You are invited to the annual Spring Benefit Dinner of the
benefiting the Institute’s programs in the history of printing, the art of the book, preservation, and education, and honoring the artist
on Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 6:30 p.m. (Business attire.)
Arion Press, 1802 Hays Street, The Presidio, San Francisco, California 94129
Cocktails in the pressroom. Tours of the typefoundry, composing room and pressroom, and bookbindery. Displays of Arion Press books in the downstairs corridor. Dinner in the upstairs gallery. Remarks by artist Ed Ruscha and the publisher Andrew Hoyem.
Tables of ten at $15,000, $10,000, and $5,000. Individual tickets at $1,000 and $300. Read more and reserve.
You may purchase tickets and tables securely online now, or make a donation if you are unable to attend:
SILENT AUCTION OF PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINTS
Ed Ruscha is donating a portfolio of photographic prints, being offered in a silent auction to benefit the nonprofit Grabhorn Institute. Read more and view portfolio images.
The nonprofit Grabhorn Institute, a 501 (C) (3) organization, was founded in 2000 to preserve and perpetuate the historic San Francisco fine printing and bookmaking facility of Arion Press and M & H Type and adapt it as a living museum and educational and cultural center. Its collections of type, and typecasting, printing, and binding equipment, dating from the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition and earlier, have been designated as an “irreplaceable cultural treasure” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Its educational programs include a series of free public lectures and exhibitions, demonstrations, tours, classes, and apprenticeships in typecasting, printing, and bookbinding.
Ed Ruscha is a prominent American artist. He was born December 16, 1937, in Omaha, Nebraska and grew up in Oklahoma City before moving to Los Angeles in 1956 to attend Chouinard Art Institute. In the early 1960s he joined the Ferus Gallery, which also represented the artists Robert Irwin, John Altoon, John McCracken, Larry Bell, Ken Price, and Edward Kienholz. During that decade, he worked as a layout artist for an advertising agency and for Artforum magazine.
Associated with the Pop Art movement, he became known for paintings that incorporated words and phrases and for photographic books, such as Every Building on the Sunset Strip (1966). Ed Ruscha has made artist books throughout his career. In 2010, he illustrated, with photographs, the novel On the Road by Jack Kerouac in an edition of 350 copies co-published by Gagosian Gallery and Steidl, the German publisher. In 2013, Ruscha is making prints for the Arion Press edition of The Day of the Locust, the novel by Nathanael West.
In 2001, the archive of Ruscha’s prints was acquired by the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, with funds from Phyllis Wattis, under an arrangement that provides for continuing the collection.
Ed Ruscha is represented by Gagosian Gallery, and he and his wife Danna live in Los Angeles.
Read about Ruscha’s passion for books in the March 3 New York Times.
Go west on Lake Street, north on Fourteenth Avenue, turn right at the T, and proceed to the building with the tall smokestack. Do not rely on Internet map systems. Free parking is available in front of the building and behind it in two additional lots. Do not park in reserved residential spaces.
THE GRABHORN INSTITUTE
Read about Ed Ruscha’s passion for books in the March 3 New York Times.
Read the San Francisco Chronicle media coverage and see photos from a previous benefit dinner.