Paths to the Shore

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About the Exhibition

Paths to the Shore is a solo exhibition by artist Sarah Nicholls that explores the ways that history, infrastructure, and nature interact in the context of Brooklyn’s waterfront.

Nicholls approached this project through an objective lens akin to scientific inquiry. She sought answers to questions like: What plants grow on a derelict pier and how did they get there? Who lives on the waterfront? What does nature mean in an urban context? Where was the waterline in the past and where will it be in the future? How do people access the waterfront and what does that reveal about the community’s values?

Nicholls’ translated her research into a body of work that includes a series of artist publications and large-scale maps produced using letterpress, relief printing, and paper she made by hand from plants. The resulting exhibition offers unflinching documentation of Brooklyn’s marshland, landfills, industrial pollution, public housing projects, rezoned neighborhoods, public parks, and areas under threat of disappearing in an era shaped by climate change.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Nicholls will present a virtual Artist Talk on Monday, January 31 at 6pm ET via Zoom. Register to attend–>

Images courtesy the Artist.

Visit the Exhibition

Paths to the Shore is on view at Center for Book Arts (28 W 27th St, 3rd Fl) from Friday, January 14 through Saturday, March 26, 2022.

To help ensure the health & safety of our community during the surge of the Omicron variant, there is no in-person opening event for this exhibition. Visitors who comply with our Covid-19 policies are welcome to view the exhibition in-person anytime during our regular business hours.

CBA is open Monday–Thursday from 11am–6pm and Friday & Saturday from 11am–5pm. Admission is free with a suggested donation.

All visitors are required to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination upon arrival and wear a mask covering their nose and mouth at all times while on-site. If you have a religious or medical exemption to the vaccine, please contact CBA Executive Director Corina Reynolds directly at

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