Artist Talk: “Eyes Wide Shut”

with Ben Blount
Wednesday, June 23; 7–8:30pm CT

Join us for a virtual artist talk with Ben Blount, an artist, designer, and printer interested in notions of American identity, race, and culture. Ben Blount’s exhibition, Eyes Wide Shut, was on display in the windows of Minnesota Center for Book Arts from January-March 2021, viewable from the sidewalk along Washington Avenue.

Eyes Wide Shut is an “examination of our relationship to white supremacy in the United States,” says Blount. “It’s ubiquitous, yet unseen. Both monumental and myth. Are we safe or are we surrounded?” Learn more about Blount’s powerful printmaking work as he joins us from his studio in Evanston, Illinois.

Ben Blount (he/him) was born and raised in Detroit. As a designer and letterpress printer who loves type, teaching, and putting ink on paper, his work explores race and identity and the stories we tell ourselves about living in America. Truth-tellers and rabble-rousers in all areas of popular culture inspire his work—from Dave Chapelle and Kara Walker to Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) and Amos Kennedy. He learned a lot about design at Washington University, a lot about printing at Columbia College Chicago, and filled in the gaps with great mentors and increasingly consistent practice. To learn more click here.

Certificate: 1.5 hours, Category C

$5 for BIPOC participants
We are offering a reduced rate to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) participants to honor equity and increase access and artistic opportunities for those who have historically been underrepresented in the book arts. For individuals to whom this does not apply, register at the rate listed first and, if you are able, consider making a donation when registering to support MCBA’s efforts to make reduced rates available.

What you’ll need to participate: For this live virtual artist talk, you are invited to ask questions via Zoom’s Chat feature. Access to a camera is not necessary. You will receive step-by-step instructions for downloading Zoom (it’s free!) and accessing the event online approximately 2 days before the event’s start date. 

Please note: Registration closes 6/20 at midnight (CT).