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The Restless Spirits of Comala: Release Party for the Arion Press Edition of Pedro Paramo with a Talk by Alfred Mac Adam, Columbia University, Professor of Latin-American Literature
Morbid Anatomy Museum
Brooklyn, NY
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The Restless Spirits of Comala: Release Party for the Arion Press Edition of Pedro Paramo with a Talk by Alfred Mac Adam, Columbia University, Professor of Latin-American Literature
Date: Sunday, October 30th
Time: 7pm
Admission: $5
Location: Morbid Anatomy Museum, 424 Third Avenue, 11215 Brooklyn NY

The Arion Press invites you to a book release party for a landmark of Mexican literature, Juan Rulfo's Pedro Paramo, with a talk by Columbia University scholar Alfred Mac Adam.  The most recent in our artists books series, Pedro Paramo features artwork by Enrique Chagoya and a new introduction by Alfred Mac Adam.

Considered the grandfather of Magical Realism, Juan Rulfo wrote a novel in 1956 that would unleash the spirits shaping the most vibrant tradition of 20th century Latin-American literature. In Rulfo's uncanny masterpiece the characters inhabit the ghost town of Comala, a landscape of the dead. Please join us in anticipation of the Day of the Dead, as we commune with the spirits of Comala.

The Arion Press edition, limited to 300 copies signed by the artist, will be on display at the Morbid Anatomy Museum; you may place an order at the event. The work contains 10 two-sided relief prints hand-bound into the book. 30 copies are also available with Enrique Chagoyas 9-color 18 x 24 relief print, Nahvi Olin.

Professor Mac Adam's area of specialization is twentieth-century Latin-American narrative, a subject on which he has published three books and numerous articles. He is also a translator of Latin-American literature and has translated work by Alejandro Jodorowsky, Fernando Pessoa, Reinaldo Arenas, Alejo Carpentier, Julio Cortazar, and Carlos Fuentes. In 1998 we used Professor Mac Adams translation for the Arion Press edition of The Alienist by Brazillian author Maria Machado de Assis.

Enrique Chagoya is a painter, print maker, and Professor of Art at Stanford University. Drawing from his experiences living on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border in the 1970s and in Europe in the 1990s, Chagoya juxtaposes secular, popular, and religious symbols to address the ongoing cultural clash between the United States and Latin America, as well as other parts of the world. He uses pop icons to create deceptively friendly points of entry for the discussion of complex issues.

Born in Mexico City, Chagoya studied printmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute and received a MFA from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1997. In 2007 a major survey of his work, Borderlandia, traveled to the UC Berkeley Art Museum and the Palm Springs Art Museum. In 2013 he had his first traveling survey in Europe. His print retrospective traveled to the Museo Nacional de la Estampa in Mexico City in the winter of 2016.

About the Press: Arion Press is known for such books with artists as Cane, with Martin Puryear, Sampler, poetry of Emily Dickinson, with Kiki Smith, poetry of Seamus Heaney with Sol LeWitt, Invisible Cities with Wayne Thiebaud, and Ulysses with Robert Motherwell. Arion press artist books are printed by letterpress from lead type and bound by hand, using the resources of Arion Presss historic workshop in San Francisco, which is designated an irreplaceable cultural treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Arion Press has been the nations most prominent publisher of fine handcrafted books with artists since 1975.  Among its landmark editions are Moby-Dick (1978), Tristram Shandy with John Baldessari (1998), a folio Bible (2000), and a two-volume edition of Don Quixote with William T. Wiley (2010). Its books are designed by Andrew Hoyem and entirely produced by a team of 12 traditionally-trained craftsmen in a unique setting in the Presidio National Park. Here designer/publisher Andrew Hoyem has preserved the nations last complete letterpress printing facility.


Morbid Anatomy Museum (View)
424 A Third Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215
United States




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