Join Petaluma-based ceramist Ashwini Bhat for an artist talk and guided walk through the current exhibition in the gallery: “Interior Landscape”, a collaboration between Bhat and Pulitzer Prize winning writer Forrest Gander. Exploring the structure of Tamil Sangam poetry, South-Indian temple architecture, and paleo-acoustics, “Interior Landscape” invites viewers to cross borders of time, culture, and geography via the most intimate of gestures: the touch of a finger in clay, love poems in and out of translation, prayer, meditation, and rhythmic pulse. The exhibition is open every weekday, 9-5, through November 26. RSVP here.
Please join the Grabhorn Institute and Arion Press for a poetry reading by Bay Area luminary Norma Cole. Norma is a poet, visual artist and translator. Her most recent book of poetry is FATE NEWS. Other books include Win These Posters and Other Unrelated Prizes Inside, Where Shadows Will: Selected Poems 1988—2008, Spinoza in Her Youth, TO BE AT MUSIC: Essays & Talks and Actualities, her collaboration with Marina Adams. Her translations from the French include Danielle Collobert’s It Then, Crosscut Universe: Writing on Writing from France (edited and translated by Cole), and Jean Daive’s White Decimal. Her awards include the Fund for Poetry, Gertrude Stein Award, the Richardson Award for Non-Fiction Prose and the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation Award for Poetry. She curated a show by Marina Adams at Cue Arts in NYC and collaborated with Adams in BOMB 114, Winter 2011. Her visual work has been shown at the Miami University Art Museum, [2nd floor projects] in San Francisco, “Way Bay,” at the Berkeley Art Museum and most recently her film, “By the Turning Bridge,” at NIAD, Richmond, California. The reading will be held in the gallery; refreshments will be served. Photo Credit: Angel O’Brien
Drop by the pressroom, gallery, and typefoundry on Saturday, December 7th between noon and 5pm for our annual free holiday open house. We will celebrate the 99th birthday of one of our typecasting machines; share stories about the history of printing in San Francisco; demonstrate our historic tools and machinery and spread good cheer. The Arion storefront and M&H Type will be open for last-minute holiday purchases for the letterpress-lovers in your life.
A collaborative exhibition from Indian artist Ashwini Bhat and Pulitzer Prize winning American writer Forrest Gander, “Interior Landscape” imagines an eco-poetics of Place. Exploring the structure of Tamil Sangam poetry, South-Indian temple architecture, and paleo-acoustics, “Interior Landscape” invites viewers to cross borders of time, culture, and geography via the most intimate of gestures: the touch of a finger in clay, love poems in and out of translation, prayer, meditation, and rhythmic pulse. Forrest will read his poetry at 7pm. A limited edition broadside will be available for purchase at the event. RSVP here.
“The Book Boys” was originally aired from 1992-1994 on San Francisco Public Access TV, Channel 54, as part of the San Francisco Public Library’s riveting television series, At The Public Library.
Starring bookbinders John DeMerritt and Dominic Riley, “The Book Boys” used the relatively wide open platform of public access television to spread the gospel of book ways, best practices and arcane factoids about the SFPL while basically talking about themselves the entire time.
Scripts were written and promptly discarded in a failed effort to remain spontaneous. Star crossed cast and guests included stunning turns of acting by Joanne Sonnichsen, Margaret Johnson, Alastair Johnston, Steve Woodall, Dan Flanagan, Margaret Killgallen and Frances Butler. (Much to their chagrin now, both Tom Conroy and Peter Koch rebuffed repeated requests to appear on this historic program.)
Join Arion Press and the Grabhorn Institute in welcoming the 6th Open Book Show!
Co-curated by Arion Press apprentice Samantha Companatico with recent SFAI graduate Kate Laster, the Open Book sequence of exhibitions has been, in their words, “about trust, curiosity, tenderness and community. These are shows where there are heavy sketchbooks to pore over, delicate artist books, journals and diagrams to inspect- all reiterating tactile and intimate experiences. Every show has built upon the last, growing in gumption and switching to a different venue each time." The most recent exhibition, Open Book Show V at Root Division, had a roster of over 90 artists.
In an age of encouraged ignorance, fake news, xenophobia, the Open Book Show tells stories. Lives lived in pages: artists take up room with their everyday. The practice of keeping records may be associated with comfort but it is an act of survival. Books chronicle queerness, manifestos, memory, persistence, magic, outrage & love.”
The exhibition will be open to the public Monday-Friday, 9-5, with a closing reception on August 24th from 7-10pm. Opening and closing events will have free live printing by SF Poster Syndicate and live performances from Bay Area Artists.
Please join us at the Hosfelt Gallery to celebrate our collaboration with artist Tim Hawkinson on the Arion Press artist book edition of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. The party coincides with the gallery’s current exhibition, Between Them, composed of over 200 drawings spanning the 16th to the 21st centuries.
To create his illustrations, Hawkinson constructed a hypodermic needle fountain pen tool incorporating a plastic soda bottle containing India ink suspended from a pulley hanging from the ceiling of his studio. One such drawing will be on display as part of the show.
Join Arion Press typecaster and facilities manager Brian Ferrett at the Book Club of California where he will share the history of M&H Type. Since 1915 M&H Type has been providing type for printers in the Bay Area and beyond. For decades M&H Type also provided composition for advertisers as well as type for the great printers of the day: Nash, Taylor & Taylor, Grabhorn Press, Kennedy, and others. This talk will focus on the history of M&H, the machines that are still running after all these years, their connection to Arion Press, and plans for the future.
How does a nineteen year-old girl create an entirely new genre of storytelling through a book that has maintained popularity for over 200 years? How does electricity flow through and around our bodies? How does inspiration flow from science, to art, and back to science, constantly feeding humanity? Come share these questions with Arion Press guest artist and Professor of Art at Wabash College Matthew Weedman, who will demonstrate the power of electricity and examine the life of Mary Shelley, whose inspiration created a monster that cannot die.
Topics To Be Discussed Are Guaranteed to Include: Reviving the Human Heart * Executions of Convicted Criminals (Perhaps Innocent) * Climate Change * Creativity * Inspiration * Electricity * Literature * Children * Film * Lightbulbs * Niagara Falls
This afternoon multimedia performance celebrating Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is a free, all-ages event, and will be followed by a reception. Copies of the newly released Arion Press edition of Frankenstein, a collaboration with the artist Tim Hawkinson, will be available for purchase.
Please RSVP here.
Join the Grabhorn Institute in welcoming journalist and printing historian Glenn Fleishman, creator of The Tiny Type Museum & Time Capsule, a celebration of type and printing. From the website: “Each custom, handmade wood museum case holds a couple dozen genuine artifacts from the past, including a paper mold for casting newspaper ads in metal, individual pieces of wood and metal type, a phototype “font,” and a Linotype “slug” (set with your own message), along with original commissioned art and a letterpress-printed book and a few replicas of items found in printing shops.” The Grabhorn Institute shares Glenn’s commitment to preserving history for future generations. Refreshments and conversation before and after the event.
Please join us for the 2019 Grabhorn Institute Spring Fête, benefiting the only paid apprenticeships in typecasting, bookbinding, and letterpress printing in the country. Enjoy signature cocktails and seasonal plates as you circulate among demonstrations of traditional bookmaking by our dedicated craftspeople, and join in a lively discussion with our special guest artists, Sandow Birk and Elyse Pignolet, with gallerist Catharine Clark.
Silent Auction * Limited-Edition Poetry Broadsides * 30% Discount on Arion Press Books * Raffle * and more!
Come listen to a “literary mixed tape” of live performances by Bay Area writers in the Grabhorn Institute gallery, hosted by San Francisco nonprofit Quiet Lightning! Refreshments will be available, and Quiet Lightning’s signature publication sPARKLE and bLINK will be on sale.
M&H Type will be exhibiting at the annual SF Bay Area Printers Fair & Wayzgoose, a regional celebration of all things type, letterpress, and book arts. Join them and 45 exhibitors at San Jose’s History Park for demonstrations, conversation and festivities.
Bernard Middleton was widely considered the father of modern English bookbinding. To honor his long career and devotion to his work, the Grabhorn Institute will screen a documentary following his education as an apprentice bookbinder through his storied career in creating and rehabilitating books in his signature style. Refreshments will be served; stick around the press to continue the conversation.
Arion Press joins with City Lights Bookstore to celebrate the 100th birthday of legendary poet and City Lights founder Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Visit us at the Canessa Gallery to peruse a copy of our 2005 edition of A Coney Island of the Mind, or stop by the bookstore to buy a limited-edition broadside of a poem from the work created especially for the event—all proceeds benefit City Lights, and support its mission to cultivate and distribute important writing from around the world.
Let menu-collector Bill Barlow take you on a guided tour of our exhibit, “The Daily Menu, 1980-1965,” a selection of Bay-Area menus, many printed “after the fish came in” to reflect the changing availability of ingredients at the market. A tabletop letterpress from San Francisco’s Jack’s Restaurant is on display, refurbished by the Press.
Print your own keepsake with Arion Press typecasters Brian Ferrett and Chris Godek at SF History Days at the Old Mint! This hands-on all-ages event showcases the historic printmaking techniques we use at Arion Press, and the Grabhorn Institute’s key role in keeping San Francisco printing history alive.
Join us in the gallery with former Arion Press apprentice Mark Sarigianis, founder of Oakland’s Prototype Press, for a multimedia talk, “My Journey From Apprentice to Typecaster.” Refreshments and tales of wrangling with century-old machinery are sure to abound.
In 1970 celebrated New York artist Philip Van Aver created 20 illustrations for a collection of Mother Goose rhymes, published under the Grabhorn-Hoyem imprint. Now, fifty years later, we are reviving this charming series of drawings for a limited run of personal note cards issued in 2 sets of 10 illustrations each. The cards are blank inside, with an image on the front panel and its rhyme imprinted in Monotype Cheltenham on the rear. Included are all of the beloved classics, in addition to lesser-known rhymes: “The Man in the Moon,” “Young Lambs to Sell,” and “Banbury Cross.” To display the intricate fretwork of Van Aver’s mesmerizing drawings, the cards are printed as French folds on dampened handmade blue paper—the identical Barcham Green sheet especially made for the 1979 Arion Press edition of Moby-Dick. The cards are printed with a dark blue ink, measure 5-1/2” x 4-1/4” when folded, and arrive boxed with Classic Crest white envelopes. Philip Van Aver’s work is featured in the summer 2019 edition of Artforum, and we are grateful to him for inspiring this collaboration.
2 sets of 10 different images each are available for purchase at $60 per set.
In the Gallery: Ashwini Bhat and Forrest Gander
We’ll launch the fall season with a gallery installation featuring ceramicist Ashwini Bhat and 2019 Pulitzer Prize winner Forrest Gander, who will read at the opening reception on Friday, September 6th at 7pm. To commemorate the reading and the exhibition we’ve printed a broadside, a collaboration incorporating artwork by Ash with Forrest’s poem “Immigrant Sea”. A limited edition will be on sale at the event. Ash will hold an artist talk on Tuesday October 15 at 6:30pm; an RSVP link will be available soon.
Now available: Handmade blank journals
Arion Press is pleased to offer for sale a series of bespoke blank journals, handcrafted at the press. These designs incorporate overages of prints, endsheets, and other ephemeral materials from Grabhorn and Arion projects of yore and make beautiful gifts for bibliophiles, graduates, artist friends—anybody who enjoys a high quality journal to last a lifetime. There are two standard journal formats, and each is bound in multiple unique designs. Journals are constructed with quality 100# text Mohawk smooth white paper suitable for both drawing and writing. All journals contain 160 blank pages. These are sold exclusively through the press, by phone, in person, or soon, by our website. Please contact us directly with your inquiries and orders.
In winter 2020, the gallery will host a wide-ranging exhibit featuring the artwork of Mexican political illustrator José Guadalupe Posada, accompanied by a screening of a documentary about his storied life, and a docent tour with collector and filmmaker Jim Nikas. Spring 2020 brings a celebration of the life and work of American-Armenian novelist William Saroyan, with displays of his writing and artwork at the press. And in summer 2020, the Institute is honored to be hosting the annual exhibition of the Hand Bookbinders of California.
And finally, check our this August 2019 article in Atlas Obscura, profiling our very own M&H Type, one of the last operational hot metal type foundries in the land.
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