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Communications Department
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Palo Alto, CA 94301


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Bibliophilia at the Palo Alto Art Center—on view from September 21-December 15, 2013
Highlights the work of artists inspired by books and libraries
Contact : Sarah Goodman, Marketing Coordinator, Palo Alto Art Center    650-617-3511
Opening on September 21, the Palo Alto Art Center presents Bibliophilia, an exhibition featuring drawings, paintings, and sculptural works by artists who are united by their love of books and libraries. Bibliophilia showcases the work of fifteen artists who use discarded books as raw materials, make and illustrate their own books, and photograph books and libraries. Featured artists include Laurent de Brunhoff, Ginger Burrell, Patricia Curtan, Robert Dawson, Adam Donnelly, Ala Ebtekar, Andrea Higgins, Lisa Kokin, Tony May, Emily Payne, Christopher Reynolds, Scot Velardo, Catherine Wagner, Belle Yang and Xiaoze Xie, inviting us to share their fascination with books as hand-held, printed objects.
"The Palo Alto Art Center is honored to present Bibliophilia—timed perfectly to commemorate the temporary location of Palo Alto's Main Library in our building during their renovation," says Palo Alto Art Center Director, Karen Kienzle. “At a time when digital devices have become ubiquitous and when the act of reading is more likely to happen on a screen than on a page, artists in these exhibitions extol the myriad creative applications of physical books. The Art Center is also pleased to be collaborating with the Fine Arts Gallery at San Francisco State University on their concurrent exhibition The Illuminated Library. With the collaborative presentation of The Illuminated Library and Bibliophilia we hope to present our audiences with all of the promise one finds in a new book or an undiscovered library—an opportunity for learning, dialogue, surprise, and inspiration"
Bibliophilia is presented in collaboration with the Fine Arts Gallery of San Francisco State University, whose concurrent exhibition, The Illuminated Library, features works by artists including Clare Rojas, Jason Jägel, Nina Katchadourian, and Tauba Auerbach. The Illuminated Library is open between September 21 and October 17, 2013.
Bibliophilia Events:
Opening Celebration & Reception for Bibliophilia
Friday, October 11, 6-9 p.m.
Palo Alto Art Center
1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303

View the current gallery exhibition and meet some of the featured artists! Join artist Emily Payne for art making activities inspired by the love of books and libraries that unites all fifteen artists in the exhibition. Experience a live musical performance by San Francisco a cappella and Leonard Cohen tribute group, Conspiracy of Beards, featuring exhibiting artist Scot Velardo. Cash bar provided by the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation.
A conversation with Patricia Curtan
Friday, November 15, 7 p.m. $0 Palo Alto Art Center, Main Gallery
1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303
Offered in collaboration with the San Jose Museum of Art’s Around the Table: Food, Creativity & Community exhibition and festival.

Patricia Curtan’s pen-and-ink drawings and colorful linoleum block prints of fruit and vegetables may be familiar to fans of the Berkeley restaurant Chez Panisse, and its founder, Alice Waters. For more than forty years, Curtan has created menus for the restaurant, as well as designed, illustrated, and co-authored Chez Panisse cookbooks. View her elegant new drawings on view in Bibliophilia (featured in the soon to be released cookbook, The Art of Simple Food II) and join us in conversation with the artist as we talk about her work.

Cultivating Collaborations

Saturday, November 9, 2 p.m., reception to follow
Palo Alto Art Center, Studios
1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303

Co-sponsored by the San Francisco Museum Studies Program at San Francisco State University and the Museum Studies Special Interest Group.


This landmark collaboration between the Palo Alto Art Center and the Fine Arts Gallery at San Francisco State provides us with an opportunity to discuss the value of partnerships in museum settings, between our institutions and with our colleagues as part of our professional development planning. Representatives from the Fine Art Gallery and Palo Alto Art Center, as well as alums and current students will have a chance to share their experiences, feedback, and advice for structuring strong and sustainable partnerships

Public Library: An American Commons, a presentation by Robert Dawson

Wednesday, December 11, 7 p.m.
Palo Alto Art Center, Main Gallery
1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303
Robert Dawson has been photographing public libraries in the United States since 1994. Join us as he shares insights about this body of work. Robert Dawson's photographs have been widely exhibited and are in the permanent collections of many institutions across the country. Dawson has served as a member of the Board of Directors of San Francisco Camerawork and later, of the Friends of Photography, and is a founding member and still serves on the Board of PhotoAlliance. He is an Instructor of Photography at San Jose State University and Stanford University. Dawson’s book, Public Library: A Photographic Essay, will be published by Princeton Architectural Press in April, 2014, with a forward written by Bill Moyers and an afterward by Ann Patchett.

Holiday Family Day

Saturday, December 7, 2-4 p.m.
Palo Alto Art Center
1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303

Get into the holiday spirit with a festive range of hands-on art activities for children ages 5 and up. Book-related projects will be offered in conjunction with the Bibliophilia exhibition.

Related Classes at the Art Center

We are pleased to offer an array of art classes related to Bibliophilia for children, teens, and adults throughout the Fall. To view and register for one of our arts programs, visit:


Bell’s Books Since 1935, a video by Lessa Bouchard (22 minutes)
November 8 through 16, screening on loop daily during business hours of operation.
Bell’s Books, 536 Emerson Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301

View artist Lessa Bouchard’s 2010 prize-winning documentary short video about Bell's Books, a cherished independent bookstore in Palo Alto.

For more information, visit:

Community partnership with San Jose Museum of Art in conjunction with their concurrent Around the Table: Food, Creativity & Community exhibition:
Two of the participating artists in Bibliophilia, Christopher Reynolds and Patricia Curtan, were selected not just for their connection to books, but because each is inspired by our relationship to food in a unique way. The selected works by Reynolds and Curtan are presented in collaboration with San Jose Museum of Art’s Around the Table: Food, Community and Creativity exhibition and festival.

This exhibition at San Jose Museum of Art and the accompanying festival of activities presented by 31 partnering organizations celebrate and explore the role that food plays in our lives. For a calendar and more information, visit: