Exhibit | July 5, 2016

"Making Sense of the Senses" at the Center for Book Arts

Screen Shot 2016-07-05 at 9.57.16 PM.pngWhen: July 13 - September 24, 2016

Opening Reception: July 13, 6-8pm

Artist Roundtable: Wednesday, August 10 and Wednesday, September 7, 6:30pm

Where: 28 W. 27th St., 3rd Floor, New York, NY

Subway: N/R to 28th St, or F to 23rd St

Gallery Hours: Mon-Fri, 11am-6pm; Sat, 10am-5pm

Admission: Free

Exhibition website: http://bit.ly/29arJd7

The Center for Book Arts presents its Summer 2016 Member Artist Exhibition, Making Sense of the Senses, on view July 13 through September 24, organized by Alexander Campos, Executive Director and Curator, The Center for Book Arts, and Peter Schell, Artist, Instructor, and Naturalist. 

An opening reception will take place Wednesday, July 13, from 6-8pm.

This exhibition presents artist books and related works that employ, evoke, or conceptually contemplate one or more of the five senses: hearing, smell, sight, touch, and taste. 

Artists included: Aravind Adyanthaya, Ioulia Akhmadeeva, Rosaire Appel, Anita Gangi Balkun, Wardah Naeem Bukhari, Sophie Calle, Josely Carvalho, Julie Chen, Donald Daedalus, Aurora De Armendi, Sue Donym and Marie Guise, Ximena Perez Grobet, Antonio Guerra, Angela Lorenz, Sean Meehan, Susan Martin Maffei, Shervone Neckles, John Risseeuw, Paolo Salvagione, Zoë Sheehan-Saldaña, Ellen Sheffield, Robbin Ami Silverberg, Irwin Susskind, Barbara Tetenbaum, George A. Walker, Thomas Parker Williams, Tammy Wofsey, and Dasha Ziborova.

Peter Schell possesses a Masters Degree in Oriental Medicine (acupuncture and Chinese herbology) at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York City. The roots of his practice are in a life-long study of nature. He has spent many years studying and teaching human anatomy to artists, massage therapists and body workers - leading to the study of Chinese medicine. He possesses a Zheng-Gu Tui Na three-year certificate with Tom Bisio and Frank Butler, and studies Western herbal energetics with Julia Graves and Matthew Wood. Schell has practiced acupuncture since 2001.

Suggested donation for the general public for these special events is $10 non-members/$5 members.


The Center for Book Arts presents its Summer 2016 Main Gallery Exhibition, Sheherzade's Gift: Subversive Narratives, on view July 13 through September 24, organized by Jaishri Abichandani, Independent Curator and Former Director, South Asian Women's Creative Collective. 

One of the most enduring and influential books in global popular culture is A Thousand and One Nights. Understood as an amalgamation of fables originating from West and South Asia, its main protagonist is the fictional Queen Sheherzade, whose stories are told to countless young girls from North Africa to South East Asia. The Queen has been a polarizing figure; many women berate her for failing to challenge patriarchal mores, while others have a keener understanding of the nature of her subversion.

Sheherzade's Gift: Subversive Narratives examines the work of female artists of western and south Asian heritage largely influenced by these tales. The works in the exhibition-including text, painting, sculpture, video, and performance-tell personal narratives that traverse through the urban and natural landscapes that lay open each artist's experiences. 

Artists include: Nida Abidi, Negar Ahkami, Fariba Salma Alam, Ambreen Butt, Ruby Chishti, Dahlia Elsayed, Roya Farassat, Mariam Ghani, Meena Hasan, Gita Hashemi, Mala Iqbal, Mona Saeed Kamal, Gelare Khoshgozaran, Sa'dia Rehman, Nooshin Rostami, Hiba Schahbaz, Negin Sharifzadeh and Katherine Toukhy.

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The Center for Book Arts is committed to exploring and cultivating contemporary aesthetic interpretations of the book as an art object, while invigorating traditional artistic practices of the art of the book. The Center seeks to facilitate communication between the book arts community and the larger spheres of contemporary art and literature through exhibitions, classes, public programming, literary presentations, opportunities for artists and writers, publications, and collecting. Founded in 1974, the Center for Book Arts was the first organization of its kind in the nation.

Support for the Center for Book Arts' Visual Arts Program is provided, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and by the National Endowment for the Arts.