Our 2020 Benefit Honoring Alison Knowles

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To be held at:

The Center for Book Arts
28 W 27th Street
Third floor
New York, NY 10001 

We’re thrilled to announce that we will be honoring the pioneering book and performance artist Alison Knowles at Center for Book Arts’ spring benefit, which will take place on April 2, 2020. Our Board of Directors kindly invite you to join us for cocktails, food, dancing, and performances in celebration of Knowles’ extraordinary work. 

Alison Knowles is a visual artist known for her soundworks, installations, performances, publications and association with Fluxus. As a founding member of Fluxus, Knowles produced what may be the earliest book object, a can of texts and beans called the Bean Rolls, in 1963. In 1967, she expanded the scale of her book projects with the Big Book, an eight foot tall book of environments organized around a spine. This book opened at the Frankfurter Buchmesse and continued touring through Europe. After the first Big Book was destroyed, Knowles produced a second large-scale book, The Book of Bean in 1982 with the help of Franklin Furnace. Some pages of this book can be found at Museo Bostell in Estramadura, Spain. This was followed by a smaller book of tactile languages called A Finger Book of Ancient Language in 1985 that has seven eleven inch high pages all in braille and was shown at the Lighthouse for the Blind in New York. Three examples of this books were made and exists in private collections. Knowles has also produced and written several books of experimental text and poetry.

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Stay for an artists & publishers afterparty co-hosted by Fully Booked. We will be getting the party started with a performance by Crystal Monkey Calligraphy at 9pm followed by DJ Duo Dongle who will be warming up the dance floor for DJ Join around 200 young artists and publishers as you enjoy an open bar, dancing! 

About The Center

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.