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Photo-Bookworks Symposium  

June 23 through June 25
VSW's Photo-Bookworks Symposium

Every two years, VSW invites a dozen people to present serious ideas about photo books as artworks at an informal assembly we call the Photo-Bookworks Symposium. Besides the remarkable speakers, the audience at this gathering is likely to include many people as experienced in the field as those presenting, which makes for many dynamic and informal dialogues over the two and a half day event. Speakers in 2016 will include Cristina de Middel, Alejandro Cartagena, Diana Matar, Philip Zimmermann, Miwa Susuda, Adrian Octavius Walker, Houseboat Press, Andre Bradley, Qiana Mestrich, Chroma Publications, and Lee Krist.

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Keith A. Smith  

May 6 through July 1
Ladies First by Keith A. Smith
VSW Gallery

Keith A. Smith is widely recognized as one of the few great living masters of the book as artwork with nearly 300 bookworks created to date. This selection focuses on his representation of women in classical painting such as his large fold book, Ladies First, and a classic women painter, Frida Kahlo.

Dylan Nelson  

June 6 through June 25
The Nature of Pencils by Dylan Nelson
Project Space

Nelson's work involves a combination of image and book making with an underlying interest in how these images and objects are engaged, phenomenologically. In the Project Space he will explore displaying works old and new through methods of projection, sculpture, and installation with an aim of seeing image making, installation, and book making coalesce into one working practice.

Dylan Nelson cofounded Houseboat Press, a small publisher that has produced close to 30 artists' books since 2012. He currently splits his time between New York and Minnesota. Most recently his work has been exhibited at Aperture Foundation, NY and Boston University Art Gallery.

Common Sense(s)  

Through July 1
Common Sense(s)  Curated by Juan Madrid and Carlos Loret de Mola
Main Level

Common Sense(s) features a compilation of photozines and related ephemera by over 50 artists. Curated by Juan Madrid and Carlos Loret de Mola, the exhibition examines what constitutes a “zine” in contemporary photographic practice. This exhibition amalgamates obsessions and issues, structure and chaos, sense and nonsense, into a visual assault reflective of the photozine itself.


First Friday, July 1, 6–9pm

Join us for our First Friday reception. Free and open to the public.