Story Time and Doll Making for Kids

Details
Date:

February 9

Time:

12:00 pm - 02:00 pm

Event Category:

workshops

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Organizer

CBA Community

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Venue

Center For Book Arts Inc

28 West 27th Street, New York, NY 10001

New York, NY, US, 10001

Join us for an afternoon just for kids: there will be storytelling, craft making, and performances!

Story time will include a selection of archival literature by Venezuelan author Aquiles Nazoa, by sharing the poetic and fantastic short stories of The Private Life of Rag Dolls and its contemporary reinterpretation by Faride Mereb.

Stellar Storyteller Fabiola R. Delgado (Fa) will lead an active read-aloud of sections of the book, introducing children and their adults to the humoristic and ingenious work of Nazoa, and inviting the audience to use their bodies as creative learning and focusing tools.

Following the read-aloud, Fa will lead a hands-on activity that relates to the book and gives kids and caregivers a time to bond, exercise their creativity, motor skills, and inventiveness, as they will design and assemble their own Rag Dolls out of recycled materials with the help of their adults.

Storytime explora una selección de literatura de archivo del autor venezolano Aquiles Nazoa, compartiendo los cuentos poéticos y fantásticos de “La Vida Privada de las Muñecas de Trapo” y su reinterpretación contemporánea por Faride Mereb.

La narradora estelar Fabiola R. Delgado (Fa) dirigirá una lectura activa en voz alta de secciones del libro, presentando a los niños y a sus adultos el trabajo humorístico e ingenioso de Nazoa, e invitando a la audiencia a usar sus cuerpos como herramientas creativas de aprendizaje y concentración.

Después de la lectura en voz alta, Fa liderará una actividad práctica que relacionada al libro que brined a los niños y cuidadores un tiempo para relacionarse, ejercitar su creatividad, habilidades motoras e invención, ya que diseñarán y ensamblarán sus propias “muñecos de trapo” con materiales reciclados y la ayuda de sus adultos.

Fabiola R. Delgado is a Venezuelan human rights lawyer turned arts and culture practitioner, with a focus on intergenerational creative learning. In addition to her legal training, Fa has an impressive track record in performance, galleries and museums, including projects for multiple Smithsonian units, The Embassy of Spain, renowned artist and MacArthur Genius grant recipient, Mel Chin, and The White House. She’s currently a Curatorial Assistant at the National Museum of American History, where she leads research for the upcoming exhibition: GIRLHOOD (It’s complicated). Fa also works directly with families and children, pioneering in educational public programs at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, both in English and in Spanish.

Faride Mereb is a Venezuelan artist, designer, researcher, and founder of publishing house Letra Muerta. Established in 2014, Letra Muerta focuses on archival books, Latin American literature and vindicating the value of the printed book. With The Private Life of Rag Dolls, she is presenting the publishing house’s 8th publication.

This book was first published in 1975 by Aquiles Nazoa (1920-1976), one of Venezuela’s most prominent writers, humorists, and journalists, whose body of work expands across different genres. The book is a hybrid of short stories and images of rag dolls made by Nazoa’s neighbor at El Guarataro, Ariadna, with documentary photographs taken by Godofredo Romero. This iteration of The Private Life of Rag Dolls includes a curated selection of photographs made during a visit to the author’s family in Caracas, digitized images from their personal archive as well as photographs of the original dolls and reinterpretations of the original characters. This new English version of the book uses new fonts, format, and photographs, but is printed and produced by Javier Aizpurua, the same master printer who worked on the first edition of the book.

“At that time, the capital of Venezuela was the place where you could find the stagnation of the State, the European ways of the Belle Epoque and some features of the American culture recently brought in by the exploitation of oil.” The time elapsed between the first publication of this book and the present reissue shows the consequences of the policies undertaken that ruined a rich State, which is vividly represented by these dolls, their inner rags, and the Venezuelan population.

Faride Mereb es una artista, venezolana, diseñadora, investigadora, y fundadora de Ediciones Letra Muerta. Iniciando en 2014, Letra Muerta se enfoca en libros de archivo, literatura Latino Americana y la reivindicación del valor del libro impreso. Vida privada de las muñecas de trapo es el octavo título presentado bajo el sello editorial.

Este libro fue publicado por primera vez en 1975 por Aquiles Nazoa (1920-1976), autor, humorista y periodista venezolano muy prominente, cuyo trabajo cruza las fronteras entre los diferentes géneros literarios. Vida privada de las muñecas de trapo es un híbrido entre historias cortas e imágenes de las muñecas que fueron hechas por Ariadna, una mujer de El Guarataro, un vecindario humilde donde vivía el autor y su familia. Estas imágenes se intercalan con fotos de archivo tomadas por Godofredo Romero en aquella época. Esta nueva edición, presenta una selección minuciosa de fotos digitalizadas al visitar la casa del autor en Caracas, que además de incluir los personajes originales, también plantea nuevas interpretaciones. El libro ha sido traducido al inglés, una edición revisada que usa nuevas fuentes, formato y fotos, pero con la constante de la producción e impresión a cargo de Javier Aizpurua, el mismo maestro impresor que llevó a cabo el proyecto en los años 70.

“En ese tiempo, la capital venezolana era un lugar que buscaba combinar el sopor del latifundio, los modos parisinos de la Belle Époque y los trazos todavía incipientes de la cultura norteamericana introducida por la explotación petrolera”. El inciso entre la primera edición y esta, evidencia las consecuencias del deterioro de un país llevado a las ruinas, siendo representado en las mismas muñecas, sus vestidos, y sobre todo en la población venezolana.

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.

Image courtesy of Fabiola R, Delgado.