Ring in the New Year with Old Traditions in New York City
January 2, 2013 - In 2013, we are sure to welcome an array of new technologies that befit the modern era. While New York City is leading the way in capturing these innovative advancements, the City also remains the center of classic forms of technology: printmaking, papermaking and book arts. You may be able to download the latest best seller on your smart phone or computer, but organizations across the five boroughs specialize in engaging visitors in “hard-copy,” all year long.
Tomie Arai, Tsuka no ma (Briefly), Mixed media installation, dimensions vary.
The following list contains information about exhibitions, shops and classes on book arts, taking place Citywide this January. Feel free to return and enjoy the offerings at these organizations throughout the New Year!
EXHIBITIONS & CLASSES
Founded in 1975, Art Lab is a school located at Snug Harbor Cultural Center on Staten Island. In addition to courses in drawing, painting, sculpture and photography, Art Lab offers several courses in printmaking taught by working artists. This January, courses include an introductory printmaking course that covers etching, woodcuts and more; a course on monotype printmaking and mixed media collage; and an open studio program for eligible established printmakers to use Art Lab’s facilities. To learn more, visit artlab.info.
1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island
Center for Book Arts
The Center for Book Arts is dedicated to preserving the traditional artistic practices of book-making, as well as exploring and encouraging contemporary interpretations of the book as an art object. The Center has a full schedule of weekly events aimed at engaging audiences with book arts. Events include exhibitions, readings, artists' talks, lectures and more, most with a suggested admission of $10 for non-members. One of the three gallery shows opening January 18 is Tomie Arai: Tales from Home, with multimedia pages of ‘living’ history that reflect the layered and complex narratives that give meaning to the spaces we live in. An image from the exhibition is featured in this post. For more information, visit centerforbookarts.org.
28 West 27th Street, Manhattan
DUMBO’s Central Booking is a gallery focusing on the art of the book that aims to capture the breadth of the form. In addition to publishing a magazine dedicated to book art, the gallery also hosts regular events. Visit their website for updates on future upcoming events and exhibitions at centralbookingnyc.com.
111 Front Street, Brooklyn
Dieu Donne Papermill
Since 1976, Dieu Donne has been dedicated to the creation, promotion and preservation of contemporary art utilizing the hand papermaking process. The organization provides courses for people of all experience levels, starting with “Introduction to Contemporary Papermaking.” Visit Dieu Donne during your next visit to Chelsea and learn more about the organization’s residency program, studio services for emerging and mid-career artists and an archive, and enjoy a gallery that has regular exhibitions of works in paper. For more, visit dieudonne.org.
315 West 36th Street, Manhattan
Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts
Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts presents Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop Program, whose mission is to support artists' creative risk taking and innovation through print. For additional information, visit efanyc.org.
Manhattan Graphics Center
Since 1986, the Manhattan Graphics Center has provided access to professional facilities, classes and exhibition space, and remains a destination for devotees of old school printing technologies. If you speak in monotypes and collagraphs, then you’re in luck: space is still available in MGC’s Advanced Lithography class starting January 18. Starting January 7 the gallery space will have an exhibition of MCG member Sarah Vaughn’s strappo monotypes, a process that involves painting with acrylics on glass. To learn more, visit manhattangraphicscenter.org.
250 West 40th Street, Manhattan
Pratt Saturday Art School
Since 1897, Pratt Institute's Saturday Art School has been offering a broad range of classes for youth and adults. Students learn how to work in a variety of media, techniques and approaches in courses run by education students supervised by Pratt faculty. Courses include printmaking for students aged 9-12. For more, visit pratt.edu.
SHOPS & COLLECTIONS
Bowne & Co. Stationers, a print shop operated by the South Street Seaport Museum, was founded in 1775, by merchant and philanthropist Robert Bowne. Currently the shop specializes in nineteenth-century-style printing and uses letter presses dating as far back as 1844. Visit the print shop to experience the traditional craft of 19th century letterprinting and purchase cards handprinted in the shop. To learn more, visit southstreetseaportmuseum.org/category-s/1878.htm.
International Print Center New York, dedicated to the exhibition and study of fine art prints, will host their New Prints 013/Winter exhibition starting January 17. Admission to the gallery is free and open to the public. For additional details, visit ipcny.org.
Lower East Side Printshop is a printmaking studio founded in 1968 that hosts classes, residencies, exhibitions and more. Don’t be fooled by the name: the print shop is located on West 37th Street. For more, visit printshop.org.
Museum of Modern Art/Franklin Furnace Artist Book Collection includes books published internationally after 1960. Defenders of the avant garde, Franklin Furnace merged their collection with MoMA to form one of the world's premier repositories of artist books. To learn more, visit moma.org/research.
Noble Maritime Collection, in addition to a collection of maritime artwork, has a printmaking facility that is available for artists and students alike. Additionally, each summer the Young Printmakers program teaches students ages 11-17 traditional methods to make their own prints. For additional details, visit noblemaritime.org.
Self-proclaimed as “the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to publications made by artists,” Printed Matter was founded in 1976, and continues to host book launches, lectures, artist performances, exhibitions, readings and publish curated lists and essays online to help navigate the world in print. Accessibility is a major part of Printed Matter’s mission - their inventory focuses on affordable editions of an artwork and they often promote artists whose work is not commercially viable for wider distribution. To learn more, visit printedmatter.org.
195 Tenth Avenue, Manhattan