Bound to be Held: A Book Show at The Contemporary Jewish Museum

. March 5, 2015

The Contemporary Jewish Museum presents a solo exhibition of the work of San Francisco-based Jewish conceptual artist Josh Greene. The exhibition extends Greene’s career-long interest in instigating social interaction between people. His projects, often funny and provocative public actions, have included a rented storefront from which he conducted what he advertised as Unlicensed Therapy to an artist talk that took place in the backseat of a German police car.

Josh Greene, Library Sketch, 2015. Bound to Be Held: A Book Show. Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco.

Josh Greene, Library Sketch, 2015. Bound to Be Held: A Book Show. Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco.

Bound to be Held: A Book Show is a new project in two parts that examines the social meaning of books as objects, bookstores, private collections, libraries, museums, celebrity, and literature. The first installation, Read by Famous, is a display of a selection of books that Greene solicited from well-known individuals who each affirm that they have personally read that copy and who provide accompanying notes about why the book was important to them. Book donors have included Jon Stewart (Why Soccer Matters by Pelé with Brian Winters), Philip Seymour Hoffman (Death Be Not Proud by John Gunther), Alice Waters (The Man Who Planted Trees by Jean Giono), and many others. The books will eventually be offered for sale with proceeds supporting literacy projects.

The second part of the project is called The Library of Particular Experience, consisting of approximately one thousand books donated by the general public and available for borrowing. A variety of reading events will take place in The Library during the run of the show.

Josh Greene has exhibited widely including at the Hammer Museum at UCLA, the Nelson Gallery at UC Davis, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and more.

Bound to be Held: A Book Show is organized by The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco.

WHAT: Bound to be Held: A Book Show— a solo exhibition of the work of San Francisco-based Jewish conceptual artist Josh Greene

WHEN: April 2–July 5, 2015

TIME: Open daily (except Wed.): 11am–5pm and Thursday, 11am–8pm

WHERE: The Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission Street, San Francisco

ADMISSION: $12 adults, $10 students and senior citizens with a valid ID, and $5 on Thursdays after 5pm. Youth 18 and under free.

More information: Visit thecjm.org or call 415.655.7800

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