Making Sense of the Senses Center for Book Arts

Summer Exhibitions Opening Reception: July 13, 2016, 6-8PM Sheherzade’s Gift: Subversive Narratives Organized by Jaishri Abichandani, Independent Curator and former Director, South Asian Women’s Creative Collective This exhibition examines the work of female artists of Irani, Afghani, Pakistani, Indian, Bangladeshi, and Egyptian heritage and who are influenced largely by the fables of Queen Sheherzade from A Thousand and One Nights. A polarizing figure for many women who have grown up with her, the Queen is berated by some for failing to challenge patriarchal mores while others have a keener understanding of the nature of her subversions. 

Artists included: Nida Abidi, Negar Ahkami, Fariba Salma Alam, Ambreen Butt, Ruby Chishti, Dahlia Elsayed, Roya Farassat, Mariam Ghani, Meena Hasan, Gita Hashemi, Mala Iqbal, Mona Saeed Kamal, Gelare Khoshgozaran, Sa’dia Rehman, Nooshin Rostami, Hiba Schahbaz, Negin Sharifzadeh, and Katherine Toukhy. Roundtable Discussions with Artists: Wednesday, August 10, 2016, 6:30PM and Wednesday, September 7, 2016, 6:30PM 

Making Sense of The Senses Organized by Alexander Campos, Executive Director & Curator, Center for Book Arts, and Peter Schell, Artist, Instructor, and Naturalist As the annual artist members’ exhibition, including invited artists, this exhibition presents artists’ books and related works that employ one or more of the senses: hearing, smell, sight, taste, and touch. Alternatively, some works conjure a conceptual idea using one (or more) of the senses, or poetically evoke the senses. Artists included: Aravind Adyanthaya, Ioulia Akhmadeeva, Rosaire Appel, Anita Gangi Balkun, Wardah Naeem Bukhari, Sophie Calle, Josely Carvalho, Julie Chen, Donald Daedalus, Aurora De Armendi, Sue Donym and Marie Guise, Ximena Perez Grobet, Antonio Guerra, Angela Lorenz, Sean Meehan, Susan Martin Maffei, Shervone Neckles, John Risseeuw, Paolo Salvagione, Zoë Sheehan-Saldaña, Ellen Sheffield, Robbin Ami Silverberg, Irwin Susskind, Barbara Tetenbaum, George A. Walker, Thomas Parker Williams, Tammy Wolfsey, and Dasha Ziborova. Roundtable Discussions with Artists: Wednesday, August 3, 2016, 6:30PM and Wednesday, September 14, 2016, 6:30PM Exhibitions on view through September 24, 2016 Front images: Top: Meena Hasan, “Chatterbox 4”; Bottom: Ximena Perez Grobet, “24 Hrs.” 

Support for the Center for Book Arts’ Visual Arts Program is provided, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and by the National Endowment for the Arts. 

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