Columbia College Chicago


By Rudolf Sikora.

Janeil Engelstad:
Demands, Attacks, and Declarations

In conjunction with current Spotlight Exhibition
Unfree Freedom: An Exploration of Identity in Central Europe
December 9, 11:00 a.m.
Curator and artist Janeil Engelstad will talk about artist's books and works on paper in the former Soviet bloc countries.  Created for political protest, social critique, and to promote independent thought, this work is increasingly relevant today as artists participate in and respond to occupy and other social movements.

She will also reflect upon Voices from the Center, a web-based project that stems from a series of interviews that she conducted with people, including artists, designers and writers, in Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and the Czech Republic about their lives before and after the Berlin Wall.

The talk will include segments from her interviews, examples of the work produced by these artists and others, and reflectionson how this work contributed to political and social change. 

TYPEFACE and The Future of Letterpress Roundtable*
Saturday, December 3, 2011, 7:00
Southside Hub of Production (SHOP), 5638 S. Woodlawn Ave

Following a screening of the award winning film TYPEFACE, organized by South Side Projections at the Southside Hub of Production (SHOP), Center for Book and Paper Arts Studio Technician and Special Projects Coordinator April Sheridan will moderate a roundtable discussion on the history and future of letterpress printing. Other panelists include Justine Nagan (director, TYPEFACE); Martha Chiplis (School of the Art Institute of Chicago); Celene Aubrey (Lillstreet Art Center); and Dan Wang (radical printer and activist). 

This screening kicks off a letterpress exhibition at SHOP, curated by April Sheridan, as an extension of the Center for Book and Paper Arts current exhibition, Wood Type, Evolved: Letterpress and Relief Printing in the 21st Century. SHOP's month-long Reproduce+Ability exhibition emphasizes reproducible art and the techniques used to make it. 

Southside Hub of Production (SHOP) is a collective of artists, writers, filmmakers, craftspeople, educators, and local civic organizations who have come together to create a local cultural hub space in Hyde Park, Chicago. SHOP’s main aim is to stimulate local cultural activity and to foster artistic and cultural enrichment of all kinds in the neighbor. 

Visiting Artist Talk

Dafi Kühne, Sward Visiting Artist
Switzerland-based designer Dafi Kühne will discuss his innovative approaches to letterpress printing, drawing upon his seminal project Woodtype-Now!  Supported by the Consulate General of Switzerland in Chicago and Pro HelvetiaClick here to read a short bio.

Swiss Consulate Logo  Pro Helvetia Logo   

Location: Center for Book and Paper Arts

Opening Reception

UNFREE FREEDOM: An Exploration of Identity in Central Europe

Please join us for the opening reception of UNFREE FREEDOM: An Exploration of Identity in Central Europe, curated by Janeil Engelstad. This Spotlight Exhibition examines how blacklisted artists responded to the restraints imposed on them under communist regimes and how their worked changed when those systems fell apart. Held in association with Voices From the Center, a project produced by Janeil Engelstad at threewalls.  
Location: Center for Book and Paper Arts

Curator Tour and Open Studio event
Thursday, October 6, 6pm
Held in association with Chicago Artists Month
Join Wood Type, Evolved curator April Sheridan for an in-depth tour of the exhibition, and stick around for a special opportunity to view artist demos in our letterpress, binding and papermaking studios.
Location: Center for Book and Paper Arts

The Visual Language of Herbert Matter
September 21, 4:30-6:15pm
Screening of the new documentary film, "The Visual Language of Herbert Matter" will be followed by a q&a with filmmaker Reto Caduff.  This program is jointly presented by Center for Book and Paper Arts, the Film & Video Department at Columbia College Chicago, and the Consulate General of Switzerland in Chicago. Read more about the influential and interdisciplinary art, design and photography of Herbert Matter
Location: Center for Book and Paper Arts, Room 402 (Screening Room)

THE WORLD AS TEXT Reading Table & Stage.

Music + Poetry
Saturday, July 16, 3pm

Experimental Music inspired by text, by John Preus, Theaster Gates, Matthew Joynt and Tadd Cowen.    Poets Mike Puican, Cecilia Pinto, Ava Kadishson Schieber, Kenyatta Rogers, Jennifer Steele will read works written in response to "The Reading Room" by David Ferry.

About the Readers
Cecilia Pinto is an author and teacher of young authors. Her poetry and prose have appeared in Esquire Magazine, Rhino, Fence, TriQuarterly, Diagram, Qarrtsiluni, QuarterAfterEight, The Mississippi Review, Snake Nation Review, and elsewhere. Her work is anthologized in: Saints of Hysteria: A Half-Century of Collaborative American Poetry (Soft Scull Press, 2007), A Writers’ Congress: Chicago Poets on Barack Obama’s Inauguration (DePaul Humanities Center, 2009), Mentor & Muse: Essays from Poets to Poets (SIU Press, 2009), Brute Neighbors, (SIU Press, 2001) and Counting in the Studio (self-published, 2011). She is currently director of the Hands on Stanzas program for The Poetry Center of Chicago, where she received the Gwendolyn Brooks award for teaching excellence. She is faculty at the Graham School of General Studies Certificate in Writing program at the University of Chicago and The Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University.
Mike Puican has had his poetry in Michigan Quarterly Review, New England Review, among others. He writes reviews for Another Chicago Magazine and TriQuarterly Online. Mike was a member of the 1996 Chicago Slam Team and for the past four years has been president of the board of the Guild Complex.
Kenyatta Rogers is a native of Cleveland, OH now living in Chicago.  He teaches for the City Colleges of Chicago and the Hands on Stanzas Program through the Poetry Center of Chicago.  His work has been published in Arsenic Lobster, Columbia Poetry Review, Court Green and among others.  He is a member of the Chicago Poetry Brothel and a Cave Canem Fellow
Ava Kadishson Schieber is the author of Soundless Roar: Stories, Poems, and Drawings (Northwestern University 2002.) She is also a prolific visual artist and is currently developing a second autobiographical manuscript about her experiences of moving to Israel after surviving the Nazi invasion of Europe and living as a member of a vibrant artistic community in the bourgeoning country.
Jennifer Steele is an east-coast born, mid-west residing tea-a-holic. She currently teaches digital media literacy for Digital Youth Network/YOUmedia where she co-coaches the 2011 Chicago Brave New Voices team, winners of the 2011 Louder Than A Bomb competition. She is co-founder and co-curator of Revolving Door Reading Series and has published work in Caduceus, Columbia Poetry Review, Reveree, So To Speak, Beltway Quarterly Online, and Another Chicago Magazine.

Panel Discussion

On Furniture
June 21, 2011, 6pm

Is the relationship between art and craft a collusion, a collision, a collaboration or a constellation?  Depends on who you ask. For the panelists in On Furniture, unpacking the well-crafted object is at once an intellectual, conceptual and formal project.  With a focus on productive dialogue that addresses this subject from multiple angles, panelists will address furniture, artists’ books, contemporary craft, designed objects and architecture. 
Panelists:  Lane Relyea, John Preus, Kevin Henry, Shannon Stratton
Location: Center for Book and Paper Arts

Panel Discussion
Re-Reading the Artist’s Book

Join four guest curators from the Center for Book and Paper Arts dynamic Summer Reading Room.  As panelists, curators will present, read, explain and explore the artists’ books they selected for the THE WORLD AS TEXT.  In addition, moderator Jessica Cochran will lead panelists in a discussion about the contemporary field of artists’ books- a topic about which each panelist has a unique point of view.

Location: Center for Book and Paper Arts
Panelists: Alex Gartelmann, Little Berlin; Doro Boehme, Curator, Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Martine Sym, Golden Age. Moderated by Jessica Cochran

Busted Books: The T.S. Elliot Autopsy
Performance by Davis Schneiderman
Official Printers' Ball Pre-Event
Thursday, July 21, 6pm
T.S. Eliot's first major work, "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" first appeared in the June 1915 issue of Poetry, Chicago's three year old literary magazine, which now approaches its centennial.  Building on Schneiderman's series of stylized book deconstructions, this performance will treat Eliot's poem as its own patient "etherised upon a table," to be disected with surgical instruments and supported by on-stage medical personnel.  This dissection will remove key words, phrases, and white spaces from the eliot text, while foregrounding the destruction of this historical artifact.

 Curator Tour - The World as Text
Tuesday, July 19: 6pm
Join the Center for Book & Paper Arts curator of exhibitions and programs for a special tour of the summer reading room, THE WORLD AS TEXT, and its companion exhibition Visual Extensions.
Location: Center for Book and Paper Arts

Kyle Schlesinger Artist Talk
Friday, July 22, 6:30pm
Artist, poet and scholar, Kyle Schlesinger wijll discuss his poetry, artists' books and Cuneiform Press as part of his summer residency at the Center for Book and Paper Arts.

Reading: Men Undressed

Women Writers and the Male Sexual Experience
Wednesday, July 27: 6pm
Official Printers' Ball Pre-Event
For this pre-release event, Susan Solomon and Gina Frangello will read their selections from MEN UNDRESSED, a book that features contemporary women writers as they imagine all things sexual from the point of view of male characters.  Solomon and Frangello will read while dressed 'as' their male characters.  Then, reading a story by Cris Mazza, local writer Davis Schneiderman will perform the role of Cris, dressed to match a life sized poster of Cris herself, dressed as her character.  Followin the readings, a discussion will take place on writing, from the opposite gender's point of view. 

Gallery Hours

Due to building renovations, the Center for Book and Paper Arts gallery, studio and facilities are closed. We will reopen in August 2014 for Fall semester classes, exhibitions and public programs.



Due to building renovations, the Center for Book and Paper Arts gallery, studio and facilities are closed. We will reopen in August 2014 for Fall semester classes, exhibitions and public programs.

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