Project: Reading Room

Designer: Studio Giancarlo Valle

Client: Bard Graduate Center

Rugs Depicted: Field-Rouge, Madison-Bone, Hagga-Terracotta


Wendy’s Subway returns to the Bard Graduate Center for a second year to present the Reading Room, a platform to promote engagement with artists’ books, periodicals, and other publications. This year’s collection is curated by Some Other Books, a NY-based publisher of artists’ books and multiples founded by artist Kristen Mueller in 2018, and is designed by Studio Giancarlo Valle.


The Reading Room, inspired by two exhibitions, Fabricating Power with Balinese Textiles and The Codex and Crafts in Late Antiquity is divided into two collections: Artists/Textiles— books focused on artists working with textiles in the fields of fine art, fashion, and publishing, and Artists/Books—focused on artists whose work takes the form of the book or zine. Each collection is comprised of a multitude of artists’ books, monographs, catalogues, periodicals, and zines produced in recent years by an international array of publishers and artists, and also includes an extensive range of books for children. The Reading Room aims to introduce the reader to both a wide range of actors working today in the ever-expanding field of art book publishing, and to delve deeper into the work of contemporary textile artists and book-makers.