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Bridges: Social Engagement in Artists’ Books/ 2021 Reva and David Logan Symposium on the Artist's Book

December 4, 2021, 1:00 pm4:00 pm

Andre Bradley, Dark Archives 1–41. Courtesy of artist. 

John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Theater

As potent tools for understanding, books can bridge disparate cultures. This year’s Logan Symposium brings together six powerful and courageous voices, artists who have traveled the world, and traveled within themselves, to bring back visual and poetic testimony. Please join us for two inspiring afternoons, in person and online, to hear and see their remarkable stories.

Can't join us in person? Enjoy the livestream of this program on our YouTube channel.

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About the Speakers

Steve Woodall (Introduction)
Steve Woodall is the collections specialist for artists’ books at the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
Dana Gioia (Keynote), Creativity, Collaboration, and Community
Dana Gioia is a poet and critic with numerous awards to his credit and a long history of collaborating with letterpress printers and artists. His 1992 book Can Poetry Matter? was a finalist for the prestigious National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism. He is a former Poet Laureate of California and from 2003 to 2009 was chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. For nine years Gioia was the Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture at the University of Southern California. He now divides his time between Los Angeles and Sonoma County, California.
Nigel Poor, Stories from San Quentin
Nigel Poor, an artist and photographer, is a professor of photography at California State University, Sacramento, and is widely known as the co-host and co-creator, with Earlonne Woods, of the celebrated podcast Ear Hustle. Her book The San Quentin Project (Aperture, 2021), based on classes she has taught at San Quentin on the theory and history of photography, documents the work of incarcerated students. Her fine art has been widely exhibited and collected.
Philip Zimmermann, Delirium
Philp Zimmermann founded his imprint, Spaceheater Editions, in 1979, and has since published several dozen editions of his mostly photo-based bookworks, with thirty-eight editions currently in print. A recent work, Delirium, a striking evocation of the contagions of 2020, both medical and political, was selected by the professional design association American Institute of Graphic Arts as one of the fifty best-designed books of the year. Recently retired as a professor of design at the University of Arizona, he lives in Tucson.
Andre Bradley, Dark Archives, 1–41
Andre Bradley’s Dark Archives, 1–41, was shortlisted for the Photo-Text Book Award at Les Rencontres de la Photographie and the Paris Photo/Aperture Foundation First PhotoBook Award, both in 2016. His work is in public and private art collections and libraries including the Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art, The Studio Museum in Harlem, and Scripps College's Ella Strong Denison Library. Bradley holds MFA degrees from Ithaca College and the Rhode Island School of Design, where he received the T.C. Colley Award for Photographic Excellence. He lives and works in Philadelphia.

Ticket Information

All programs are free and open to the public. 

The Gunn Theater seating is limited and unassigned. FREE tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis an hour before the lecture begins outside of the theater. This ticket does not include admission to the museum galleries. 

Every Saturday the Legion of Honor offers free general admission to all residents of the nine Bay Area counties. To view the exhibition please book your tickets here.


The 2021 Reva and David Logan Symposium on the Artist’s Book is the sixth in a series made possible by generous grants from the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation, the Revada Foundation, and the Reva and David Logan Foundation.

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