Current Exhibit in the Star Tribune Foundation Gallery
Found in Translation
January 27 – April 28
While verbal language can create barriers, visual art is a universal language that transcends boundaries. Found in Translation: Art and Language in Global Culture is an international touring exhibition that explores translation as a link between expression and understanding. Included in the exhibition are multi-lingual artists’ books, prints, and digital and video documentation of innovative projects. Found in Translation is co-produced by Minnesota Center for Book Arts, the Booklyn Artists Alliance, the San Francisco Center for the Book, and the Center for Book Arts (New York).
Xu Bing, New English (Square Word) Calligraphy
In times characterized simultaneously by globalization and intolerance, the need for effective communication, empathetic comprehension, and thoughtful translation is even more acute. The works included in this exhibition demonstrate the power of imagery and its exponential strength when paired with text. Found in Translation is a mind-expanding view into both the process and implications of translation. Using text from many languages (including English, Japanese, French, Thai, Vietnamese, Spanish, Khirghiz, Russian, and German), in a variety of media (books, audio CDs, video, photographs and computer software), the exhibit also invites hands-on interaction with the artwork.
Detail from Harriet Bart's The Poetry of Chance Encounters
Included in the exhibition is The Poetry of Chance Encounters, a limited edition artist book by Minneapolis artist Harriet Bart. In The Poetry of Chance Encounters, Bart brings together disparate pairings to create a contemporary book of devotions and an illuminated text of surrealist games of chance. The book presents a collection of texts drawn from many sources, both common and obscure: the poetry of Rimbaud, a handwritten manuscript by Emily Dickinson, an excerpt from the human genome, a chart of ancient numeration systems.
For additional information about the exhibition, please visit www.booklyn.org/exhibition/000231.php.
Read the review by Mary Abbe in the Star Tribune
Saturday, January 27, 6 to 9 pm MCBA studios
7 pm Discussion hosted by Marshall Weber, Booklyn Artists Alliance
Family Day Event:
Saturday, March 17
10 am to 1 pm
For associated programs, please see our Book Arts Roundtable listing.
All exhibits and associated events are free and open to the public.