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Gallery and Tours

Locking up type on the imposing stone in the pressroom

A visitor gets a close view of type
on the imposing stone in the pressroom.

Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Public demonstration tours of the historic printing and bookmaking facilities of Arion Press and the historic typefoundry of M & H Type are held Thursday afternoons at 3:30 p.m. and last approximately an hour and a half.

These tours provide an extraordinary opportunity to witness this unique facility, one of the last of its kind in the world, in full operation. Visitors can see how type is cast from hot metal in our foundry, watch pages being made up in the composition room and printed by letterpress, and learn how a book is bound by hand, from sewing to backing to casing in. Some of our historic machinery dates back to the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition. Our collection of typefaces is housed in 3,888 typecases, and amongst its many offerings can be found rare samples acquired by the Grabhorn brothers. Our trained craftspeople and apprentices will be your tour guides, combining instruction with demonstration. After the tour is over, feel free to browse our upstairs gallery, which features a rotating exhibition of our latest projects.

There is a charge of $10.00 per person, payable by cash or check made out to “The Grabhorn Institute”. Reservations are required. The tours are sponsored by the nonprofit Grabhorn Institute. For reservations call (415) 668-2548 or e-mail grabhorn@arionpress.com.

We welcome group tours of up to 75 persons. If your group is unable to attend our weekly Thursday tour and would like to schedule a special tour, please contact us for scheduling and pricing information.

Exhibitions in the Arion Press Gallery


The gallery is open free to the public on weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and by special appointment.

  • Now on view and for sale: Kara Walker, lithographs for Porgy & Bess; Jonathan Hammer, prints for Animal Farm; Michael Kenna, photographs of Paris and Japan; Kiki Smith, 16 images of her own hair for I Love My Love by poet Helen Adam; William T. Wiley, color print for Don Quixote; Julie Mehretu, color prints for poetry by Sappho;

    Artist Kiki Smith creating artwork for the book Sampler

    Artist Kiki Smith creating artwork
    for the book Sampler

    Raymond Pettibon, drawings for our edition of South of Heaven by Jim Thompson; Jim Dine, prints for Biotherm and The Case of the Wolf-Man; William Blake, thirteen facsimile prints of watercolor illustrations for Paradise Lost; Stan Washburn, artwork for Tono-Bungay and The Moonstone; Jess's The Boobus and the Bunnyduck; William T. Wiley, artwork and unique hand-colored prints for Godot; Mark Ulriksen, paintings for A Day in the Bleachers; Alex Katz, etchings for Gloria by Bill Berkson; William Matthews, color prints for Arcadia by Tom Stoppard; Bruce Conner, photogravures; Robert Graham, twenty-four lithographs for Lie, Sit, Stand, Be Still by Michael McClure; Mel Kendrick woodblock prints; Caroll Dunham prints for The Alienist; Andrew Jackson Grayson, 156 bird portraits for Birds of the Pacific Slope; and The Arion Press Folio Bible.
  • Events & Grabhorn Institute Lectures


    Events take place in the gallery. Seating is limited, so please call or e-mail to reserve. Also see photos of recent events.

    Santa vists Arion PressDecember 6, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Arion Press Holiday Open House. Tours, Sale Items, Gallery Exhibit, Refreshments, Special Guests & Holiday Cheer. Don’t miss this weekend opportunity to experience the historic bookmaking and letterpress workshop of Arion Press and M&H Type, designated an “irreplaceable cultural treasure” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. See where books are made, including our historic printing presses, 100-year-old machinery, and one of the largest collections of metal type in North America! Tours of the typefoundry, press room, and book bindery at noon and 2 p.m.

    Select Arion Press titles at 20% off. Also offered for sale will be scarce items from the Arion and Grabhorn archives – sure to appeal to the bibliophile, art lover, or history buff. Exhibit and sale of fine press books, prints, photographs, and posters by artists including Michael Kenna, Kara Walker, Kiki Smith, William T. Wiley, Julie Mehretu, Raymond Pettibon, Jim Dine and Julian Lethbridge.


    Julie Mehretu portrait from The New Yorker

    Artist Julie Mehretu

    Through December 31, 2014: Julie Mehretu: Hand-Colored Prints for Poetry of Sappho: In the Arion Gallery, exhibit of artist Julie Mehretu's newly hand-colored prints, which replace the black and white images offered in 2011 with Poetry of Sappho.

    Through December 31, 2014: Kara Walker: Lithographs for Porgy & Bess: In the Arion Gallery, exhibit of artist Kara Walker's lithographs for the Arion Press release, Porgy & Bess.

    2015: The Designer Bookbinders Exhibition will travel to the Minnesota Center for the Book Arts (Jan 10-March 28, 2015), Bonhams in NYC (Apr 10-April 19, 2015), and the San Francisco Center for the Book (Jun 6-July 5, 2015). More information at www.designerbookbinders.org.uk

    Also see photos of recent events.

    Exhibition in the Arion Press / Grabhorn Institute gallery

    Ongoing and special exhibitions are
    on view in the gallery, open weekdays.

    Upcoming Fairs

    November 4 through 9, 2014 in New York: Arion Press will exhibit at the International Fine Print Dealers Print Fair at the Park Avenue Armory (643 Park Avenue at 67th Street) in New York, November 4 through 9. Showing artwork and books with Julian Lethbridge, Kara Walker, Jonathan Hammer, Julie Mehretu, Wendy Artin, William T. Wiley, Bruce Conner, and others.

    February 8 - 11 2015 in Richmond, California: Arion Press at Codex International Book Fair & Symposium.

    Recent Events

    In New York, November 3, 2014, at 7 p.m.: Reading and book signing for What the End is For, a selection of poetry by Jorie Graham with prints by Julian Lethbridge and an introductory essay by Helen Vendler. At 192 Books (Paula Cooper Gallery) 190 Tenth Avenue, New York City. Seating is limited. You are advised to rsvp in advance and ask for Arion Press seats when you arrive. RSVP: arionpress@arionpress.com or 415-668-2542. The Arion Press edition of What the End is For and an accompanying suite of Julian Lethbridge color prints can also be viewed November 6 through 9 at the Park Avenue Armory during the IFPDA Print Fair. Arion publisher Andrew Hoyem will speak Tuesday, November 11, at the Center for Fiction.

    November 8 - 9, 2014: SF Open Studios with 5 guest artists and Arion Press books and prints.

    September 11, 2014: NYC, Arion Press editions of poetry of Seamus Heaney on exhibit at the Grolier Club, through November 1.


    September 11, 2014: Cambridge, Mass. Exhibition of Artist Bookbindings of Arion Press Editions through Dec. 13: Six Arion Press books have been bound by eminent members of the Designer Bookbinders in London. Currently on view at Harvard's Houghton Library are the Arion editions of Journey Around My Room, Thomas Jefferson’s Paris Walks, The Moonstone, The Memoirs of Benjamin Franklin, The Wasteland, and The Silverado Squatters.

    September 25, 2014: Arion Press Gallery, Gutenberg’s Apprentice. Reading and signing by novelist Alix Christie. 6 p.m. reception, with program at 7 p.m. Read more

    June 11, 2014: Ben Tarnoff, an illustrated talk, “Moneymakers: The History of Counterfeiting in America”, by the author of A Counterfeiter's Paradise: The Wicked Lives and Surprising Adventures of Three Early American Moneymakers. 6 p.m. Refreshments from 5:00 p.m. Free. Sponsored by the Grabhorn Institute and the National Endowment for the Arts. RSVP: grabhorn@arionpress.com

    May 5, 2014: Annual Grabhorn Institute Benefit Dinner at Arion Press, with honored guests poet Jorie Graham, painter Julian Lethbridge, and poetry scholar Helen Vendler. Save the date. INFO: grabhorn@arionpress.com

    April 16, 2014: Adam Hochschild, an illustrated talk on the origins of the 1914-1918 war, “The War Within the War: An Unknown Story of World War I”, by the author of To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion. 6 p.m. Free. Sponsored by the Grabhorn Institute and the National Endowment for the Arts. Check back for further details. RSVP: grabhorn@arionpress.com

    January 31, 2014: Publication Party with Diane Johnson. Remarks and book signing for Johnson's new memoir, Flyover Lives, by the novelist, New York Review essayist, and Arion Press author (Johnson has written introductions to The Age of Innocence and The Sundial). 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Arion Press, 1802 Hays Street, The Presidio. Free. Sponsored in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. RSVP: grabhorn@arionpress.com

    January 22, 2014: Offsite in San Francisco. Lucy Gray, photographs and a dramatic reading from The Day of the Locust. Gray directs six models from her series of photographs of scenes from the recent Arion Press limited edition of Nathanael West’s great Hollywood novel. The book with 20 photographs by Gray will be on view and for sale. 6 p.m. The Mechanics Institute, 57 Post Street, San Francisco. $10 for friends of Lucy Gray. Read more and RSVP.

    Thursday, January 2, 5:00 to 7:30 p.m: Adam Hochschild and Peter Stansky in Conversation at Animal Farm Party: Join us as we celebrate the release of the new Arion Press edition of Orwell's Animal Farm illustrated by Jonathan Hammer, who will be in attendance. Historians Adam Hochschild and Peter Stansky discuss George Orwell's novel and the Spanish Civil War. View video of event.

    December 7, 2013: Holiday Open House and Sale: The Press is open for a sale and tours from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please tell your friends about this unusual opportunity to visit the Press on a weekend. Join us for tours of the typefoundry, press room, and bindery at noon and 3 p.m., and gallery displays of Arion books, prints, broadsides, photographs and posters, including special sale items. Also, celebrated artists Lucy Gray (1–4 p.m.), Stan Washburn (1–4 p.m.), and Mark Ulriksen (2–3 p.m.) will be on hand talking about their Arion Press books and current work. Refreshments will be served.

    Offsite in San Francisco, November 19, 6:00 p.m. Arion Press Publisher Andrew Hoyem reads at "Seamus Heaney: the Berkeley Days" with poet Robert Hass, Robert Tracy, Ron Loewinsohn, Peter Dale Scott, and others at the Mechanics Institute. Hoyem will read from and show the last work published in Heaney’s lifetime, the Arion Press edition Stone from Delphi, along with the Arion collection Squarings. 57 Post Street, rsvp required to Mechanics Institute.

    Fisherman by Kara Walker
    Lithograph by Kara Walker
    for Porgy & Bess

    In New York, November 6: We are very excited to be showing our new edition of the libretto of Porgy & Bess, containing 16 lithographs by one of the most admired American artists working today, Kara Walker. The large format letterpress printed volume is accompanied by a portfolio of four different images by Kara Walker. This is the first series of lithographs by the artist, who will be present during the IFPDA Print Fair opening gala on Wednesday, November 6, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

    In New York, November 7: There will be a reception for Wendy Artin from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Arion Press IFPDA Print Fair display of the book edition of Stone from Delphi, that contains 16 of her images. This collection of the great Irish poet’s work with classical themes was the last of his books published before his death on August 30. You can read our tribute to Heaney, with an account of our publication party with him and his family in Rome this past May.

    In New York, November 9: Lucy Gray, Photographs for The Day of the Locust, reception from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. for photographer Lucy Gray at the Arion stand (booth 204) at the IFPDA Print Fair at the Park Avenue Armory.

    Through October 31, 2013: Lucy Gray: Photographs for The Day of the Locust. On view are twenty photographs by San Francisco photographer Lucy Gray, in the form of movie stills, from The Day of the Locust, the classic Hollywood novel by Nathanael West, which has an introduction by film critic David Thomson.

    Through October 15, 2013: Jim Dine’s Biotherm: Photogravures on the Frank O’Hara Poem. Artist Jim Dine’s interpretation of Frank O'Hara's famous poem, Biotherm, pays homage to the last long work by O'Hara, whose accidental death at age forty deprived America of one of its most innovative poets. Also on view are books and prints by Julie Mehretu, Kiki Smith, Raymond Pettibon, William T. Wiley, and Michael Kenna.

    Through October 31, 2013: William Matthews: Arcadia by Tom Stoppard. Renowned watercolor artist William Matthews’ visions of the English garden setting of Stoppard’s great play, exhibited in honor of A.C.T’s new production running May 16 - June 9. On view are Matthews’ large-scale color prints of Sidley Park, as well as his original watercolors and the Arion Press edition of Arcadia.

    October 5, 2013: Arion Press Fall Open House and Sale. The Press is open for a sale and tours from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please tell your friends about this unusual opportunity to visit the Press on a weekend. Join us for a gallery display of Arion books, prints, broadsides, photographs and posters, including special sale items. The Day of the Locust photographer Lucy Gray will appear, 3 to 5 pm. Also, tours of the typefoundry, press room, and bindery at noon and 3 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

    June 27, 2013: Reading by Poet Bill Berkson at 6 pm. Poet Bill Berkson reads from Frank O'Hara's poem, Biotherm, in connection with an exhibit of the Arion Press edition and the series of large photogravures made by Jim Dine, who knew both poets in New York in the 1950s. O'Hara's poem is dedicated to Berkson, who wrote a guide to the references in the poem included in the Arion Press edition. The reading is 6 pm, with a cocktail reception beginning at 5 pm. (Please note change of date.)

    June 15, 2013: Arion Press Spring Open House and Sale. The Press is open for a sale and tours on from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. We only do this twice a year. Please tell your friends about this unusual opportunity to visit the Press on a weekend day. Join us for a gallery display of Arion books, prints, broadsides, photographs and posters, including special sale items. Tours of the typefoundry, press room, and bindery are at noon and 3 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

    May 8 - June 3, 2013: Exhibition of Arion Press / Wendy Artin watercolors of Greek and Roman statuary for the new Arion Press edition by Seamus Heaney, Stone from Delphi, at the American Academy in Rome.

    Tuesday, April 23, 2013: Grabhorn Institute Annual Spring Benefit Dinner. Special guest Ed Ruscha, the revered LA artist known for his paintings of words and letter forms, as well as making his own books. At the Arion Press, with cocktails, tours of the production facility, and a sit-down dinner. Read more: Benefit Dinner details and reservations.

    Through April 19, 2013: Mark Ulriksen Exhibit. Egg tempera paintings by Mark Ulriksen for the Arion Press edition of A Day in the Bleachers are on display and for sale in the Arion Press Gallery. A Day in the Bleachers, by Arnold Hano, is the classic account of the Giant's victory in the 1954 World Series, including Willie Mays' famous "catch".

    Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.: San Francisco artist Mark Ulriksen gives an illustrated talk, “Under the Covers,” on his political and sports illustrations for The New Yorker. Reception at 5 p.m. Talk at 6 p.m. RSVP: 415-668-2542 or grabhorn@arionpress.com. Sponsored by National Endowment for the Arts and the Grabhorn Institute.

    Through Feb. 28, 2013: Exhibition of Wendy Artin watercolors of Greek and Roman statuary for the new Arion Press edition by Seamus Heaney, Stone from Delphi. Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.: "Media inventor" Robin Sloan reads from his debut novel, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, his well-reviewed tale of books, code-breaking, data visualization, young love, typography, and the meaning of life — mostly set in a hole-in-the-wall San Francisco bookstore. Reception at 5 p.m. Talk at 6 p.m. Book signing to follow. November 27. RSVP: 415-668-2542 or grabhorn@arionpress.com. Sponsored by National Endowment for the Arts and the Grabhorn Institute.

    Thursday, June 28, 2012, 6:00 p.m. Poet Diana O'Hehir reads from her new book, Walk Me to Schenectady. Refreshments from 5:00 p.m. She is the author of seven volumes of poetry, five novels, and founder of the creative writing program at Mills College. RSVP: 510-647-8841 or grabhorn@arionpress.com. Sponsored by Depot Books and the Grabhorn Institute.

    Tuesday, April 24, 2012: Grabhorn Institute Annual Spring Benefit Dinner. Special guests will be poet Dana Gioia, the charismatic former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, and Berkeley painter Stan Washburn, the artist for such Arion Press editions as The Lie of the Mind, the play by Sam Shepard, and H.G. Wells' novel Tono-Bungay. In the gallery at Arion Press, with cocktails, tours of the production facility, and a sit-down dinner.

    Tuesday, March 6, 2012, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.: Publication celebration for Poetry of Sappho. Page duBois will speak about Sappho and will be joined by John Daley in readings from the poems in Greek and English translation.

    Wednesday, November 16, 6:00 p.m.: How Music Looks: The Printed Page a talk by composer and scholar Charles Boone about revolutionary ideas, beginning in the late 1950s, about the relation of musical notation to the music it represents. Sound and visual examples will abound. Reception beginning at 5p.m.

    Tuesday, October 11, 6:00 p.m.: Screening of the documentary film Making Faces: Metal Type in the 21st Century. Making Faces is a fascinating design documentary by Richard Kegler that captures the personality and work process of the late Canadian graphic artist and type designer Jim Rimmer (1931 - 2010). 45 minutes.

    Wednesday, June 8, 2011, 6:00 p.m.: “Charlotte Salomon’s Life or Theater?: A Multimedia Artists’ Book,” a talk by Stanford visiting professor Mary Felstiner on the life of this Nazi-era artist. Working at a feverish pace over two years, the 24 year old refuge documented her Berlin girlhood of the 1920s and 1930s in 1,300 paintings combining image, texts, and musical notation. Three hundred paintings are on view at the Contemporary Jewish Museum through July 31. Felstiner is the world authority on Charlotte Salomon and was awarded the American History Association Award for her 1994 biography of the artist. A reception begins at 5 p.m. RSVP required: (415) 668-2548 or grabhorn@arionpress.com. Sponsored by the Grabhorn Institute with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

    Wednesday, March 30, 2011, 6:00 p.m.: Poet and translator Robert Pinsky. A reading from his recent work and historical selections by former United States Poet Laureate and author of the current Salon “Poem of the Month” feature. RSVP required: (415) 668-2548 or grabhorn@arionpress.com. Charge at the door: $10 per person. Refreshments from 5:00 p.m. Sponsored by the Grabhorn Institute with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

    Tuesday, April 26, 2011: Grabhorn Institute Annual Spring Benefit Dinner. Special guests will be photographer Michael Kenna and Dallas art collector Marguerite Hoffman. In the gallery at Arion Press, with cocktails, tours of the production facility, and a sit down dinner. Michael Kenna has generously donated for sale eight prints from his Japan series to benefit the Grabhorn Institute. Read more about the special guests, Kenna photos, and the benefit, and reserve online, or call the Grabhorn Institute at (415) 668-2548, or e-mail grabhorn@arionpress.com.

    Thursday, March 10, 2011, in New York City: Exhibition “A Landmark Don Quixote: Books, Prints, Drawings for the Arion Press 2010 edition with artist William T. Wiley,” The Queen Sofia Spanish Institute, 684 Park Avenue, New York. Opening reception, 5 to 8:30 p.m., and lecture, 6 p.m., with William T. Wiley, translator Edith Grossman, and publisher Andrew Hoyem. Exhibition runs through June 8. Lecture RSVP required: grabhorn@arionpress.com. Co-sponsored by the Americas Society. Download the press release and the Paris Review article.

    Wednesday, March 16 through Sunday, March 20, 2011 in Chicago: Arion Press exhibited in Chicago at the Sidney Yates Gallery, Chicago Cultural Center this year for the Chicago Print and Drawing Fair, with the opening on March 16, and extending daily through Sunday, March 20. Publications with Raymond Pettibon and William T. Wiley, among others, were on exhibit.

    Friday, February 25, 2011, 5:00 to 7:30 p.m.: “ARTseed Students Interpret Don Quixote” Reception and exhibition of work by students from diverse San Francisco backgrounds at the Presidio 2010 summer art camp run by ARTseed. After watching the Arion Press production of its edition of Don Quixote, students made their own Quixote-inspired collages, prints, and puppets on display here. RSVP required: (415) 668-2548 or grabhorn@arionpress.com. Sponsored by the Grabhorn Institute with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

    Tuesday, October 26, 2010:"Sidney Paget’s Sherlock Holmes: Conversation with the Collector" on Tuesday, October 26, 2010. Book collector Glen Miranker will discuss Paget and his association with The Strand Magazine, Sherlock Holmes, and Arthur Conan Doyle. The talk begins at 6 p.m., with refreshments from 5 p.m. RSVP required: (415) 668-2548 or grabhorn@arionpress.com. Sponsored by the Grabhorn Institute with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

    Monday, October 4, 2010: "The King James Bible and the Resonance of American Prose (Melville to Hemingway and Faulkner, Cormac McCarthy and Marilynne Robinson)", a talk by Robert Alter, Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley. Alter is author of The Bible as Literature and translator of Genesis, Psalms, and Daniel. Monday October 4, 2010, 6:00 p.m. Refreshments from 5:00 p.m. RSVP: 415-668-2548 or grabhorn@arionpress.com. Robert Alter’s Pen of Iron: American Writers and the King James Bible available to be signed. Sponsored by the Grabhorn Institute with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

    Wednesday, August 11, 2010: "Book Learning", a talk by Julie Chen, book artist and proprietor of The Flying Fish Press. A program of the College Book Arts Association's Grabhorn Fellows Workshop. Wednesday August 11, 6:00 p.m. Refreshments from 5:00 p.m. Julie Chen is an internationally known book artist and professor in the book art program at Mills College. Artist books by the 2010 Grabhorn Fellows displayed in the gallery. Sponsored by the Grabhorn Institute with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

    Friday, April 30: Jungian analyst John Beebe and others from the San Francisco Jung Institute on “Publishing Jung’s Red Book after Nearly a Century”. Co-sponsored by the Grabhorn Institute and the National Endowment for the Arts.

    March 1, 2010. Celebrating the publication of Don Quixote, illustrated by William T. Wiley, with a cocktail reception and a slide lecture on illustrated editions of Cervantes by Dr. Charles Faulhaber, Director of the Bancroft Library: "The Iconography of Don Quixote: A Tour of 350 Years of Printing History", and remarks by artist William T. Wiley. Talk and exhibit supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Gleeson Library at the University of San Francisco.

    Wednesday, February 10, 2010. Celebrating Lewis Mitchell, Master Typecaster, on his sixty years of employment at Mackenzie & Harris, aka M & H Type, from 5:30 to 7:30. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the type foundry and pressroom; 1802 Hays Street, The Presidio, San Francisco. Co-sponsored by the Grabhorn Institute and the National Endowment for the Arts.

    -2009 EVENTS-

    Tuesday, December 8, 5:00 p.m. Celebrate three ways with Arion Press: the holidays, our most recent publication, and the birthday of the late poet Helen Adam. Join us to celebrate the eve of the 100th birthday of poet Helen Adam, the author of the ballad "I Love My Love", illustrated by artist Kiki Smith with sixteen images of her own hair. Helen Adam was an influential figure in the San Francisco and New York poetry scenes from the 1950s through the 1970s. The new edition of Don Quixote, illustrated by William T. Wiley, will also be on view.

    Monday, October 26, 5:00 p.m. Eric Karpeles, artist and author of the acclaimed new study Paintings in Proust, gave an illustrated talk entitled "My Book is a Painting: How Paintings Informed the Making of Proust's Great Novel". Refreshments at 5:00 p.m., talk at 6:00. Sponsored by the Grabhorn Institute with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

    Tuesday, September 8, 5:00 p.m. Publication party and readings for The Nachman Stories by Leonard Michaels. The celebration featured eadings and commentary by Robert Hass, Wendy Lesser, Ethan Michaels, Andrew Hoyem, and Fred Crews. This book brings together for the first time in one volume the stories featuring Raphael Nachman as their hero. Cocktail reception at 5:00 p.m., readings at 6:00 p.m.

    Monday, September 21, 5:00 p.m. Inner Light Books publisher Charles Martin talk, “Quaker Publishing: Reviving Lost Classics for the 21st Century”. Inner Light Books publishes books by and about Quakers and books that examine Quaker values. Reception at 5:00 p.m., talk at 6:00 p.m. Sponsored by the Grabhorn Institute with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

    Friday, August 14, 5:00 p.m. Closing reception and exhibition for the 2009 Grabhorn Fellows, a group of ten outstanding book arts students from around the country, selected by the College Book Art Association. Held concurrently with an exhibition and discussion of the Fellows' artist books in the gallery.

    This was the inaugural year of the Grabhorn Fellows program, a week-long residency workshop sponsored by the nonprofit Grabhorn Institute, where students learned about the running of a fine press, from concept and design, through typography, printing, and binding, to sales and marketing. This annual program is co-sponsored by the College Book Art Association. For more information, please contact us.

    Wednesday, April 22, 6:00 p.m. Grabhorn Institute Spring Benefit Dinner with guest of honor Stephen Shore. This year's guest of honor was renowned New York photographer Stephen Shore, who illustrated the Arion edition of Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence in 2004. Please visit the benefit page for more information on the special offering of five Shore photographs, sales of which proceed the Grabhorn Institute.

    Wednesday, March 11, 5:00 p.m. Talk by noted historian Fred Kaplan, "Abraham Lincoln as a Writer". Professor Kaplan is the biographer of Mark Twain and Henry James and the author of the recent Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer, which is cited as among the latest reading of President Obama. Reception at 5 p.m., talk at 6 p.m. Celebrating the 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birth. Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Book Club of California, and the Brick Row Book Shop. Reservations required: (415) 668-2542 or grabhorn@arionpress.com

    Wednesday, February 25, 5:00 p.m. Book artist and cultural critic Johanna Drucker on "Writing as a Printer, Printing as a Writer". Drucker is the Bernard and Martin Breslauer Professor of Bibliography at UCLA. Her scholarly work includes Sweet Dreams: Contemporary Art and Complicity (2005) and Graphic Design History: A Critical Guide, with Emily McVarish (2008). On display will be a number of Drucker's artist's books with her own writing and images. Reception at 5 p.m. The talk begins at 6 p.m. and will be followed by a musical interlude by vocalist Syd Straw, accompanying herself on guitar. Sponsored by the Grabhorn Institute with support from the Book Club of California and the National Endowment for the Arts.

    -2008 EVENTS-

    Tuesday, December 9, 5:00 p.m. A celebration of the 400th anniversary of John Milton's birthday (9 December 1608 - 8 November 1674). At 6:00, Andrew Hoyem delivered a lecture on “Milton's Paradise Lost Regained”. An exhibition of early and special editions of Paradise Lost, Milton's great work, included the Baskerville edition as well as the Arion Press typographic limited edition, with commentaries by Blake scholar Robert N. Essick and Milton scholar John Shawcross, and accompanied by our William Blake portfolio. Sponsored by the Grabhorn Institute with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

    Wednesday, November 19, 5:00 p.m. Party celebrating the release of our most recent publication, The Structure of Rime, the first collected edition of the series of prose poems by Robert Duncan, with an introduction by Michael Palmer, and augmented by etchings by Frank Lobdell. An exhibition of color etchings by Frank Lobdell, offered for sale with the book and an accompanying print, is mounted in the gallery. Readings from the poetry were presented by Michael Palmer, Christopher Wagstaff, and Andrew Hoyem at 6:00.

    Sunday, October 12, 2008, 6:00 p.m. Novelist Diane Johnson signed and read from her latest book, Lulu in Marrakech. Johnson is the author of the introduction to the Arion Press edition of Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence.

    Tuesday, September 23, 2008, 5:00 p.m. Publication party celebrating the release of the Arion Press edition of Tono-Bungay by H. G. Wells, with artwork by Stan Washburn.

    Tuesday, July 15, 2008, 6:00 p.m. Double-feature screening of legendary films of plays by Samuel Beckett. See event photos.
    At 6 p.m.: Krapp's Last Tape with Irish actor Jack MacGowran. Directed for TV by Alan Schneider in 1971 but never shown.
    At 7 p.m.: Buffet dinner.
    At 8 p.m.: Waiting for Godot with Zero Mostel and Burgess Meredith. Directed by Alan Schneider in 1961 for PBS WNET.
    Sponsored by the Grabhorn Institute with support from the Book Club of California and the National Endowment for the Arts.

    Wednesday, June 25, 2008, 6:00 p.m. William Stout on “Collecting Frank Lloyd Wright”, an informal talk by architect and publisher William Stout, with a viewing of rare items from his personal collection of books and graphics by and about Wright. Sponsored by the Grabhorn Institute with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Book Club of California. See event photos.

    Tuesday, April 22, 2008, 6:00 p.m. The annual Grabhorn Institute Spring Benefit Dinner. With honored guest William T. Wiley, who has upcoming retrospectives at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., and at the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco. Please visit the Grabhorn Institute webpage for more information about the special offering of Wiley prints and a drawing.

    Tuesday, February 26, 2008, 6:00 p.m. Helvetica screening. The documentary by Gary Hustwit, released in 2007 to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the type's introduction. Sponsored by the Grabhorn Institute with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Book Club of California, and the San Francisco Center for the Book.

    Friday, January 4, 2008, 5:00 p.m. The premier showings of The Household of Robert Duncan and Jess: An Intimate Portrait of a Legendary Home, a documentary by Christopher Wagstaff and David Fratto, and an excerpt from Peekaboo Flicks, home movies made by Jess, 1981-91. Sponsored by the Grabhorn Institute with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Book Club of California.

    -2007 EVENTS-

    Monday, September 10, 2007, 6:00 p.m. Chicago printing scholar Kim Coventry with an illustrated talk entitled “Printing for the Modern Age: Commerce, Craft, and Culture from the Presses of RR Donnelley”. The firm of RR Donnelley was founded 140 years ago and is now the nation's largest printing operation. This event is part of the Grabhorn Institute Lecture Series, preceded by a reception at 5 p.m. Sponsored by the Grabhorn Institute with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Book Club of California.

    Wednesday, August 15, 2007, 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. Opening reception for the exhibit “Pj’s on the Qt: selected Tangrams / more pieces to the puzzle”. Tangram is the limited edition press of Jerry Reddan, longtime printer for Arion Press, and has published many wonderful small books of poetry and prose by prominent writers including Jim Dodge and Barry Lopez. In the words of Southwest BookViews, “Tangram is a limited-edition, letterpress house in Berkeley that pays attention to detail and the quality of a book as physical object, amplifying its role as the repository of well-chosen words.” The exhibition is sponsored by the Grabhorn Institute and supported by The Book Club of California and the National Endowment for the Arts.

    Tuesday, May 22, 2007, 6:00 p.m. Twelve Men in a Print Shop by Adam Hochschild. To mark the 200th anniversary of Britain's abolition of the slave trade, an illustrated talk, Twelve Men in a Print Shop, by Adam Hochschild, author of Bury the Chains, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Award in History and the PEN-USA Prize. The abolition campaign was launched in James Phillips' print shop in George Yard, London on May 22, 1787. Sponsored by the Grabhorn Institute with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Book Club of California, and the English-Speaking Union.

    Tuesday, April 24, 2007, 6:00 p.m. The Grabhorn Institute Spring Benefit Dinner. Guest of honor: artist John Baldessari. A celebration benefiting the Institute's programs in the history of printing, the art of the book, preservation, and education, including apprenticeships in typecasting, printing, and bookbinding. For information and to reserve: 415-668-2548 or email grabhorn@arionpress.com.

    Sunday, April 15, 2007, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Andrew Hoyem has been selected to receive the Fred Cody Lifetime Achievement Award during the 26th annual Northern California Book Awards on Sunday, April 15, 2007. Read more.

    Monday, March 19, 2007, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Internationally acclaimed book binder Jill Tarlau talking about her work in connection with the exhibition “Jill Oriane Tarlau: Embroidered Bindings”, an exhibition of 22 bindings using rare and luxurious materials. Sponsored by the Grabhorn Institute and the Book Club of California with support from the National Endowment of the Arts.

    Saturday, March 10, 2007, 10:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m. Arnold Hano, author of Arion's recent book A Day in the Bleachers, on the radio show West Coast Live on March 10th. Now in his 85th year, Hano discusses the book as well as his take on baseball today. West Coast Live takes place in front of a live audience at the Freight and Salvage, 1111 Addison, Berkeley, CA, and is broadcast on dozens of stations across the country as well as Sirius satellite radio.

    Tuesday, February 27, 2007, 7:00 p.m. Andrew Hoyem presenting at the opening of the exhibition “Andrew Hoyem & Arion Press: 36 Books 1976-2006,” at the Gutenberg Museum, Mainz (Frankfurt). For more information and directions, see the Gutenberg Museum website.

    Friday, January 12, 2007, Morgan City, Louisiana: Charles Martin of Arion Press presenting a slide lecture on Andrew Jackson Grayson's Birds of the Pacific Slope at the Everett Street Gallery, 201 Front Street, Morgan City, LA at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, January 12, 2007. Sponsored by the Humanities Council of Louisiana and the Book Club of California.

    -2006 EVENTS-

    Saturday, November 18, 2006, Lexington, Kentucky: Andrew Hoyem at the University of Kentucky on Saturday, November 18 in an afternoon seminar during the King Library Press Fiftieth Anniversary celebration. The presentation is titled “Bible, Baseball, and Beckett: Recent Arion Press Books”. More information.

    Wednesday, November 8, 2006, 6:00 p.m. The History of London Bookselling. Historian C. Paul Christianson gave a slide lecture on “The Beginnings of the English Book Trade: The Booksellers of Early Tudor London”. Sponsored by the Grabhorn Institute and the Book Club of California.

    Tuesday, May 2, 2006, 6:00 p.m. A conversation with Joseph Goldyne and his collaborators in artists' books, moderated by Charles Hobson. With an accompanying exhibition of Goldyne's artist books through June 4, 2006.

    Tuesday, April 25, 2006, 6:30 p.m. The annual Grabhorn Institute Benefit Dinner, this year celebrating the fifth anniversary of the Institute. With honored guests Ira Michael Heyman, past Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, and Mel Kendrick, New York Sculptor and Print Maker, who contributed woodblock prints for the Arion Press edition of Kora in Hell, prose poems by William Carlos Williams. For more information, please visit the Grabhorn Institute page.

    Tuesday, March 21, 2006, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Signing and reception of recent art and design books: Jacquelynn Baas, Smile of the Buddha: Eastern Philosophy and Western Art from Monet to Today (University of California Press); C. Paul Christianson, The Riverside Gardens of Thomas More's London (Yale University Press); Leslie Freudenheim, Building with Nature: Inspiration for the Arts & Crafts Home (Gibbs Smith Publishers); Diana Ketcham, The de Young in the 21st Century: A Museum by Herzog & de Meuron (Thames & Hudson); Marc Treib, The Donnell and Eckbo Gardens: Modern California Masterworks (Willliam Stout Publishers). Authors will be present, with remarks at 6:30 p.m. Co-hosted by Arion Press and William Stout Architectural Books.

    Recent Exhibitions

    December 19, 2009 through January 16, 2011, San Francisco: The Arion Press edition of Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities, with artwork by Wayne Thiebaud, is on view now in the 75th anniversary exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The Anniversary Show traces the art and individuals that have contributed to the museum's impact on modern and contemporary art. The Arion edition of Invisible Cities is on the 2nd floor in a gallery called Visionary Urbanism.

    October 13 through November 17, 2010:Sidney Paget’s Sherlock Holmes: A Sesquicentennial Exhibition” brings a group of original drawings to the Gallery in honor of the 150th birthday of the artist who created the iconic look of Sherlock Holmes. The exhibition runs through November 17, including the Strand magazines in which the illustrations first appeared between 1893 and 1904. On October 26 at 6 p.m., a talk by Conan Doyle collector Glen Miranker, following a reception at 5 p.m.; RSVP required. Sponsored by the Grabhorn Institute with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Read more.

    August 3 through 20, 2010 in Sun Valley: The Ochi Gallery presents an exhibition of Arion Press books and prints, with an opening reception on August 4. A talk by Andrew Hoyem at the Ketchum Public Library will occur that same week.

    Wednesday, March 17, 2010 through Sunday, July 18, 2010, Berkeley: Arion Press artist books and prints are featured in the William T. Wiley retrospective at the Berkeley Art Museum opening March 17 include the new Don Quixote, Godot, and The Voices of Marrakesh. What’s It All Mean: William T. Wiley in Retrospect opened at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D. C. where it received a stunning tribute from New York Times critic Ken Johnson. Wiley has made prints for three books with Arion Press, all of which are available: The Voices of Marrakesh, by Nobel Prize-winning author Elian Canetti, with a separate large color etching, Godot, an imaginary staging of the play by Samuel Beckett, with separate hand-colored prints, and Don Quixote in the new translation by Edith Grossman. Other unique works and prints by Wiley are also offered by Arion Press. The Wiley retrospective runs at the University of California’s Berkeley Art Museum from March 17 through July 18, 2010.

    Saturday, November 21, 2009 through Sunday, May 23, 2010, Minneapolis: The celebrated Arion edition of The Apocalypse with woodblock prints by Jim Dine will be included in the upcoming “Extraordinary Exhibitions: Artists' Books of the 20th Century” exhibition at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. A few copies of this rare title are available for sale.

    Friday, October 2, 2009 through Sunday, January 24, 2010, Washington, D.C.: "What's It All Mean: William T. Wiley in Retrospect" at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. The Arion Press edition of The Voices of Marrakesh with large etching by Wiley will be on display. For more information, please visit the SAAM website.

    Tuesday, October 13, 2009 through Sunday, January 24, 2010, Paris: The Michael Kenna photography retrospective at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France will include two of his projects with Arion Press, The Silverado Squatters by Robert Louis Stevenson, and The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. For more information and to view the BnF's virtual exhibition, click here.

    July 11, 2009 through November 8, San Francisco: The 2009 retrospective of the prints of Los Angeles artist John Baldessari at San Francisco's Legion of Honor museum featured the Arion Press 1988 edition of The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman by Laurence Sterne. The five large lithographs Baldessari created for the project were in the main exhibition. The Logan Gallery was be devoted to showing the Arion accordion-fold with 39 photo-collages by Baldessari, along with copies of the three volume set. A few copies of the book and suite set are still available for purchase.

    August 14, 2009: Artist books created by the 2009 Grabhorn Fellows, ten outstanding book arts students from around the country, who attended the inaugural week-long workshop residency at the Arion Press and M & H Type, co-sponsored by the Grabhorn Institute and the College Book Art Association. Held concurrently with a closing reception.

    November 7, 2007, through January 4, 2008: Jess: An Exhibition of Books, Magazines, and Broadsides. More than 60 items by the San Francisco artist known as Jess (1923-2004) are on display, including illustrations for books and magazines, as well as original works, drawings, and paste-ups on loan from the Jess Collins Trust, and the Arion Press facsimile of his children's book with Michael McClure, The Boobus and the Bunnyduck. For information on the exhibition or the Arion Press facsimile edition, inquire by email to arionpress@arionpress.com or call 415-668-2542.

    August 16 through September 7, 2007: “Pj’s on the Qt: selected Tangrams / more pieces to the puzzle”. Tangram is the limited edition press of Jerry Reddan, longtime printer for Arion Press, and has published many wonderful small books of poetry and prose by prominent writers including Jim Dodge and Barry Lopez. In the words of Southwest BookViews, “Tangram is a limited-edition, letterpress house in Berkeley that pays attention to detail and the quality of a book as physical object, amplifying its role as the repository of well-chosen words.” Opening reception for the exhibit on August 15, 2007, from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. The exhibition is sponsored by the Grabhorn Institute and supported by The Book Club of California and the National Endowment for the Arts.

    April 16 through June 8, 2007, Claremont, California: “The Word and the Image: The Artist/Author Collaboration of Andrew Hoyem and Dick Barnes”. Special Collection Reading Room, Honnold/Mudd Library, 800 Dartmouth, Pomona College. This exhibition celebrates the artful collaboration of two Pomona College alumni, poet and scholar Dick Barnes and artist/printer Andrew Hoyem. From the 1960s to the late 1980s, they teamed to produce several important, finely printed books at the Arion Press. Materials on view are drawn from the Richard G. Barnes Papers and the Arion Press Collection in the Pomona College Archives. More information about hours and location.

    March 26 through May 10, 2007, Kalamazoo, Michigan: The A. M. Todd Rare Book Room at Kalamazoo College is offering an exhibit entitled “Jim Dine: Collaborations with the Arion Press”. This exhibit showcases the works of American Pop Art leader Jim Dine. The works range from painting, sculpture, and prints to poetry and performance art. The exhibition is from the collection of Paul G. Smithson, who is a long-time Arion Press subscriber. Hours are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 1 PM to 3 PM until May 10. More information. Three of Jim Dine's livres d'artistes for Arion Press are currently available: Biotherm, The Case of the Wolf-Man, and Ape & Cat.

    Jill Tarlau ExhibitionMarch 19 through April 18, 2007: "Jill Oriane Tarlau: Embroidered Bindings", in the Arion Press Gallery. An exhibition of 22 bindings using rare and luxurious materials by internationally renowned bookbinder Jill Tarlau. Sponsored by the Grabhorn Institute and the Book Club of California with support from the National Endowment of the Arts. Read "Bound for beauty -- great literature and great art meet in one artist's books", by Heidi Benson, San Francisco Chronicle, March 29, 2007. "Her signature is her exquisitely detailed embroidery, which she incorporates into the design of each uniquely sized, leather-bound book cover. She considers embroidered bookbindings to be her special contribution to the long history of the art of book making", the article notes.

    February 28 through April 15, 2007, Mainz, Germany: The Gutenberg Museum in Mainz, Germany, just outside of Frankfurt; an exhibition of Arion Press editions beginning February 28 and running through April 15. Opening Hours of the Museum: Tuesday to Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Sunday: 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m; closed on Mondays and on public holidays. For more information and directions, see the Gutenberg Museum website.

    Recent Fairs

    November 2 through 6, 2011 in New York: Arion Press will exhibit in New York at the Park Avenue Armory again this year during the International Fine Print Dealers Print Fair, with the opening on November 2, and extending daily through Sunday, November 6. Publications with artists Raymond Pettibon, Julie Mehretu, Kiki Smith, and William T. Wiley, among others, will be on exhibit.

    November 30 through December 4 in Miami: We will also exhibit at INK Miami, the print fair adjunct of the Art Basel Miami Beach art fair, in the Suites of the Dorchester Hotel, across the street from the Shore Club, a short two-block walk from the main fair headquarters.

    November 3 through 7, 2010 in New York: Arion Press will exhibit in New York at the Park Avenue Armory again this year during the International Fine Print Dealers Print Fair, with the opening on November 3, and extending daily through Sunday, November 7. Publications with artists Julie Mehretu, Kiki Smith, and William T. Wiley, among others, will be on exhibit.

    Recent National & International Exhibitions

    Grabhorn Talk on Artist Charlotte Salomon, Arion Gertrude Stein Edition: A capacity crowd gathered on June 8 for Professor Mary Felstiner’s talk on World War II artist Charlotte Salomon in the Grabhorn Lecture series. The creator of an innovative memoir combining text and painting, Salomon is the subject of a highly praised exhibition at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, now extended through October 16. Another stunning show at the CJM this summer is “Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories”, notable for its extensive display of books. Among them is the Arion Press 1984 limited edition of Stein’s only children’s book, The World Is Round, with illustrations by Clement Hurd (of Goodnight Moon fame). In an accompanying booklet, The World is Not Flat, the artist’s wife writer Edith Thacher Hurd tells of their adventures working with Gertrude Stein on the original 1938 edition.

    Through July 31, 2011 in New York Arion Press books are honored alongside historic editions by Picasso, Matisse, Braque, Motherwell, and Jasper Johns in the exhibition "Best of Both Worlds: Finely Printed Artist Books, 1910-2010", at the Grolier Club in New York: Cane, with woodblock prints by Martin Puryear, and The Apocalypse, with woodblock prints by Jim Dine. The exhibition is free and open to the public through July 31.

    July 10, 2008 through January 4, 2009 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art: 246 and Counting: Recent Architecture + Design Acquisitions The Arion Press edition of Invisible Cities, illustrated by Wayne Thiebaud, will be displayed with 246-plus objects of architectural, graphic, and industrial design acquired for the permanent collection since 2006.

    September 13, 2008 through January 11, 2009 Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, de Young Museum Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco An exhibition of prints by Martin Puryear, including both Arion Press editions of Cane by Jean Toomer. In the Anderson Gallery.

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