Current Exhibitions & Events


The Book Undone: Thirty Years of Granary Books

Kempner Gallery
September 8, 2015 -- January 29, 2016

The Rare Book & Manuscript Library is pleased to announce an exhibition on the artist book and poetry publisher Granary Books: The Book Undone: Thirty Years of Granary Books. Granany was founded in Minneapolis by Steve Clay in 1985 and has been based in New York City since late 1988. The press specializes in limited edition artist books, books about books, and collaborations between visual artists and poets.

The exhibition, curated by Sarah Arkebauer and Karla Nielsen, features a sampling of Granary publications, from some of the first broadsides published to some of the most recently published and even forthcoming books including A Geniza by Raphael Rubinstein and Arctic Plants of New York by James Walsh.

It also includes material from the archive that show how and why some of these extraordinary objects were made. The RBML acquired the Granary Books archive in 2013 and the collection is open for research. Ephemeral pieces document the press's programming and other ways that Granary has fostered critical conversation about in addition to encouraging ground-breaking work in poetry, art, publishing, and artists' books. 

The exhibition opening event on Wednesday evening, September 16, 2015, will feature short presentations by Granary Press founder Steve Clay, bookbinder Daniel Kelm, book artist and graphic designer Emily McVarish, poet Charles Bernstein, critic and book artist Johanna Drucker, poet and anthologist Jerome Rothenberg, poet Vincent Katz, and book artist Buzz Spector.

The panel presentation goes from 6:30-7:30pm in Butler Library Room 203. A reception in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library on the 6th floor of Butler Library follows until 9:00pm. The exhibition and related events are free and open to the public.

There will be two further events associated with the exhibition in November:

on Thursday, November 5, 6:00pm in Butler Library Room 523

Bob Perelman and Francie Shaw on collaborations between poets and visual artists

Co-sponsored with the Koch-Dupee Poetry of the American Avant Garde Series

and on Tuesday, November 17, at 6:30pm in the Kempner Gallery, Columbia Rare Book & Manuscript Library

The Book as Performance, an interactive event with poets and aritst Jen Bervin and Cecilia Vicuña

Please join us for these celebration of thirty years of important book-making and of Columbia's acquisition of this marvelous archive!

Exhibition and events are free and open to the public.

Alice at Columbia Poster JBL1 Alice Pleasance Hargreaves and Nicholas Murray Butler, May 2, 1932 Columbia University Archives

Alice at Columbia

Chang Octagon Gallery
September 8, 2015 through January 29, 2016

An wxhibition mounted as part of Alice 150, and Commemorating the Lewis Carroll Centenary Celebrations held at Columbia in May of 1932, attended by Mrs. Alice Pleasance Hargreaves.

On May 2, 1932, Columbia awarded the Doctor of Letters honoris causa to Mrs. Hargreaves, and for a month, ending on May 4, mounted a truly extraordinary exhibition of Alice books that included the original manuscript of Alice’s Adventures Under Ground, then owned by Eldridge R. Johnson.

“Alice’s Adventures at Columbia,” Reception and Exhibition Viewing to Follow Talk
Dayna Nuhn, Founder, Lewis Carroll Society of Canada
Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Butler Library, Room 203, 6 p.m.

Andrew Sellon’s “Through the Looking Glass Darkly
October 6 at 3:00 and 8:15 pm and October 7, 2015 at 3:00 and 6:30 pm

Butler Library, Room 523 (matinees), Room 203 (evenings)
A one-man show depicting a private audience with Lewis Carroll.

Additional RBML-related events

Twain Stanley Poster 4

Please join us on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 6:30pm

in the World Room (3rd floor of Pulitzer Hall, Columbia Morningside campus) to celebrate

Twain & Stanley Enter Paradise
Oscar Hijuelos's posthumously released novel
on the day of the novel's release by Grand Central/Hachette

with readings by Lori Carlson-Hijuelos, Paul Auster, and Siri Hustvedt
moderated by Frances Negrón-Muntaner

This event is free and open to the public. Reception following. Copies of the book will be available for sale.

Co-sponsored by the Columbia University Rare Book & Manuscript Library and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism