Center for Book Arts 2021 Virtual Benefit

alison knowles sits in her studio
Photo by Janette Beckman, 2015
A photo of a print resembling a Venezuelan passport with other documents sewn to it
Benefit Print by Faride Mereb

Event Info

A Celebration of Connections Ignited by the Book Arts

Our 2021 benefit celebrates books as communal objects, all of us at CBA play a role in turning ideas, feelings, actions into books. We come together as a community of all kinds of makers for this event. The evening includes VIP artists’ salons prior to the main program, a reading and performance by CBA artists, and book art inspired drink recipes for your enjoyment wherever you tune in from. Join us for a spectacular evening with a vibrant group of artists, curators, poets, performers, gallerists to enjoy the book arts together and to honor visual artist Alison Knowles; known for her book objects, soundworks, installations, performances, publications and association with Fluxus. We also present a stunning benefit print commissioned from artist, teacher, researcher and curator Faride Mereb, which comes with every ticket purchased for $200 and above.

The Program:

5:30-6:00pm EDT
Virtual Salons:
An exclusive pre-program experience with a luminary CBA artist, writer, or curator

6:00-7:00pm EDT
Main B
enefit Program:
Poetry Reading by John Yau
Featuring Maymanah Farhat, Buzz Spector, Vincent Chong
Music by Sandbox Percussion

7:00-7:30pm EDT
Break-out rooms for virtually mingling and enjoying each other’s company

Meet our Honoree:
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 produced the Big Book, an eight foot tall book of environments organized around a spine. It opened at the Frankfurter Buchmesse and toured 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 it can be found at Museo Bostell in Spain. The smaller A Finger Book of Ancient Language followed in 1985 with seven 11 inch high pages in braille, shown at the Lighthouse for the Blind in New York. Knowles has also written several books of experimental text and poetry.

We are grateful for the support of our Benefit Committee, the Board of Directors, our donors and sponsors.

CBA Benefit Committee:

  • Stephen Bury
  • Roberta Brody
  • Gail Coleman
  • Maria Fredericks
  • Tom Freudenheim
  • Nancy Macomber
  • Asher Schlusselberg
  • Kenneth Soehner
  • Szilvia Szmuk-Tanenbaum

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Photograph of Alison Knowles by Janette Beckman (2015)

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