Material Assumptions: Paper as Dialogue

June 15 - August 11, 2012
Curated by Jessica Cochran, with Elizabeth Isakson-Dado, Hannah King, and C.J. Mace


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Works from Dieu Donné by
Polly Apfelbaum, Sonya Blesofsky, Nina Bovasso, Mel Bochner, Beth Campbell, Chuck Close, Ian Cooper, William Kentridge, Matt Keegan, Glenn Ligon, Jessica Stockholder and Richard Tuttle

Newly commissioned works by
Deborah Boardman, Annica Cuppetelli & Cristobal Mendoza, Dan Devening, Susan Goethel Campbell, Daniel Luedtke, Kate McQuillen, Niall McClelland, Zoe Nelson, Julie Schenkelberg, Ian Schneller, Matthew Shlian and Anna Tsantir

About the Exhibition
Hand papermaking is a process that begins with the raw material of pulp and ends in sculpture, mixed media, installation and beyond.  To us “handmadeness” points not to a certain aesthetic or visual trope, but to realms of possibility. 

For the exhibition, we asked contemporary artists to create new work using abaca and cotton paper handmade to their specifications at the Center for Book and Paper Arts by graduate students. A second part of the exhibition features works created by artists in-residence at Dieu Donné, a New York-based non-profit artist workspace dedicated to the creation, promotion and preservation of contemporary art in the hand papermaking process.

The exhibition was organized as part of a curatorial studies independent study in the Interdisciplinary Arts Department, led by Melissa Potter, Acting Director, Book & Paper Program and Jessica Cochran, Curator of Exhibiitons. Visit the curatorial blog