- Exhibitions & Events
DIY(Visits Chicago): Photographers and Books | September 5 - December 7, 2014
Social Paper | January 30 - April 5, 2014
MFA Thesis Exhibition | April - May, 2014
Papercuts | September 2 - November, 2014
September 5 - December 7, 2013
The Center for Book and Paper Arts will mount a second iteration of an exhibition exploring print-on-demand photo books. Originally curated by Barbara Tannenbaum for the Cleveland Museum of Art, DIY: Photographers and Books (2012) was the first museum show to focus on the impact of print-on-demand publishing on contemporary photographic practice. This is a juried exhibition focused on photobooks that move beyond the monograph. How do photographers engage the book form in ways that are experimentally visual and conceptual, while pushing the possibilities of print on demand publishing?
June 20, 2013
Greg Harris, Associate Curator, DePaul Art Museum
Karen Irvine, Curator & Associate Director, Museum of Contemporary Photography
Jessica Cochran, Curator of Exhibitions and Programs, Center for Book and Paper Arts
Steve Woodall, Director, Center for Book and Paper Arts
- We are looking for photobooks that are conceptually and visually rigorous, using the bookform in deliberate ways that go "beyond the monograph"
- Limit 2 submissions per artist
- Not all submissions will be included in the exhibition
- Books without SASE will NOT be returned
- Monographs will not be considered
- Following the exhibition, accepted works can be donated to the Center for Book and Paper Arts
- Books will be handled during the exhibition; the Center will not be liable for wear and tear
- Works received after June 20 will not be considered (no exceptions)
According its proponents, socially engaged art blurs the lines between politics, community organizing and art. Projects such as community gardens and centers, interactive and multi-generational workshops, educational programs, and public art invoke the spirit of urgent social transformation. The exhibition initiative Social Paper charts the evolution of the art of hand papermaking in relation to recent discourse around socially engaged art and points specifically to craft, labor and site specificity, as well as the collaborative and community aspects of hand papermaking as contemporary art practice. From urban elementary schools to indigenous tribes in Latin America to communities of international war veterans, hand papermaking artists and practitioners translate this medium into meaningful activity with diverse constituencies. To date, no major exhibitions or discourse around this important and timely theme exist. This exhibition will contribute to new scholarship in the field of craft arts and specifically hand papermaking, as well as feature the work of the Center for Book and Paper Arts, a unique institution in Chicago, and the world that supports critical discourse and interdisciplinary activity in the book and paper arts.
Made possible by a curatorial grant from the Clinton Hill / Allen Tran Foundation.