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Reva and David Logan Symposium on the Artist's Book

October 12, 2019, 1:00 pm4:30 pm
Photo of bookshelves / collection archives

John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Theater

The Legion of Honor is proud to present Borderland: Visual Poetics in Artists’ Books, the fourth annual Reva and David Logan Symposium on the Artist’s Book.

Join Susan Tallman, Enrique Chagoya and four other presenters for what promises to be a stimulating and enlightening afternoon. Starting from a common understanding of artists’ books as inventions in a permeable borderland, where words and images meet, the presenters will describe how they create or interpret the interplay of text and image in this extraordinarily powerful and appealing art medium.


Stephen Woodall (Introduction) is the collections specialist for artists’ books at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, where he is leading a project to create a greater public and scholarly engagement with the Reva and David Logan Collection of Illustrated Books. In that capacity he curates exhibitions of artists’ books, lectures widely, produces the annual Logan Symposiums, and has created content for two media-rich websites in the Museums’ Insights series

Susan Tallman (keynote) is the editor-in-chief of the journal Art in Print and author of The Contemporary Print: from Pre-Pop to Postmodern (Thames and Hudson). Founded in 2011 to address the persistent invisibility of printed art in the general art press, Art in Print is a bimonthly journal and website dedicated to the fine art print. Tallman’s writing has appeared in Art in America, Parkett, Print Quarterly, Arts Magazine, and numerous books and museum catalogues. She currently teaches in the Department of Art History, Theory and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Enrique Chagoya is a prominent artist in the Bay Area, with widespread national and international recognition. He is best known for his mixed-media paintings and prints that combine contemporary cultural icons with Pre-Columbian imagery as a means of addressing the roots of political and cultural issues. “For me,” he says, “my work is a form of visual language that I mix to make visual sentences.” Born in Mexico City, he emigrated to the United States in 1977. He is Professor of Art at Stanford University. 

Ala Ebtekar is an artist, researcher, and educator who works in the San Francisco Bay Area and Tehran, Iran. He teaches at Stanford University, where he is the founder and director of Art, Social Space and Public Discourse, a global initiative that investigates changing ideas of public space.  Ebtekar’s art practice encompasses painting, alternative photographic techniques, and illumination as a means to engage with the idea of the book, exploring relationships between text and image. He founded and continues to teach a popular course in the artist’s book at Stanford.

David Senior is the head of library and archives at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and formally the senior bibliographer in the library of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, where he curated many exhibitions of artists’ books, magazines, and ephemera. He lectures often on the history of artists’ publications and contemporary art and design publishing.  Senior recently authored Steven Leiber Catalogs, a book on the sales catalogs of the late Steven Leiber, a legendary dealer of artists' publications and ephemera.

Felicia Rice has collaborated with artists and writers under the Moving Parts Press imprint since 1977. The recipient of many honors, including grants awarded from the National Endowment for the Arts and the French Ministry of Culture, her books are held in library and museum collections worldwide. “As a printer,” she writes, “my job is to confront complex issues and render my response to them in book form. As an artist, my job is to do so with profound integrity. As a publisher, my job is to make these issues public.” 

Barbara Madsen with Ely Rosa Zamora. Barbara Madsen is known for her works in installation, sculpture, photography, and video. Her vast collections of cast-off 20th-century industrial matter--spark plugs, machine parts, welding masks, light switches, rubber, plastic, prosthetics, artificial eyes, and much more–serve as fodder for her work depicting a voracious world gone awry. She is an associate professor of art at Rutgers University. Ely Rosa Zamora is the author of several volumes of poetry. She is represented in the anthology Voces para Lilith: Literatura contemporánea de temática lésbica en Sudamérica (2011). Born in Venezuela, since 1998 she has lived in New York City, where she is the director of the bilingual poetry reading series “Voces de la Ciudad/ Voices of the City.”

Ticket Information

Admission is Free for all SF Residents

Seating is limited and first-come, first-served. Seating Tickets will be distributed an hour before the event begins in front of Gunn Theater.

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(415) 750-7624


The 2019 Reva and David Logan Symposium on the Artist’s Book is the 4th in a series made possible by generous grants from the Reva and David Logan Foundation and the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation.