“A Way With Words: the Power and Art of the Book” Exhibition

Children's Museum of the Arts

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Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA) presents A Way With Words: The Power and Art of the Book, an exhibition that presents artworks which draw attention to the long and remarkable history of the book.

The invention of the printing press in the 1440s launched the book into the industrial age, increasing the production and distribution of the written word, and with it, knowledge and literacy. Today, our libraries are filled with millions of books, and the digital age allows us to access literature instantly in the palm of our hand. Because the book has been produced around the globe, it has become a versatile and creative source of artistic inspiration.

Including works by Cara Barer, Doug Beube, Long-Bin Chen, Casey Curran, Brian Dettmer, Ann Hamilton, Andrew Hayes, Lisa Kokin, Guy Laramée, Mike Stilkey, and Robert The, A Way With Words will show the transformation of everyday books into expressions of identity, community, environmentalism, memory, and reconstructed narratives. Families will see unconventional treatments such as cutting, weaving, tearing, burning, and shredding, as artists transform books into sculptures, animation, drawings, and paintings that capture the book’s significant history and power to inform the public. Children and their families will also create their own artworks inspired by the exhibition.
Top image: Robert The, Book Lobster ‘Art of the Masters’, 2011, altered book. Courtesy JHB Gallery, New York



from November 29, 2018 to April 29, 2019


http://cmany.org (venue's website)


General Admission $11, WEE ARTS DROP- IN: $25 Per Family, Thursdays 4-6pm Pay-As-You-Wish.

Venue Hours

From 12:00 To 17:00
thursdays closing at 18:00, fridays closing at 18:00, saturdays opening at 10:00, sundays opening at 10:00
Closed on Tuesdays


Address: 103 Charlton Street, New York, NY 10014
Phone: 212-274-0986 Fax: 212-274-1776

Between Hudson & Greenwich Sts. Subway: C/E to Spring Street.

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