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Date: 4/17/02
From: Minnesota Center for Book Arts <lbrink@mnbookarts.org>
Subject: Cuban Book Arts Exhibition and Lecture

Wrapped Words: Handmade Books from Cuba¹s Ediciones Vigía
an exhibit at Minnesota Center for Book Arts
April 20­May 31, 2002
Opening Reception: Friday, April 19, 6­9 PM
Free Gallery Talk and Discussion with Jeanne Drewes Saturday, April 27,
7-8:30 p.m.

The Minnesota Center for Book Arts announces the opening of "Wrapped Words:
Handmade Books from Cuba¹s Ediciones Vigía," a traveling exhibition of work
produced by a Cuban cooperative widely known for its structurally diverse,
visually engaging literary publications. The opening reception will take
place at MCBA on Friday, April 19, 6­9 p.m. The reception is sponsored in
part by Victor¹s 1959 Café, Minneapolis. The exhibit runs through May 31,
2002.

The thirty-five pieces on exhibit offer a fascinating view of Ediciones
Vigía handmade books, magazines and banners. The cooperative approaches
their work largely in response to available resources, using found objects,
recycled materials, industrial discards, fabric scraps, stones, shells and
earth in hand-crafting each book; the objective is to create inexpensive,
conceptually impelling books with "a human feel."

Ediciones Vigía­­the name is taken from its Matanzas location in Plaza de la
Vigía (Watchtower Square)‹was founded in 1985, under the auspices of the
Cuban Ministry of Culture, by poet Alfredo Zaldívar and artist Rolando
Estévez to encourage individual creative expression. While an
officially-sanctioned publishing house, it has maintained a stolidly
independent commitment to artistic vision, producing marvelously illustrated
and ingeniously fabricated volumes by young artists and writers from Cuba¹s
provinces as well as works by well-known Latin American and European writers
including Boris Pasternak, Octavio Paz, Edna St. Vincent Millay and Jorge
Louis Borges.

The curator of this exhibition, Jeanne Drewes, Assistant Director for Access
and Preservation at Michigan State University Libraries, has visited and
worked with members of the cooperative numerous times. "These extraordinary
books reflect the spirit and ingenuity of the Cuban people," she says. "They
are both literature and art. The opportunity to exhibit them as art has
fulfilled a long held dream for me." Drewes will display more work and
discuss her experience with the collective at a free gallery talk and
lecture on Saturday, April 27, 7-8:30 p.m..

"Wrapped Words: Handmade Books from Cuba¹s Ediciones Vigía" will provide a
close-up view both inside and out of these unique books. The exhibition,
originally organized collaboratively between Kresge Art Museum and the MSU
Libraries, will be on display at Kresge Art Museum until March 17, 2002. It
will be on exhibit at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts from April 20­May
31, 2002. It will then travel to The Harold Washington Library Center in
Chicago, the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas, and the
Marsh Art Gallery at the University of Richmond in Richmond, VA.

Organized and circulated by the Kresge Art Museum and the MSU Libraries,
Michigan State University, made possible by a grant from the Michigan
Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the
Humanities. Additional support provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board,
Wet Paint Inc., Uri and Melissa Camarena and Victor¹s 1959 Cafe.

Minnesota Center for Book Arts is located in the Open Book building, 1011
Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN. Gallery hours are Monday, 10-5;
Tuesday, 10-9; Wednesday­Saturday, 10-5; Sunday, Noon-4. Admission is free
and open to the public. Call 612-215-2520 for more information.

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