QCA member John Chaich Curates Queering the BibliObject for the Center for Book Arts

Jade Yumang. Overflow 2. 2011. Cut out on seventeen gay pornographic magazines. 20 x 31 x 31 inches. Courtesy of the Artist.

Queering the BibliObject presents works by contemporary lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender artists who explore the book as an object, removed from both the narrative function and cover-to-cover form of the traditional artist's book.

The exhibition queries how the presence, absence, affect, and phenomenology of bibliobjects is heightened for LGBTQ individuals across cultures and chronologies, and considers how the treatment of the book as an object is a particularly queer artistic strategy.

Catalina Schliebener. Twice-Told Tales. 2016. Found books and objects, plexiglass box. 13.77 x 13.77 x 13.77 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

A mix of assemblage, drawing, performance, photography, sculpture, and video, the works are organized around four formal and conceptual approaches: restricting access to the book object; repurposing bound, printed matter as material or medium; reclaiming the book's context and content in order to reimagine narrative; and representing the self through, and/or relationship with, the book object.

Featured artists include: Nayland Blake, Ricardo A. Bracho, Justin Vivian Bond, Stefanie Boyd-Berks, Anna Campbell, charlesRyanlong, Eve Fowler, Leor Grady, Kris Grey, Garry Hayes, KleinReid, Aaron Krach, Lucas Michael, Aaron McIntosh, Allyson Mitchell, Catalina Schliebener, Tamale Sepp, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Tony Whitfield, and Jade Yumang.

Kris Grey. Still from Precarity (self portrait with DSM). 2016. Single Channel Video by Kris Grey with Maya Ciarrocchi. Courtesy of the artist.

Shelved between queer theory and thing theory, Queering the BibliObject reads between the lines of the conceptual and the material, the archived and the discarded, the personal and the historical. The exhibition poses that for LGBTQ individuals, our personal libraries or individual books often serve as containers of intellectual community and emotional connection, driving an impulse to curate, accumulate, anthropomorphize, and even fetishize the book object itself.

Queering the BibliObject is organized by independent curator John Chaich for the Center for Book Arts and will be accompanied by a full color catalogue featuring essays by Heather K. Love, Ph.D. (University of Pennsylvania) on affect and over-attachment and Scott Herring, Ph.D. (Indiana University Bloomington) on queer objecthood.

Event Details:

Exhibition Dates: April 15 – June 25, 2016

Opening Reception: Friday April 15,2016, 6 – 8 pm 

Roundtable: Friday, May13, 6:30 pm 

Gallery Talk & Catalogue Launch: Friday, June 17, 6:30 pm 

Where: 28 W. 27th St., 3rd Floor, NY, NY 

Subway: N/R to 28th St, or F to 23rd St 

Gallery Hours: Mon – Fri, 11 am – 6 pm; Sat, 10 am – 5 pm 

Admission: Free


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