Events

The Center for Book Arts has a full schedule of weekly events related to the art of the book. Please join us for special opening receptions for new exhibitions, broadside poetry readings, artists’ talks, round table discussions with book artists, lectures on subjects related to bookmaking and the book in contemporary art.

Exhibition openings are quarterly and open to the public. These receptions are a great time to meet the artists in the exhibition, learn about the artworks from the curator, and see amazing examples of contemporary book art.

Members receive a discount on all public programs. Open houses are free. Suggested admission to all other events: $5 members; $10 non-members.

Our Spring and Fall Broadside Reading Series brings together well known and emerging poets for public readings. Each night in the series is commemorated with the publishing of two letterpress printed broadsides (one for each poet that presents their work). All attendees who make the suggested donation get to take home their choice of one of that evening’s broadsides. Broadsides from previous readings are available for purchase at the Center and online below.

Arabic Type: Between Heritage & Modernity

The Center for Book Arts is hosting a series of 3 seminars dedicated to Arabic type design and typography, curated by typography expert Dr. Nadine Chahine.

The theme of the series revolves around concepts of modernity in Arabic type design, the heritage of Arabic letterforms in the context of current technologies, contemporary Arabic branding design, and the history of Arab graphic design. The series brings together renowned and award winning designers working with Arabic type, both from the US and the Middle East.

The schedule:

Modernity in Arabic Type Design, March 5, 2020
Contemporary Arabic Graphic Design, March 7, 2020
Technology and Heritage, March 19, 2020

Feb 20
The Production of The Private Life of Rag Dolls
Center For Book Arts Inc - 28 West 27th Street, New York, NY 10001
Feb 24
Master Binder & Artist Pénélope Guidoni Lecture Featuring Susan Bee
Center For Book Arts Inc - 28 West 27th Street 3rd floor, New York, NY 10001
Mar 05
Between Heritage and Modernity: Modernity in Arabic Type Design
Center For Book Arts Inc - 28 West 27th Street, New York, NY 10001
Mar 07
Between Heritage and Modernity: Contemporary Arabic Graphic Design
Center For Book Arts Inc - 28 West 27th Street, New York, NY 10001
Mar 12
The Typography of Walter Hamady: talk with Master Printer Ruth Lingen
Center For Book Arts Inc - 28 West 27th Street, New York, NY 10001
Mar 19
Between Heritage and Modernity: Technology and Heritage
Center For Book Arts Inc - 28 West 27th Street, New York, NY 10001
Mar 26
Artist Presentation with Warren Lehrer
Center For Book Arts Inc - 28 West 27th Street, New York, NY 10001

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