation, in conjunction with the theoretical and applied practices of bookmaking.
Exhibitions on view: July 19 through September 21, 2019
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.