Paper as Politics and Process

Exhibition Review

  • "Social Paper"

  • Columbia College Center for Book and Paper Arts, Chicago
  • 10 Jan 2014 - 15 Apr 2014

“Social Paper,” at the Columbia College Center for Book and Paper Arts (CBPA), illuminated how papermaking has been used by artists, activists, citizens and designers to address social ills. Organized by curator Jessica Cochran and professor Melissa Potter, the exhibition revealed the interdisciplinary practices and multiple roles of socially concerned artists as micro-business managers, educators, historians. By blurring the line between amateur and professional artists, the exhibition downplayed individual authorship and emphasized the social energy of papermaking.

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