Summer Exhibitions at the Center for Book Arts

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When: July 8th - September 19th, 2015

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

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

Admission: Free

Opening Reception: July 8, 6-8pm

The Center for Book Arts presents two summer exhibitions, on view from July 8 through September 19, marking the final chapter of its 40th Anniversary year which began in the fall of 2014. In the main gallery, Embraced: The International Community, organized by Richard Minsky, Founder, Center for Book Arts, explores the Center's place within the international sphere of book artists. In the ancillary galleries, /mit ðə detə/: Source Materials Visualized, organized by Alexander Campos, Executive Director & Curator, Center for Book Arts, and Heidi Neilson, artist and Co-Founder of SP Weather Station, considers how book artists are making works structured from concrete data. An opening reception will take place July 8, 2015 from 6 to 8pm at the Center. Roundtable discussions with artists from both shows are scheduled throughout the summer.

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Embraced: The International Community 

Organized by Richard Minsky, Founder, Center for Book Arts

Embraced: The International Community examines the influence the Center has had on the international book arts scene as well as the international artists who have come to the Center to study, exhibit, or teach. This is the fourth and final exhibition of the Center's 40th anniversary year-long celebration, each of which featured and documented a particular program. Curator Richard Minsky founded the Center for Book Arts in 1974 as the first independent, non-profit institution dedicated to preserving the traditional artistic practices of bookmaking, as well as exploring and encouraging contemporary interpretations of the book as an art object. 

Roundtable discussions with artists included in Embraced will be held August 12 and September 16 at 6:30pm. Suggested donation for these events is $10/$5 members.

Artists included in Embraced are: Biruta Auna, Robert Bringhurst, Inge Bruggeman, Ken Campbell, Ulises Carrión, Ana Cordeiro, Béatrice Coron, Steven Daiber, Helen Douglas & Telfer Stokes, Gavin Dovey, Colette Fu, Michael Gibbs, Takuji Hamanaka, Barbara Henry, Amos Paul Kennedy Jr., Kumi Korf, Hedi Kyle, Catarina Leitão, Ligorano/Reese with Daniel Kelm, Margarita Lypiridou, Mikhail Magaril with Ivan Lebedev, Franco Marinai, Russell Maret, Barbara Mauriello, Clifton Meador, Bernard Middleton, Susan Mills, Jánis Nedéla, Asuka Ohsawa, Zahra Partovi, Werner Pfeiffer, Tom Phillips, Lise Poirier, Melissa Potter, John Randle, John Ross, Miriam Schaer, Gaylord Schanilec, Robbin Ami Silverberg, Alexandra Soteriou, Sylvia de Swaan, and Sam Winston. 

/mit ðə detə/: Source Materials Visualized

Organized by Alexander Campos, Executive Director & Curator, Center for Book Arts, and Heidi Neilson, artist and Co-Founder of SP Weather Station.

/mit ðə detə/: Source Materials Visualized--the title of which includes the phonetic spelling of "Meet the Data"--explores how artists use the ever-present data in our lives today as a medium or method in their work. Presented here are artists' books, book-related artworks, and text-based new media that are visual interpretations, extrapolations, and recontextualizations of researched source materials such as data analysis, surveying, mapping, plotting, data mining, statistics, analytics, observations, and schemes. The exhibition features artist members of the Center as well as invited artists to further the discourse of the exhibition's theme.

Roundtable discussions with artists included in /mit ðəә detəә/ will be held August 19 and September 9 at 6:30pm. Suggested donation for these events is $10/$5 members.

Artists included in /mit ðə detə/ are: Karen Baldner, Jen Bervin, Matthew Birchall, AJ Bocchino, Sara Bouchard, Sarah Bryant, Eve Faulkes, Neil Freeman, Barbara Henry, Candace Hicks, Peter Jellitsch, Jessica Lagunas, Woody Leslie, Emily McVarish, Toby Millman, Barbara Milman, John Risseeuw, Maria Veronica San Martin, Libby Scarlett, Tim Schwartz, Ellen Sheffield, Ward Shelley, Joshua Singer, Edyth Skinner, Jeff Thompson, Carolyn Thompson, Angie Waller, Thomas Parker Williams, and Sam Winston. 

About Artist Membership at the Center for Book Arts

Artist members are an important creative asset to the Center and are spotlighted in annual Artist Member Exhibitions such as /mit ðə detə/: Source Materials Visualized. All artists are welcome to apply for artist membership; applicants do not have to be book artists but must demonstrate their aptitude in creating quality books and related arts. More information at centerforbookarts.org/opportunities. For a list of all current artist members, visit the Center's Online Artist Member Registry, a resource devoted to artists working in the book format, which is used as a reference tool by curators, researchers, collectors, writers, and other artists: centerforbookarts.org/see/artist-members-registry

About the Center for Book Arts

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. Founded in 1974, it was the first not-for-profit organization of its kind in the nation, and it has since become a model for others around the world. 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. As American Craft magazine noted, "Dropping in on the bustling Center for Book Arts...is to experience the special pleasure of viewing an intrinsically intimate art form in a venue where it is taught and made."

First image: Woody Leslie, Understanding Molecular Typography by H.F. Henderson. Included in /mit ðə detə/: Source Materials Visualized

Second image: Béatrice Coron, L'horloge. Included in Embraced: The International Community

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