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Reading Room
February 23-July 8, 2018

Bard Graduate Center Gallery
18 W. 86th Street
New York, NY 10024


Tue, Fri-Sun: 11am-5pm
Wed-Thurs: 11am-8pm


The Reading Room at Bard Graduate Center Gallery returns for the second year as a platform to promote engagement with artists’ books, periodicals, and other publications. This year’s collection is curated by Some Other Books, a NY-based publisher of artists’ books and multiples founded by artist Kristen Mueller in 2018. Open during gallery hours, the Reading Room welcomes readers to an open, comfortable, and convivial setting in which to explore the collection of over 200 titles.


The Reading Room, inspired by Bard Graduate Center’s two exhibitions, Fabricating Power with Balinese Textiles and The Codex and Crafts in Late Antiquity is divided into two collections: Artists/Textiles— books focused on artists working with textiles in the fields of fine art, fashion, and publishing, and Artists/Books—focused on artists whose work takes the form of the book or zine. Each collection is comprised of a multitude of artists’ books, monographs, catalogues, periodicals, and zines produced in recent years by an international array of publishers and artists, and also includes an extensive range of books for children. The Reading Room aims to introduce the reader to both a wide range of actors working today in the ever-expanding field of art book publishing, and to delve deeper into the work of contemporary textile artists and book-makers.


With books by: &: christophe daviet-thery, 2nd Cannons, Bom Dia Books, Colorama, Corraini Edizioni, Edition Patrick Frey, Extra Vitamins, Gloria Glitzer, Hardworking Goodlooking, Hato Press, JRP|Ringier, Kasper Andreasen, Miniature Gardens, Motto Books, New Documents, Nieves, Paraguay Press, Printed Matter, Purgatory Pie Press, Rondade, Sara MacKillop, Small Editions, Space Poetry, Textiellab and many more!


Once a month on selected Thursdays, the Reading Room will bring together writers, artists, and performers for a multi-disciplinary reading and talk series at the Bard Graduate Center, from 7 to 9pm, curated by Wendy’s Subway. The Reading Room will also host a series of workshops to be announced soon.



Studio Giancarlo Valle is a creative design agency founded in architecture. They create indelible interiors, objects, and architecture, working across art, fashion, hospitality, and home.


Originally designed by Tyler Polich and Hannah Wilentz, Wendy’s Subway Reading Rooms have previously been installed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (New York); White Columns (New York); NADA New York (with Aeromoto, Mexico City); Brown University, (Providence, RI); and the Carnegie Mellon University School of the Arts (Pittsburgh, PA).


Special thanks to Sanjana Iyer, Megan Toye, and all the artists and publishers who kindly donated books to the Reading Room.



Image: Skye Parrott