Things I Might Need 
An Exhibition by Shana Agid

on view May 13 – June 18, 2022

Opening reception May 13, 2022 from 5-8p.m.

Things I Might Need brings four artist’s book and relief print projects together to examine power, desire, intimacy, and possibility at interpersonal and social scales. Combining writing, images, and book forms, the works in the exhibition weave together personal stories with narratives derived from archival research and from interviews with practitioners in fields from medicine to baseball to draw out unlikely metaphors and the questions that emerge from them. Using papermaking, letterpress, pressure prints and woodcuts, these pieces tell layered stories of bodies in motion and in space, navigating queerness, perfection, illness, and gender in precarious and shifting conditions. Made over several years, this work explores politics of making provisional, partial sense of regular but confounding experiences – love, grief, nostalgia, violence – as they are experienced and understood through our bodies’ relationships to histories, to land, to other people, and to the systems, large and small, that bring them together.

Close up of artwork that says "Call a Wrecking Ball to Make a Window," with a map depicted on the paper

Call a Wrecking Ball to Make a Window, 2012, Letterpress on Thai Mulberry, letterpress-printed envelope 7 5/8” x 10 1/4” in envelope cover, 22” x 30” open

Artist, Shana Agid, working in the studio

Shana Agid (he/she/they) is an artist/designer, teacher, and organizer whose work focuses on relationships of power and difference in visual, social, and political cultures. Her books and prints have been exhibited internationally and his artist’s books are in libraries and collections across the United States. She is an Associate Professor of Arts, Media, and Communication at Parsons School of Design.

Shana Agid’s work is represented by Booklyn (booklyn.org).

And in our Studio Gallery…

Monsterity 物之怪

An Exhibition by SuDi Wang |  On View May 13 – June 18, 2022

Check out Shana Agid’s Artist Talk below! 

Exhibitions supported by:

Book Arts is supported by: National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, Children’s Foundation of Erie County, the County of Erie, M&T Bank Foundation, Western New York Foundation, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, the Cameron and Jane Baird Foundation, the Margaret L. Wendt Foundation, Humanities NY