Freed Formats: the book reconsidered
June 15 – July 28, 2019
Curated by Chris Perry & Alice Walsh
Opening reception: Saturday, June 15, 6 pm
Artists’ Talk: Saturday, June 22, 11 am, featuring Shiela Hale, Miriam Schaer, and Beatrice Coron
What is book art? It can be an existing book that has been altered by the artist; an original hand-made book using unconventional materials; an object that tells a story but does not resemble a conventional book; an object that opens like a book but contains no text inside.
Freed Formats appeals to all ages. Each person has a different feeling about what a book means to them. Book art engages anyone who has ever read, written or, for that matter, held a book in their hands. A book can impart information, entertain, outrage, inspire. With book art, the artist takes this thing we call a book, and turns it on its head, or turns it inside out, or turns it into something that is unrecognizable as ever having been a book.
Freed Formats features 135 works of book art by 53 artists from 17 states and 2 countries. Programming includes book-making workshops for adults and children, artist talks, and a screening of the documentary film Codex.
Around the Globe with Young People @ CAW
August 2 – 19, 2019
August 30 – September 25, 2019
Curated by Steven DiGiovanni, Head of the Drawing & Painting Department
Matter is the body, the “thing in itself,” the primordial soup. Matter is both universal and incidental. It is still, it is in motion and its resonances produce reflections. The five featured artists – Howard Al-Yasin, Olivia Bonilla, Joseph Fucigna, Alan Neider and Thomas Stavovy – seek to ground their aesthetic inquiries in the various properties and poetic potentials of matter. Their work is tactile, often rich in narrative, and emblematic of a desire to recover a sense of physical connectivity in a digitally virtual world.
Safe Haven: Sanctuary Cities
October 3 – November 9, 2019
Bringing together immigrant artists practicing in New Haven and around the country, Safe Haven will explore issues of place, cultural identity and dislocation. Related programming will include workshops and demonstrations, free roundtable talks and other public events.