There’s beautiful symmetry, as well as some sweet ironies, to the new retrospective exhibition of artists’ books created and published for more than 30 years by the Binnewater-based Women’s Studio Workshop (WSW). “Hand, Voice & Vision: Artists’ Books from Women’s Studio Workshop” opens this week at Vassar College’s Thompson Memorial Library and runs through March 12. We wrote about the show when it first opened in New York’s private retreat for the printing industry, the Grolier Club, last year.
The exhibit celebrates three facets that characterize WSW’s renowned artist’s book program, from the handmade mark of the bookmaker through the unique voices and viewpoints of a broad and diverse range of artists to the visionary nature of artwork that forges new directions in the medium of book arts. What’s great this time around is the former women’s college’s acknowledgement and new partnership with the largest publisher in the country of hand-printed and hand-bound works as an extension of previous work with other great book arts publishers and creators, included in the exhibit’s catalogue.
Coming up as part of this important show, which demonstrates the 33-year-old Rosendale art organization’s continuing supremacy within the region, will be a 5:30 p.m. lecture on Wednesday, February 1 by Vassar associate professor of Art Lisa G. Collins. But see the show first, while it’s up in the Class of 1951 Reading Room on the second floor of one of our region’s (and nation’s) greatest libraries.