Bihl Haus Arts celebrates Poetry Month SA with Necessary Work:Bryce Milligan's World of Words and Design, an exhibition that surveys books designed and produced by Bryce Milligan under the auspices of Wings Press as works of deliberate and thoughtful creative expression. Taking the physical structure of books and chapbooks published between 1995-2015 as point of departure, the exhibit highlights the importance of the cover designs, colors, bindings, papers, and threads, and invites the viewer to think about the books and their physical attributes and visual elements as complex objects imbued with meaning, cultural ideals and aesthetics of a particular time and place.
Necessary Work opens with a reception, which is free and open to the public, at Bihl Haus Arts on Saturday, April 9, from 6 to 9 pm. The evening includes poolside jazz by George & Aaron Prado, libations and light hors d’oeuvres. More on the exhibit and realted special events here. The exhibit, as described by curator Agnieszka Czeblakow, Rare Books Librarian, UTSA Libraries Special Collections, "features books, arrchival materials such as photographs, corrrespondence and original artwork, which illuminates the myriad processes and decisions that go into designing and producing a book. From choosing letterpress or laser printing, selecting handmade papers and folding them into 'signatures' to sewing, stapling and gluing the books together, the design process relects the necessary work that goes into the creation of an object, which in readers' hands becomes 'a coalescence of human intenions,'* beyond that of simple utilitarianism or commercial considertions." * Michael F. Suarez, Director of Rare Book School, Professor of English, University Professor and Honorary Curator of Special Collections at the University of Virginia.
2803 Fredericksburg Rd. San Antonio, TX 78201
Gallery Hours 1-4pm Fridays and Saturdays OR by Appointment 210.383.9723
HARD TO FIND BUT WORTH THE TRIP! Bihl Haus Arts is the historic building located inside the gates of Primrose at Monticello Park Senior Apartments, at 2803 Fredericksburg Road(across from the Tip Top Cafe). Please park in the circle lot and enter through the walk-in gate. Overflow parking is available at Redeemer Church.
SATURDAY, APR. 30, 2-4 PM:“Readings by Wings Press Poets & Writers” followed by book signing by participating authors: Roberto Bonazzi, Maestro of Solitude (poetry); Jay Brandon, Milagro Lane and Shadow Knight's Mate (fiction); Robert Flynn, Burying the Farm (memoir); Celeste Guzmán Mendoza, Beneath the Halo (poetry); Carolyn Osborn, Uncertain Ground, Contrary People, and Where We Are Now (fiction); and Carmen Tafolla, Curandera, Rebozos, Sonnets and Salsa, and This River Here (poetry)
SATURDAY, MAY 21, 2-4 PM: “An Afternoon with Bryce Milligan,” a casual couple of hours of poetry, songs, and reminiscences about a life in paper and ink. Papermaker Beck Whitehead and letterpress printer Léo Lee will debut a new broadside, featuring Milligan's poem “Mahogany Blues.”