Conversations from the Margins of the Jaffe Collection

Through January 2024
JCBA Book Arts Gallery & Lobby

Phoenix Woorcut; Baskin, Leonard For our fall into winter exhibition, I've gathered books, prints, and other pieces from the Jaffe Collection and from my own collection. Many of these items have profound meaning to me, and I envision them in this setting in conversation with each other. I invite you to come and decipher your own conversations amongst the pieces, but for me, it all boils down to one piece in particular, a print by E. Oscar Maynard of Tender-Heart Press, and this is what it says: "Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world's grief. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it."

You are also welcome to just come and look at some pretty amazing books and prints and not think about them beyond their presence.

–– John Cutrone, curator of Marginalia


Every Friday (unless we have to cancel for other virtual events)
2 to 5 PM Eastern
From Wherever You Are, via Zoom


Here is the link and password for our virtual Real Mail Fridays letter writing socials:

(And in case you need it, the Meeting ID is 825 9779 8220 and the passcode is Kh51f6.)

Dear Friends,

We've built such a wonderful global community since we began beaming Real Mail Fridays out to the world through our weekly online JCBA Zoom socials, and it is truly humbling and heartwarming to see friends join us each week and new folks, too, from all corners of this vast planet. In that spirit, we have no plans to end our weekly Zoom version of Real Mali Fridays.

Standing at the Crossroad

A Virtual Gallery Talk by JCBA's 2023 Salzberg Resident

Standing at the crossroad, what will you choose between love, power and comfort? If you find happiness, how far will you go to stop time? And if you achieve immortality, how will you cope with the memories?

The Eastern European storytelling tradition is full of "basme": reality-altering incantations, shaped as fairy tales. One of the recurring motifs is time-manipulation, designed to course-correct the world in unexpected ways, while offering psychological healing to the listener. In the shadow of the pandemic, and on the brink of economic and ecological collapse, Maria's project narrates the journey of an unnamed main character who must use all means available to find a way out –– be it personal or universal.


bedtime stories for kids & sleepy adults

It's high summer and there's no time like now for one of Florida's great contributions to the national cuisine: Key Lime Pie. Don Blanding wrote a poem in praise of lime pie in the early 1940s, and for Episode No. 10 of our bedtime stories series, we invite you to Stay Awake with John Cutrone as he reads "Lime Pie" and a few other selections from "Floridays," a book of poems about life in our home state that Don Blanding published in 1942.