Passages Bookshop & Gallery, located in Portland, Oregon, specializes in unusual, fine, and rare books and graphic art, focusing on poetry, modern art and literature, fine printing and artist’s books, and related materials.

We host readings, book launches, music, and receptions for artists in connection with our program of regularly changing exhibitions.

This site features a small selection from our inventory, upcoming events at the shop, catalogues, exhibitions, and other news. Books listed here can be purchased easily through the site’s secure card processing, and you can see more of our inventory at the Passages Bookshop page on ABE.


CURRENT EXHIBITION:

NIEDECKER PANELS by KATHERINE KUEHN

Katherine Kuehn’s gorgeous wall hangings present short poems by the incomparable Lorine Niedecker, sewn onto vintage textiles hand-dyed in indigo. The Niedecker panels are accompanied by two other sewn projects featuring texts by David Abel (Threnos) and Henry David Thoreau (Winter Lines).

Printer, printmaker, and book artist Katherine Kuehn has been sewing texts for many years, making innovative objects that transform the act of reading.

“After twenty-five years of setting type by hand,” she once remarked, “I wanted something slower.”

UPCOMING EVENTS:

WORKS ON PAPER #2: NIEDECKER/KUEHN

Friday, July 19, 7:00 pm • free admission

Please join us for several brief presentations pertaining to the current exhibition, followed by a reception for the artist.

  • Katherine Kuehn will describe the evolution of her sewn works

  • Karl Gartung will share Lorine Niedecker research and read related poems

  • Charles Hood will read his essay, “How to Write Nature in the Midwest”

  • David Abel will read and discuss collaborative works made with Kuehn

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