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Participating Witness: The Poetics Of Granary Books

Mar 10, 2020 | 6:00 pm - Aug 29, 2020 | 7:00 pm

Join us on March 10, 2020, at 6 PM for a conversation between Granary Books publisher Steve Clay & editor and archivist Mary Catherine Kinniburgh that celebrates the opening of Participating Witness: The Poetics Of Granary Books.

For thirty-five years, Granary Books has brought together writers, artists, and bookmakers to publish work at the intersection of word, image, and page, engaging the province of the avant-gardes that emerge from the various strands of the New American Poetry, including collaborators affiliated with the New York School, Black Mountain, Beat, Ethnopoetics, Fluxus, concrete and visual poetry, book arts, and beyond, with nearly two hundred publications over the years.

The title of this exhibition, taken from Johanna Drucker’s recent essay about Granary in the CODEX Papers (Vol. 1, 2018), foregrounds what she calls a “vital combination of bringing forward and also generating works,” which embodies the spirit of Granary Books and its founder, Steve Clay. Here, it also serves as an organizing principle for the exhibition.

This exhibition features selected publications from 200­0­–2020, including limited-edition artists’ books, trade books, and other materials related to preparation and publication, the material foundations for engaging the “poetics” of Granary Books’ volumes. Forthcoming limited-edition artists’ books, including work by Jane Wodening, Timothy Ely, and Whit Griffin, will be on display for the first time.


Edward Sanders, A Book of Glyphs, Granary Books, 2014

Publisher Steve Clay holds Granary Book’s 2014 publication of A Book of Glyphs by Edward Sanders, while a Poets House staff person holds a photograph of Edward Sanders himself holding his original hand-produced edition.


 

Admission Free and open to the public.

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Start:
Mar 10, 2020 | 6:00 pm
End:
Aug 29, 2020 | 7:00 pm
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Cheney Chappell Exhibition Space, Poets House
10 River Terrace
New York, NY 10282 United States
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Phone:
212-431-7920
Website:
www.poetshouse.org