Upcoming events

    • 25 Oct 2019
    • 19 Jan 2020
    • San Francisco Center for the Book, 375 Rhode Island Street, San Francisco, CA


    Title: Turning Over An Old Leaf: Contemporary Palm Leaf Work in South and Southeast Asia
    Dates: October 25, 2019 – January 19, 2020
    Location: San Francisco Center for the Book, 375 Rhode Island Street, San Francisco, CA
    Website: www.sfcb.org

    For centuries, incising text and images by hand on stacks of dried palm leaves was a dominant way of making books in many parts of South and Southeast Asia. This exhibition looks at new directions in palm leaf work now that printed editions on paper have superseded most of the historical functions of palm leaf manuscripts. Contemporary examples of artworks, manuscripts, and book-like structures from India, Bali, Sri Lanka, Burma (Myanmar), and Thailand will explore current practices of palm leaf work, alongside samples of manuscripts from the historical traditions. The works in the exhibition draw upon multiple research trips by Mary Austin and Betsy Davids.

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    Title: Studio In a Suitcase: Conservation With Limited Resources
    Date: Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 6-8 pm

    Program description: Karen Zukor of Zukor Art Conservation specializes in the repair and preservation of art and artifacts on paper - prints, drawings, watercolors, pastels, documents, maps, manuscripts, and rare books. This presentation will focus on the paper conservation and preservation work Karen has undertaken in Haiti and India, as well as some of the challenges of working outside of one’s own studio.

    Bio: Karen Zukor has been a professional paper conservator for 40 years and is a Fellow of the American Institute for Conservation. She has been responsible for many collections - including fine art, archival material, maps, documents, and rare books - held both in private hands and at institutions. In addition, she has trained both pre- and post-program interns for over 25 years, and lectures widely to the general public.


    Title: Palm Leaf Stories
    Date: Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 6-8 pm
    Location: San Francisco Center for the Book, 375 Rhode Island Street, SF. CA. 94103

    An evening of storytelling by co-curators Mary Austin and Betsy Davids, drawing upon the time-honored stories told through images in this exhibition's palm leaf work, as well as stories from their travels in search of this work through India, Bali, Sri Lanka, Burma (Myanmar), and Thailand.

    • 04 Feb 2020
    • 18 Apr 2020
    • Room 203 Building 10 Old Main 620 S. Knoles Dr. Flagstaff, Arizona 86011

    “May You Live in Interesting Times”
    A Book as Art Juried Exhibition


    The Northern Arizona University Art Museum announces a juried exhibition to be mounted in Spring of 2020. Open from February 4 until April 18, the exhibition, titled “May You Live in Interesting Times,” will present new works conceived within the conceptual category of the Book as Art, including Altered Books. The Museum invites submissions on significant themes derived from the issues we face here and around the world, including, but not limited to, environmental challenges, politics, immigration, race, and nationalism.

    Our 2020 exhibition will embrace widely varying conceptions of the “book” created in an equally diverse range of media. The Museum is producing this event in the firm belief that, in the age of virtual media, there is still a profoundly powerful effect to be drawn from prolonged interaction with a physical artifact in a “screen-free” environment.


Points of View: Histories of the Present

Scripps College, at the Claremont Colleges, Claremont, CA
January 9-10, 2015

Registration is Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm in the Clark Humanities Museum (http://wwcrippscollege.edu/events/clark).

Scripps College in Claremont, California will host the next CBAA Annual Meeting on January 9-10, 2015.  Scripps College is one of seven members of The Claremont Colleges Consortium located 35 miles east of Los Angeles. The theme Points of View: Histories of the Present focuses on approaches to teaching the recent history of artist books and how to locate resources to support that teaching. This meeting will capitalize on the diverse interests of CBAA members and look at topics in the history of our field from three points of view: from that of a scholar, a practitioner, and a librarian/collector/historian.


PROGRAM: Over two days, we will have sessions dividing artist book history into three parts with discussion surrounding representative examples: proto-artist books (Blaise Cendrars and Sonia Delaunay’s 1913 Transsibérien), the 1960s break from livres d’artistes (the work of Ed Ruscha), and contemporary book art using digital technologies (Sam Winston’s A Dictionary Story).  Each panel presentation by CBAA members, Scripps faculty and invited speakers will be followed by small-group discussions of the ideas presented. The second day will end with a Closing Conversation by Ed Ruscha, moderated by Marcia Reed.

For more details about the program, click here.


COMMITTEE MEETINGS: The CBAA Annual Meeting encourages interactions between members as well as practical discussions of the goals of the organization. Committee meetings will occur in two time slots, in which all members are encouraged to participate.


EXHIBITS: There will be an exhibit in the Clark Humanities Museum of books made by CBAA members, selected by Scripps students from Special Collections at Denison Library. Copies of the three books discussed in the presentations will also be on exhibit at the Museum along with ancillary materials. Other related exhibits will be presented at Denison and Honnold Libraries.


TOURS: Tours of a number of collections, libraries, and presses at The Claremont Colleges Consortium have been arranged, as well as off-campus tours to the Getty Museum and Huntington Library before the start of the Annual Meeting.

For more details about exhibits and tours, click here.


ACCOMMODATIONS: Doubletree by Hilton Claremont, at 555 West Foothill Boulevard, Claremont, CA 91711. Phone (909) 626-2411, FAX (909) 445-1829, Reservations (800) 222-TREE (or see direct link below). A block of rooms has been reserved; each room is $119 for a single or a double, from 1/8/15 through 1/11/15. Please use the Group Name, College Book Art Association, with the Group Code: CBA when making reservations for the hotel.


Our personalized web page for the hotel is: http://doubletree.hilton.com/en/dt/groups/personalized/O/ONTCLDT-CBA-20150108/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG.


AIRPORT: The closest airport to Claremont is Ontario Airport, 10 miles away. If you cannot get a reasonable rate to that airport, LAX is 55 miles away. You can schedule a SuperShuttle from each of several nearby airports for a fee.


The SuperShuttle Online Discount Code is  Z87GL  to get 10% off the normal fee for the shuttle from all nearby airports, which include Ontario (ONT), Los Angeles International (LAX), John Wayne Orange County (SNA), Long Beach (LGB) and Burbank (BUR). The link to SuperShuttle is https://www.supershuttle.com/default.aspx?GC=LNZQP.

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