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


This exhibition features books and prints and other related items by the following artists and writers: Islam Aly, Julia Arredondo, John Ashbery, Ben Blount, John Eric Broaddus, Karen Chance, Rosemarie Charlione, Julie Chen, Béatrice Coron, Hart Crane, Emily Dickinson, Jim Dine, Melissa Jay Craig, Edward Gorey, Roni Gross, Howard Hodgkin, Ed Hutchins, Humm A Lo, Kianga Jinaki, Susan Johanknect, Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr., Lee Krist, Aimee Lee, Carlos Mácia, E. Oscar Maynard, Steve Miller and his students at the Penland School of Craft 1994, Denise Nazaal, James Noel, Mary Oliver, Coriander Riesbord, Eduardo Hernández Santos, Karsten Schubert, Judy Serebrin, William Shakespeare, Shawn Sheehy, Louise Silk, Clarissa Sligh, Lilith Smith, Susan Sontag, Nancy Southworth, Beth Thielen with inmates from San Quentin State Prison and California Rehabilitation Center, Carlo Valini, Claire Van Vliet, John Vassos, Sarah Vogel, Ellen Wallenstein, David Wander, Kazuko Watanabe, Heather Weston, Oscar Wilde, Purvis Young, the Justseeds Artists' Cooperative, the artists cooperative called Organik, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and the community of woodland artisans at Taller Leñateros in Chiapas, Mexico.