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[BKARTS] Reminder - Exhibition Opening at CBA tomorrow evening



If you are in town, please come by for the opening tomorrow evening
Thursday, September 25, 6 to 8 pm

Rory Golden

OPEN FOR ACTION

An Exhibition of Political Book Art

In every era books have been created to influence people's actions and
decisions. In ancient times the priests of Egypt made books that controlled
the belief system of their civilization and secured the power of themselves
and their Pharaoh. During the Inquisition the Catholic Church controlled
what books could exist. The spread of literacy through printing advanced the
Reformation in the 16th Century as books changed the way people thought and
shifted political power. Books fomented the French and American Revolutions
in the 18th Century. In the 19th Century political cartoons were a powerful
force.

During the 20th Century artists took to the presses, and worked to change
the way we view the world. The manifestos of the Constructivists and the
Futurists shook the pillars of accepted Art. The Bauhaus artists promoted
their visions through books. By the last quarter of the century, thousands
of individual artists were producing books to express themselves.

Our current exhibition presents the work of over 40 artists who use the book
form to incite the viewer to action. Some of the works focus on the
environment, others on war, racism, or personal issues like sex and gender
relations. The works are not just intended to inform or entertain-the
artists want you to DO SOMETHING!
Featuring works by Seana Biondolillo, Gaza Bowen, Kyle Bravo, Sue Coe &
Holly Metz, Critical Art Ensemble, John Fekner, Guerilla Art Action Group,
Davd Homer, Nora Ligorano & Marshall Reese, Barbara Kruger, Tuli Kupferberg,
Miranda Maher, Scott McCarney, Josh McPhee, Dona Ann McAdams, Louise
Neaderland, Joseph Nechvatal, Gilles Peress, Roxy Paine, Stephan Petroff,
Adrian Pipper, Susan Rotolo, Annie Sprinkle, Melissa Shook,  David Thorne,
Jean Toche, Larry Walczak, Carrie Mae Weems, John Wood and others.

Title: OPEN FOR ACTION
Curated by Sharon Gilbert and Richard Minsky
Dates: September 25 - December 5, 2003
Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 am to 6 pm, Saturday 10 am to 4 pm, Closed
Sundays
Location: 28 W. 27th Street, Third Floor ²New York, NY 10001

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