The Center for Book Arts

Located at 28 W. 27th St., 3rd floor, the Center for Book Arts hosts exhibitions and gallery events in addition to its usual full calendar of bookbinding and printing arts classes. During Rare Book Week and through April 8, see Pulp as Portal: Socially Engaged Hand-Papermaking, an exhibition that examines “the artist’s book—specifically bookworks, publications, zines, and printed matter—as both artwork and outcome.” Also on exhibit: Chantal Zakari: Narratives of Conflict (in collaboration with Mike Mandel).

Courtesy of The Center for Book Arts.

The Grolier Club

Two exhibits welcome visitors to the Grolier Club, located at 47 East 60th St. The ground floor gallery showcases Images of Value: The Artwork Behind U.S. Security Engraving 1830s-1980s, which surveys 150 years of images in watercolor drawings, prints, photographs, and oil paintings (such as the one pictured here) that were used as engraving subjects by US bank note firms. On view through April 29, the exhibition is curated by and largely from the collection of Mark D. Tomasko. The second floor gallery offers For Art’s Sake: The Aesthetic Movement in Print and Beyond from the Collection of Eric Holzenberg through March 11. Both are open to the public free of charge Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Featured Image: Alonzo E. Foringer. [Standing female with wheat and scythe.] Oil on canvas, 30" x 30." For American Bank Note Company, 1927. Collection of Mark D. Tomasko.

Courtesy of The Grolier Club.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Taking as its focus one of The Met’s most captivating masterpieces, Seurat’s Circus Sideshow will afford a unique context for appreciating the heritage and allure of Parade de cirque, painted in 1887-88 by Georges Seurat. More than 100 paintings, drawings, prints, period posters, and illustrated journals will be on display, supplemented by musical instruments and an array of documentary material. Through May 28.

Featured Image: Georges Seurat (French, 1859-1891). Circus Sideshow (Parade de cirque), 1887-88. Oil on canvas.

Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Bequest of Stephen C. Clark, 1960.

The Morgan Library & Museum

A visit to the Morgan, at 225 Madison Ave., presents several amazing exhibits during this year’s Rare Book Week. Aside from the must-visit Emily Dickinson exhibition, of particular note is Delirium: The Art of the Symbolist Book, an exploration of the creative encounters between Symbolist authors and the artists in their circles, featuring the work of Charles Baudelaire, Stephane Mallarmé, and Paul Verlaine, among others. Bonus art exhibit: Treasures from the Nationalmuseum of Sweden: The Collections of Count Tessin.

Featured Image: Odilon Redon (1840-1916), Centaure lisant, 19th century, Charcoal on light brown paper.

The Morgan Library & Museum, Thaw Collection.

Museum of Modern Art

Once you’ve read this issue’s “In View” column (see page 55), you’ll definitely want to see the photographic survey, The Shape of Things: Photographs from Robert B. Menschel, on view through May 7. But while you’re at the midtown MoMA (11 W. 53rd St.), you might also check out an exhibition of painting, drawing, prints, books, and graphic design called A Revolutionary Impulse: The Rise of the Russian Avant-Garde (through March 12), as well as One and One Is Four: The Bauhaus Photocollages of Josef Albers (through April 2).

Featured Image: From The Shape of Things: Charles Marville (French, 1816-1879) Pont Neuf, 1870s. Albumen silver print. Horace W. Goldsmith Fund through Robert B. Menschel 876.2005.

Courtesy of Museum of Modern Art.

New-York Historical Society Museum & Library

If boxing is your sport, it’s the perfect time to check out the N-YHS, located at 170 Central Park West, which is hosting two related exhibits, Muhammad Ali, LeRoy Neiman, and the Art of Boxing and “I Am King of the World”: Photographs of Muhammad Ali by George Kalinsky, both through March 26. Vivid watercolors and intimate, on-the-spot sketches capture Ali both in and outside the ring. While you’re there, take time for Tattooed New York, an exhibit that covers 300 years of body art.

Featured Image: LeRoy Neiman, Liston and Clay Weigh-In, February 24, 1964. Mixed media and collage on paper.

Courtesy LeRoy Neiman Foundation.

New York Public Library

The NYPL’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Ave. at 42nd Street is celebrating the Venetian Republic with Love in Venice, an exhibition that examines the literary, artistic, musical and cultural aspects of Venice’s seductiveness, from the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili to flap books showing the undergarments of Venetian prostitutes. On view through August 26, this is a show not to miss. Also on display for Rare Book Week: maps of the Erie Canal in New York’s Stone River exhibit and “alternative” press/zines in Protests in Print.

Featured Image: “Lovers in a Gondola (hiding)” in Le vere imagini e descrittioni … (True images and descriptions …). Venice: Donato Bertelli, 1578.

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs, Print Collection.

New York Society Library

Though it is a membership library, non-members are welcomed to the NYSL’s exhibits at its landmark townhouse at 53 East 79th Street. Currently it is showing Broken Beauty, a selection of books that focuses on the historic cities of Paestum, Petra, Persepolis, and Baalbek from eighteenth-, nineteenth-, and twentieth-century travelers to the Middle East. One of the treasures is Giovanni Battista Piranesi’s 1778 folio, Différentes vues de quelques restes de trois grands édifices qui subsistent encore dans le milieu de l’ancienne ville de Peste.

Courtesy of the New York Society Library.