The Center for Book Arts, NYC

We don't often think of fine art as being anything more (or less) than the painting on our walls or the sculpture on our table. The Center for Books Arts in Manhattan has been trying to change our perception of art by looking at the way the bound book (and sometimes unbound book) can be a form of expression that unites many artistic disciplines, including prose, poetry, sculpture, painting, papermaking, and bookbinding.

As you can see from the samples above of creations made with the Book-in-a-Box Kit (a 2009 award-winning toy), bookmaking is an art form for all ages.

Here's a look at what's happening in March at the The Center. What's more, they encourage everyone to express themselves artistically within the stylistic media of bookmaking. Be sure to look into their entire range of exhibits, special lectures, and workshops.

History of Art Series: The Book in Time
A series of public discussions with artists, writers, and scholars.

Wednesday, March 3rd, 6:30PM
Co-sponsored by the American Printing History Association, New York Chapter
A Force Beyond Function: The Conversation, Technology, and Significance of the Codex.
The Book In TimeJoin us for a panel discussion centered on the form of the book as an expression of technology. With Jeff Peachy, Book Conservator; Sarah Lowengard, Historian of Technology and Science, The Cooper Union; Marie Fredricks, Drue Heinz Book Conservator, The Morgan Library and Museum; and John Townsend, Independent Bookbinder and Conservator

Wednesday, March 3rd, 6:30 PM

How Much: $10/$5 members of the Center & APHA (suggested)

Where: The Center for Book Arts, 28 West 27th Street, 3rd Floor


Book Arts Lounge

The Exploding Step
Friday, March 12th, 6:00-9:00pm

Book Arts LoungeMarch arrives like a lion as artist Laura Bellmont reveals one of the most explosive mechanisms of pop-up. She will induct loungers into the secrets of the exploding step, an excellent vehicle for illustrated artwork, text, or collage with some really exciting motion. Attendees will leave with a great jumping off point for exploring more pop-up fun in the future.

Friday, March 12th 6:00-9:00pm

How Much: $10/$5 members (suggested)

Where: The Center for Book Arts, 28 West 27th Street, 3rd Floor

Current Exhibitions
Narrative Sequences
Organized by Maddy Rosenberg, independent curator

Rafael Mundi

The exhibition Narrative Sequences will focus on work that creates a sequence of images that leads from one to another as a literal or an implied narration unfolds. By this narrowing down to a single aspect of an artist's book, Rosenberg is able to broaden the varieties of how artists explore telling a story, through form and content. For each of these artists in these works, a narrative emerges through the relationship of the previous to the following. They explore various commentaries on societies through who we are as a whole or as individuals, through personal experience or as participants in a broader culture, in an explicit way or a more abstract dance of natural forms.

Participating artists include, Christoff Baron, Zane Berzina, Chris Bierl, Jay Bolotin, Sang-ah Choi, Beatrice Coron, Bill Creston, Kahn/Selesnick, Ben Katchor, Rachel Lumsden, Rafael Mundi, Heidi Neilson, Julia Schmid, Karina Skvirsky, Simona Soare.

Heidi Neilson
A comprehensive catalogue will accompany the exhibition.

Exhibition organizer Maddy Rosenberg is an artist and independent curator. She recently opened Central Booking, a two gallery space in DUMBO, Brooklyn, focusing on artist's books and prints and their integration into the larger art world.

On View January 21 through April 3, 2010

Where: The Center for Book Arts
28 West 27th Street, 3rd Floor

Gallery Hours: M-F 10am-6pm, Sat. 10am-4pm
Admission: Free

Public Programs
Artist Talk: Wednesday, March 17th, 6:30 pm

Featured Artist Project
Leah Oates: Transitory Space

Leah Oates
In this exhibition, Oates will show newer work from the "Transitory Space" series along with framed digital prints of book spreads. One of the books from this series is created from images shot in Finland and Newfoundland. Her past books have been created from a feminist perspective, while more recently she has explored ideas about public and private space, but intrinsic in all of her books is an acute sensibility for their visual appearance. She states, "Many of my books deal with an inner awareness of the world either as a woman or as an individual experiencing time, memory and space through poetic and fluid perspective."

Organized by Alexander Campos, Executive Director
On view January 21 through April 3, 2010

Featured Artist Project
Star Black: The Collaged Accordion

Star Black
Star Black is a poet and photographer who has created a series of large-scale accordion books that merge found texts, found photographs and ephemera (maps, hand-written letters, ledgers, etc.) to create surreal imagery. The exhibition is accompanied by individual collages and her own writings. Black says, "In many ways my collages are similar to poems but translated from visuals, taking symbols, textures and "found" words from else where and composing them within a page."

Organized by Alexander Campos, Executive Director

On view January 21 through April 3, 2010
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