April 4, 2017


April 3 - 21, 2017
The Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection & The Stolbun Collection

There is an inherent relationship between handmade books which are sewn using fibers, sometimes on chords, and the sewing of garments. In addition to this extrinsic relationship, paper is itself a fiber. Text/ile examines the history of imparting information through fabric in artists' books, as well as different paper manufacturing techniques.

In addition to its educational mission and focus on the materials and craft of the book, this exhibition asks what happens to artwork when a facilitator's presence is needed to activate it. Text/ile encourages viewers to think critically of the role of facilitators in public interactions with contemporary art, and asks what the absence of facilitators would mean when they are tied to the presence of the artwork. 

This exhibition takes place at both the Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection (37 S. Wabash, Suite 508) and the Stolbun Collection (30 North Michigan, Suite 1515). Special viewing sessions will take place at the Stolbun Collection on:

  • Monday, April 3rd, 12pm - 2pm
  • Tuesday, April 4th, 10am - 12pm
  • Thursday, April 6th, 2pm - 4pm

Curator and book artist Kat Buckley will be on-site at the Stolbun Collection to assist in book handling and questions regarding different bookmaking techniques. The books displayed on each date will vary, but every batch will be displayed in the Stolbun alongside Thomas Huston's Standard Moving Blankets to enable a conversation around the usage of fibers in contemporary art. 

During the remainder of the exhibitions run, the books can be found and interacted with at the Joan Flasch Artists' Books Collection Reading Room (Sharp 508). The JFABC is open to the public. Visitors are encouraged to experience the exhibition at both sites, if possible.