Exhibition Images + Catalogs

Ode to a Grand Staircase (2)

Tetenbaum, Barbara and Julie Chen. Ode to a Grand Staircase (For Four Hands). Portland, Oregon: Flying Fish Press; Berkeley, California: Triangular Press, 2001.

Limited edition of 100 copies, signed by the artists.

Letterpress printed cut card panels attached to concertinas on both sides creating two spines. Pages are cut in layers to resemble a staircase and open from the center in the fashion of french doors.

Issued in cloth-covered drop-spine box, with magnetic closure.

Julie Chen, Barbara Tetenbaum, artists.
Erik Satie (1866-1925), author.
16/100, signed by artists

The text of Ode to a Grand Staircase comes from Satie’s The March of the Grand Staircase, composed in 1914. It is one of the three Enfantines that Satie composed to suit the size of a child’s hand.

The text is derived from the musical directives and silent librettos which accompany his scores. Thanks to Anna Sacramento for production assistance and to Claudia Wober for the translation.

Courtesy of Barbara Tetenbaum and Special Collections, Eric V. Hauser Library, Reed College.

Artist Credit: Barbara Tetenbaum, Julie Chen

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