Material Assumptions: Paper as Dialogue


Center for Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago presents

two-part exhibition with New York-based Dieu Donné, Midwest artists

WHAT: The Center for Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago presents “Material Assumptions,” a two-part exhibition of handmade paper works created by artists in-residence at New York-based Dieu Donné as well as newly commissioned works by artists using paper handmade in the Book and Paper Arts studios.

From the world-class archive of Dieu Donné, a New York workspace dedicated to the creation, promotion, and preservation of contemporary art utilizing hand papermaking, works are on display from artists including Jessica Stockholder, Glenn Ligon, Richard Tuttle, Chuck Close, Polly Apfelbaum, Sonya Blesofsky, Mel Bochner, Ian Cooper, William Kentridge, Beth Campbell and Nina Bovasso.

Part two of “Material Assumptions” also unveils twelve newly commissioned works by Midwest artists using paper handmade to their specification in the Center for Book and Paper Arts studios. Artists debuting new works include Ian Schneller, Dan Devening, Kate McQuillen and Zoe Nelson.

The exhibition as a whole aims to elevate the role of handmade paper as a primary conceptual and formal supporting partner in contemporary art, while reinforcing the versatility, nuance and subtlety of handmade paper as a medium.

WHERE: Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts,

1104 S. Wabash Ave, 2nd Floor

WHEN: Opening Reception: June 15, 4-7 p.m.

Panel Discussion: Group Effort: Hand Papermaking, Collaboration and Contemporary Art, June 15, 6:30 p.m.

Panelists include: Elizabeth Isakson, Hannah King and C.J. Mace, co-curators; Deborah Boardman, Dan Devening and Ian Cooper, participating artists; Sue Gosin, moderator and co-founder of Dieu Donné; Melissa Potter, interim director, Interdisciplinary Book and Paper MFA.

Exhibition dates: June 15-August 11

INFO: (312) 369-6630 or

COST: All events are free and open to the public.

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