Open Book Show 6
Aug
3
to Aug 24

Open Book Show 6

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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.

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Gallery Opening: Ashwini Bhat and Forrest Gander
Sep
6
6:30 PM18:30

Gallery Opening: Ashwini Bhat and Forrest Gander

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.

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"The Book Boys" Video Screening and Comedic Talk--With the Hosts!
Aug
16
6:30 PM18:30

"The Book Boys" Video Screening and Comedic Talk--With the Hosts!

“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.)

Come join the hosts for a screening of selected episodes, accompanied by interstitial chatter and refreshments. Co-hosted by the Hand Bookbinders of California. RSVP here.

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Frankenstein / Tim Hawkinson Publication Party
Jul
25
5:00 PM17:00

Frankenstein / Tim Hawkinson Publication Party

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.

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Typecaster Brian Ferrett at the Book Club of California
Jun
24
5:00 PM17:00

Typecaster Brian Ferrett at the Book Club of California

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.

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"It's Alive!" with Guest Artist Matt Weedman
Jun
22
2:00 PM14:00

"It's Alive!" with Guest Artist Matt Weedman

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.

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Talk: Glenn Fleishman, The Tiny Type Museum and Time Capsule
Jun
5
6:30 PM18:30

Talk: Glenn Fleishman, The Tiny Type Museum and Time Capsule

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.

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Grabhorn Institute / Arion Press Spring Fête
May
23
5:30 PM17:30

Grabhorn Institute / Arion Press Spring Fête

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!

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Film Screening: In Memorium: "Seventy Years in Bookbinding: the Life of Bernard Middleton"
Mar
28
5:30 PM17:30

Film Screening: In Memorium: "Seventy Years in Bookbinding: the Life of Bernard Middleton"

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.

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Arion Press Celebrates Larwrence Ferlinghetti's 100th Birthday
Mar
24
2:00 PM14:00

Arion Press Celebrates Larwrence Ferlinghetti's 100th Birthday

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.

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Docent Tour, "The Daily Menu, 1908-1965"
Mar
5
5:30 PM17:30

Docent Tour, "The Daily Menu, 1908-1965"

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.

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San Francisco History Days at the Old Mint
Mar
2
to Mar 3

San Francisco History Days at the Old Mint

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.

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