- Exhibitions & Events
Holiday Benefit Print Sale for the Hamilton Woodtype Museum
An open house, demonstrations, and print sale with all proceeds benefitting the Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum, which is being evicted from their current historic space. The Center for Book and Paper Arts teamed up with the Museum Staff to host this one-day event, asking for support to make their impending move possible. Donations of time and printed material were converted into making the dream of a new facility come true. For more information about donating prints, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
VISITING ARTIST LECTURE | INTERDISCIPLINARY ARTS DEPARTMENT
A recent NEA Arts in Media grant to commission books for the iPad tablet platform with a physical counterpart further oriented the Center for Book and Paper Arts’ commitment to the book as interactive media that challenge the traditional closure of text and the performance of time by way of both established and emerging technologies.
In this roundtable, panelists who have had a sustained engagement with the book form discussed their evolving relationship to different technologies, from past developments (letterpress and offset printing), to the distributed materiality of the present (print on demand, tablet, mobile computing, cloud-based services) and the augmented realities of the future.
Steve Tomasula discussed his recent publication TOC, a New Media Novel
Steve Woodall presented on Expanded Artists' Books, an NEA-funded electronic publishing initiative
Johanna Drucker presented on her visual artwork within the context of changing technology
Doro Boehme showed images of an iPad app in process, and talked about decisions being made in its development
(In correlation with Druckworks)
Artist, scholar and critic Johanna Drucker addressed her lifelong engagement with the artist's book, from early unique books and letterpress editions to more recent offset, print-on-demand and digital projects.
AT THE CROSSROADS: Living Letterform TraditionsAmerican Printing History Association 37th Annual Conference
October 12–13, 2012
PRE-CONFERENCE EVENT AT THE NEWBERRY LIBRARY on Thursday, October 11, 6:00 p.m. featuring A screening of Making Faces followed by a Q&A with Richard Kegler and a viewing of The Newberry 125, showing significant items from the library’s collection.
In conjunction with Chicago Artists' Month, the Center for Book and Paper Arts is proud to host At the Crossroads: Living Letterform Traditions. Just
steps from our studios, the city’s original Printer’s Row has been
active since the 1880s in design and printing, and home to Inland Printer magazine,
the Union Type Foundry, binderies, engravers, and huge printing plants
built by R.R. Donnelly and Rand McNally, among others. Although the
printing industry is smaller, Chicago retains a vibrant book arts scene.
Attendees will have the opportunity to sample some of Chicago’s
cultural riches through walking tours and site visits.
Keynote speaker Rick Valicenti, winner of the 2011 National Design Award in Communication Design from the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, will address the conference attendees on Friday, October 12 at 5:00 p.m.
Early bird fees:
$100 for APHA members, $150 for non-members, $20 for APHA student members and for Columbia College students, and $50 for other students.
Please register by September 15. Complete registration information can be found here.
For additional information, contact April Sheridan, Conference Program Chair
312.369.6641 | email@example.com
The American Printing History Association was founded in 1974 to further the study of printing history and related arts and skills, including calligraphy, typefounding, typography, papermaking, book- binding, illustration, and publishing. APHA supports the preservation of printing artifacts and source materials and encourages research and scholarship through its annual conference; its journal, Printing History; an online newsletter; occasional special publications; the annual J. Ben Lieberman memorial lecture; an oral history project; and a fellowship program. For more information about APHA visit www.printinghistory.org
Book Launch||Gallery Reception:
Post-Digital Printmaking: CNC, Traditional, and Hybrid Techniques
by Paul Catanese and Angela Geary
Join us for a reception to celebrate the launch of Post-Digital Printmaking: CNC, Traditional and Hybrid Techniques,
a ground breaking book co-authored by Interdisciplinary Arts Department
Associate Professor Paul Catanese. The reception is hosted by Glass
Curtain Gallery, whose exhibition Machinations: Kinetic Sculpture in the Age of Open Source features
a selection of Catanese's printworks. Attendees will have the
opportunity to meet the author, peruse the book, and enjoy the
exhibition on view. This event is co-organized by the Center for Book
and Paper Arts (part of the Interdisciplinary Arts Department), and the Department of Exhibition and Performance Spaces at Columbia College Chicago.
About the Book
This groundbreaking book published by Bloomsbury / A&C Black, establishes Post-Digital Printmaking as a distinct area of printmaking practice both technically and conceptually. Radically different from digital print production (inkjet on high-quality paper), Post-Digital Printmaking integrates Computer Numeric Control (CNC) devices such as laser cutters and CNC routers with matrix production for lithography, intaglio and relief. This contemporary practice incorporates the strengths of both digital and traditional, resulting in hybrid printmaking techniques. A comprehensive and accessible technical introduction to this important area of printmaking, this book explains techniques and processes in detail, discusses the contexts within which Post-Digital Printmaking has arisen, and includes examples and case studies of artists applying these hybrid techniques in their work.
About the Exhibition
Machinations: Kinetic Sculpture in the Age of Open Source is a glimpse into the ever-expanding spectrum of contemporary new media artists. The exhibit, curated by Mark Porter, features works by a cast of tinkerers, hackers, and inventors utilizing and re-contextualizing technologies to create works of art that are seemingly alive.
AfterImage Exhibition Workshop:
Woodblock Carving and Printing
Join Afterimage artists Isak Applin, Carl Baratta, and Oli Watt just steps from the exhibition for a woodblock carving and spoon printing workshop. Using their experience in collaborative and experimental printing, the instructors will give tips and guidance on carving techniques, prepping sketches and image transfers. Because the majority of this afternoon workshop will be spent carving and printing, students should bring drawings with them.
THE EIGHTH ANNUAL PRINTERS' BALL: Time Warp!
Friday, July 20, 2012 | 6:00-11:00 p.m. | Free
Join 3,000+ readers, writers, editors, and artists for the greatest literary party in the galaxy, presented by Poetry magazine, Columbia College Chicago’s Silver Tongue Reading Series, Columbia College Chicago’s Center for Book and Paper Arts, the Read/Write Library, MAKE magazine, and over 200 other literary arts organizations. The full schedule of events will be announced soon!
Group Effort: Hand Papermaking, Collaboration, and Contemporary Art
This panel will address the current role of hand papermaking within current residency and workspace models at both the Center for Book and Paper Arts and Dieu Donné. How do these organizations make hand papermaking available and accessible to artists for whom hand papermaking was not already a primary medium? Featuring both interdisciplinary artists who have completed projects within these institutions and the master papermakers with whom they collaborated, the dialogue will address the challenges and opportunities of collaborative hand papermaking; the relevance of hand papermaking across disciplines; and efforts to promote hand papermaking as a process relevant to interdisciplinary art and craft practices.
• Elizabeth Isakson, Hannah King & C.J. Mace, co-curators, Material Assumptions
• Deborah Boardman, Dan Devening & Ian Cooper, participating artists, Material Assumptions
• Moderated by Sue Gosin, Co-founder of Dieu Donné, and Melissa Potter, Acting Director, Interdisciplinary Book and Paper MFA, Columbia College
HELEN FREDERICK VISITING ARTIST LECTURE - CANCELLED
Please check back for rescheduled date • Fall 2012
What is an indigenous vocabulary? The lecture will approach the relationship of natural materials and their prowess to be made by hand into other transformed useful materials as a lesson in daily life, industry, art, politics and science. It will examine two very different papemaking areas in the Sichuan area of China to enable a further understanding of how hand papermaking provides an intersection of cultural values (“embodied” and “embedded” skills) and their affect on economic development. Other age-old traditions that are also a hybrid of so many complex parts that only dedicated communities can sustain their legacy and effectiveness into usefulness in various parts of the world will be viewed as comparative subalterns to contemporary Western cultural literacy and currency. Understanding how assimilated technologies can grow from an indigenous culture will be examined as a primary trajectory of this century.
Helen Frederick is concerned with investigating the potentials of collective memory at sites of hand-driven productions, and discerning how they shape cultural bridging for indigenous peoples as well as foreigners and outsiders to the regions. Particularly with global ecosystem decline, Frederick asks what skills are most valuable for artists and artisans and their communities?
CENTER FOR BOOK AND PAPER ARTS 2ND ANNUAL TYPOGRAPHY SYMPOSIUM
Friday, June 1, 2012
PRE–PANEL "SHOW AND TELL" RECEPTION
Select designers will show off recent projects in an informal setting
The Past is the Future
How does looking back push the industry forward? Designers and typographers will discuss how historical research has influenced their current practice or a specific project.
Nick Adam A creative-analytic with a conscience, Nick’s work as a communication-artist is focused towards improving humankind.
Jackson Cavanaugh, designer of the celebrated Harriett, Alright Sans, Elephans, and Snibbles typefaces, runs Okay Type, a design studio in Logan Square.
Isaac Tobin is a senior designer at the University of Chicago Press, with numerous awards to his credit, including AIGA 50/50, The Type Director’s Club, Print Magazine Regional Award, and many others.
Mary Lucier has been making video art and installations since the early 1970's. Her work has been shown in major museums around the world where it now resides in numerous collections, such as the Reina Sofia, Madrid, The Whitney Museum, New York, The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Milwaukee Art Museum, and ZKM Karlsrhue, Germany. She's been the recipient of many awards and fellowships, including the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, Creative Capital, USA Artist Fellowship, and the Japan-US Friendship Commission. Current work includes a cycle of tapes and installations based in Japanese Buddhist Convents and a project scheduled for the Brooklyn Museum of Art in 2011 called Genealogy: The Dutch Connection. Her work is represented by Lennon, Weinberg Gallery, New York, with video distribution by Electronic Arts Intermix.
13th Annual Edible Books & Tea
TUESDAY, APRIL 3, 6:00 – 8:00 P.M.
Visit books2eat.com for more information.
$10 Entry fee, or FREE if you RSVP and bring an edible book. Entry in the event was done using the downloadable form, available here.
Co-sponsored by the Center for Book and Paper Arts and the Columbia College Chicago Library. Proceeds benefited the Center for Book and Paper Arts equipment fund and the Friends of the Library. 2012 winners included Book + Paper MFA Claire Sammons, for winning in the Best Visual Pun category for Toast World, her interpretation of Ghost World; and the team effort of Book + Paper MFAs Greta Bach, Jamie Weaver, and Jessica Wagner in the "Most Book-Like" category for the entry B.B. The BadAss Bookbinder.
INTERDISCIPLINARY ARTS DEPARTMENT | VISITING ARTIST LECTURE
PUBLICATION WORK: Art in Circulation
Thursday, March 15, 7:00 p.m.
Ferguson Hall, 600 South Michigan Ave.
Triple Canopy is an editorial collective based in New York, Los Angeles, and Berlin. Triple Canopy functions as a publisher, online magazine, workspace, and platform for editorial and curatorial activities. Working collaboratively with writers, artists, and researchers, Triple Canopy facilitates projects that engage the Internet’s specific characteristics as a public forum and as a medium, one with its own evolving practices of reading and viewing, economies of attention, and modes of interaction. Triple Canopy also produces printed matter and organizes public programs that elaborate on these concerns. In doing so, Triple Canopy is charting an expanded field of publication, drawing on the history of print culture while acting as a hub for the exploration of emerging forms and the public spaces constituted around them.
Poems & Pictures
Rob MacDonald is the founder and editor of the online journal Sixth Finch. His poems have appeared in Octopus, H_NGM_N, The Lumberyard, notnostrums and other journals. Last New Death, a chapbook, is available from Scantily Clad Press. K.M.A Sullivan is the editor of Vinyl Poetry and the owner/publisher of YesYes Books. Her poetry has been published or is forthcoming in PANK, Potomac Review, Cream City Review, Gargoyle, >kill author, diode and elsewhere. She has been awarded residencies at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in creative non-fiction, and from Vermont Studio Center in poetry.
Poems & Artists:
Join Kyle Schlesinger, curator of the winter exhibition Poems &Pictures, and panelists Lewis Warsh and Don Share for a discussion of dynamic collaborations between poets and artists – how word, sequence, and image can combine to become more than the sum of their parts, and how creative partnerships happen. Moderated by Steve Woodall, Director of the Center for Book and Paper Arts.
Informational Event and Open House
Ever wondered what it takes to be an Artist-in-Residence at the Center for Book and Paper Arts? Join us for a special open house to find out more about our expanded residency offerings. Our 2011 residents Kyle Schlesinger and Vida Sacic will be on hand to talk about their recent residency projects. Come in and wander our facilities, as current MFA students offer demos in the letterpress and hand papermaking studios.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 6:00 P.M.
Nadine Nakanishi and Nick Butcher of the design/print partnership Sonnenzimmer will discuss their practice in relation to ultra new technologies like Fonel.cc, an interactive web-based application designed with Sefan Huber of Signalwerk. Bridging the gap between font technology and image the application allows users to design and share a poster both digitally and phyisically using an interactive grid, fonel character set, text and unique export options.
FLUX IT YOURSELF:
Scores and Performances by Contemporary Fluxus
A Publication Exposition with live performances coordinated by Fluxpress. Part of FLUXFEST CHICAGO, a week-long exposition of publications and live performances at various cultural venues and spaces in Chicago from February 9–12. The 2012 FLUXFEST CHICAGO is organized by Keith A. Buchholz and The Contemporary Fluxus Community. Flux It Yourself will be held at the Book and Paper Center and is free and open to the public. Schedules for all events and performances can be found at Fluxus Free Zone and the Fluxus Blog.
Poems & Pictures
Poems & Pictures is curated by Kyle Schlesinger. The exhibition features books, paintings, collages, periodicals, and ephemera that explore fundamental relationships between: form and content; seeing and reading; writing and drawing; and the extraordinary occasions when these things and activities fuse, introducing a third element.
INTERDISCIPLINARY ARTS DEPARTMENT | VISITING ARTIST LECTURE
Bob Stein: Future of the Book
THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 7:00 P.M.
Ferguson Hall, 600 S. Michigan Avenue
Bob is founder and Co-Director of the Institute and founder of The Voyager Company. For 13 years he led the development of over 300 titles in 'The Criterion Collection', a series of definitive films on videodisc, and more than 75 CD ROM titles including the CD Companion to Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, 'Who Built America', and the Voyager edition of 'Macbeth'. Previous to Voyager, Stein worked with Alan Kay in the Research Group at Atari on a variety of electronic publishing projects. 11 years ago, Stein started 'Night Kitchen' to develop authoring tools for the next generation of electronic publishing. That work is now being continued at the Institute for the Future of the Book.
Tell me a story.
This reception celebrated the student exchange exhibition Tell Me a Story (January 17–27), featuring artwork by students from Jiaujiang University in Jiujiang, China, created as part of a handpapermaking workshop with Columbia College alumni Rose Camastro-Pritchett. Columbia College Interdisciplinary Arts Book and Paper MFA students next send works to China after the close of this exhibition.
CENTER FOR BOOK AND PAPER ARTS | VISITING ARTIST LECTURE
Aram Saroyan: My Journey as a Writer
Tuesday, January 24, 6:00 p.m.
Stage Two, 618 S. Michigan Ave.
Aram Saroyan has enjoyed success in a wide variety of literary forms: poetry (where he developed a distinctive minimalist style in the 1960’s, but has more recently written in a less unconventional manner), memoir, long and short fiction, literary biography, and in recent years, drama. His book The Street was made into a feature-length film. Saroyan will discuss how this all came about, and what it means to concurrently practice diverse forms of writing.
Four Monologues, from the play The Laws of Light by Aram Saroyan
READING: Wednesday, January 25, 7:00 P.M.
Poetry Foundation Auditorium, 61 West Superior Street
Benjamin Peterson as Osip Mandelstam
Robert Francis Curtis as Boris Pasternak
Alyssa Thordarsson as Anna Akhmatova
Katherine Acosta as Nehdezda Khazina
The open rehearsal preceding the staged reading was led by Brian Shaw on Wednesday, January 25.