Seeing Seeking Feeling Reading: Granary Books

February 1, 2019 (All day) to March 15, 2019 (All day)

Main Library Gallery

For three decades, Granary Books has brought together writers, artists, and bookmakers committed to exploring and expanding the relations among the verbal, visual, and other arts. Presenting a selection of UI Libraries' comprehensive collection of Granary editions, the exhibit Seeing Seeking Feeling Reading: Granary Books, traces the small-press publisher Steven Clay's career from his years as a UI undergraduate in the 1970s to his present position as one of the most significant small publishers in the country. Selected items include printed matter in a wide variety of formats, among them Western and accordion-fold codices, broadsides, and a wall- hung contemporary quipu. The artists represented include John Ashbery, Susan Bee, Charles Bernstein, Ted Berrigan, John Cage, Henrik Drescher, Emily McVarish, Carolee Schneemann, Buzz Spector, and Cecilia Vicuña.

After thirty years and almost 200 titles, neither Granary nor Clay shows any sign of slowing down, as the press continues to publish innovative limited-edition artists' books and trade books, all of which UI continues to acquire. The exhibit, curated by University of Iowa’s Dr. Jennifer Buckley, seeks to highlight the innovative ways in which Granary Books engage the body, and particularly the visual and haptic capacities, to expand our understanding of the medium and its uses.

There will also be a couple of fantastic programs to go along with the exhibit. Cecilia Vicuña, a multidisciplinary artist-activist who makes poems, paintings, installations, books, performances, and films, is coming for a lecture on February 14 at 7:30 p.m. in 240 ABW. She will also be doing a poetry reading on February 15 at 4:30 p.m. at the Dey House.

Steven Clay will also come to give a lecture about the publication and materials on February 15 from 3 p.m.-4 p.m at the Main Library.

Seeing Seeking Feeling Reading: Granary Books will be at the Main Library Gallery from February 1st through March 15th at the Main Library Gallery. For more information, check out the Gallery’s website here: