We are thrilled to announce the forthcoming publication of The Collages of Helen Adam, co-published by Cuneiform Press and Further Other Book Works. Given the warm reception of Adam’s collages in the recent traveling exhibition, An Opening of the Field: Jess, Robert Duncan, and Their Circle, we think it’s a timely, necessary book.
Please scroll down to see what a great collection we have planned! If you’re unable to make a larger contribution, please consider participating in the pre-sale.
For more on Helen Adam, please visit her PennSound author page, where you can listen to a performance of San Francisco’s Burning–featuring Helen, her sister Pat, and our own Bob Hershon–as well as Susan Howe’s interview with Adam from the late ’70’s.
And if you don’t have Kristin Prevallet’s essential A Helen Adam Reader, pick yours up here.
The Collages of Helen Adam features 40 stand-alone collages from The Helen Adam Archive–selected and introduced by Alison Fraser–as well as two collage gifts: one set of collages given to Robert Duncan as a birthday present in ’59, and one set given as a wedding present to Bob Hershon Donna Brook in ’82.
For more on Helen Adam’s collages, please see Kristin Prevallet’s essay, “Helen Adam’s Sweet Company.”
Alison Fraser has carefully reconstructed as much of Adam’s contribution to the 1964 Buzz Gallery show as possible, and we can’t be more thrilled to make these photos available. Featured here: Joanne Kyger and John Boyce.
For more on Buzz Gallery, see the feature in Big Bridge #9.
This collection will also make newly available the final state of Adam’s “In Harpy Land.” In conjunction with the version published in A Helen Adam Reader, this last arrangement will give readers the kind of insight into Adam’s process that previously would have required a visit to the archive.
Featuring an essay on the Helen Adam Archive at Buffalo by James Maynard, an introduction to the collages by Alison Fraser, a remembrance of Adam at Stinson Beach by Lew Ellingham, a remembrance of Adam by Samuel Delany, a note on the wedding gift by Robert Hershon, and a new afterword by Kristin Prevallet.
Please contact the press with any questions.