The Children’s Books and Influence of Bruno Munari
Panel Discussion at Artbook @ PS1
Sunday, September 23, 2:30 pm
In partnership with Artbook @ PS1 and Les Trois Ourses (Paris), The Center for Book Arts invites you to a special panel discussion about the influence of Bruno Munari’s books. In tandem with the exhibition Look, Look, Look…A Playful Book, organized by Elisabeth Lortic, independent curator and co-founder of Les Trois Ourses (Paris), at the Center for Book Arts, this session looks at the children’s books of artist Bruno Munari and the influence they have had on artists. Moderated by Robbin Ami Silverberg and including John Roach, Art Instructor at Parsons and Curator of The Internal Machine, a recent exhibition inspired by the work of Bruno Munari, and artist Louise-Marie Cumont whose work is included in Look, Look, Look, this panel will discuss several key works by Munari and lead a discussion about these books’ influence on their work, art, and society.
Les Trois Ourses (The Three Bears) Childhood is a special time of creative development. Stimulating the imagination of young children and fostering their capacity to be amazed gives them the ability to carry on an intimate and constructive dialogue with the world around them throughout their lifetime. Inspired by the thinking of Bruno Munari (1907-1998), a major 20th century artist and designer, Les Trois Ourses supports the work of artists whose approach to children is parallel with their own. Les Trois Ourses distributes hard-to-find books, publishes unusual works, conceives and curates exhibitions, and develops training programs and workshops around books by artists in their catalog.
Louise-Marie Cumont was born in 1957 and lives and works in Paris and Provence. She studied at the Beaux-Arts in Paris and worked in Carrara (Italy). Cumont composed large monochrome mosaic sheet music, installations and sculptures assembling marble and metal. After the birth of her son, Gabriel, she devoted herself to a new material, fabric, to make books accessible to children. Her first book, The Man in the Square, was followed by twenty more titles. These books without texts are published in limited series and distributed by the association Les Trois Ourses; seven titles are published by MéMo Editions. Cumont also develops workshops for children and adults from her books.
John Roach is the curator of the exhibition The Internal Machine at the Center for Book Arts in New York in 2017, a show that used Bruno Munari as a prompt to explore the notion of the book as a piece of technology. Roach’s work as an interdisciplinary artist has been exhibited internationally in venues such as UrbanGlass in Brooklyn, NY; the 9e2 Festival of Art and Technology in Seattle, WA; Glazenhuis in Lommel Belgium; and the RMIT Gallery in Melbourne, Australia. His collaborative performance projects have been featured in the UrbanGlass performance series, the Megapolis Audio Festival, and Postcards from the Gowanus at Cabinet Gallery. Roach has been awarded residencies at Marble House Project, Tacoma Museum of Glass, Glazenhuis, NARS, Triangle Artist Workshop, The Ionion Center, and Pilchuck Glass School. His other curatorial project, the interdisciplinary sound exhibition Earlids, was at the The Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at the New School in 2014.
Robbin Ami Silverberg is founding Director of Dobbin Mill / Dobbin Books in Greenpoint, dedicated to the production of artists books, which she makes herself and in collaboration with others. She has exhibited and extensively internationally, with artist books found in more than 120 public collections. Silverberg is an Associate Professor of Art of the Book at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn. She sat on the boards of the Center for Book Arts, NYC for 10 years and 12 years on Booklyn Artists Alliance, Brooklyn, and presently is the NY Representative for The Ampersand Foundation, New York & Johannesburg.