Midnight Song

by Alan Govenar


Details: Arcadian Press (Caren Heft), Racine, Wisconsin, 1998
Letterpress on Root River Mill cotton paper; accordion fold book,
7 1/2” x 10 1/2” x 1”, case closed with compact disc.
Edition: 123

An impression of a Hmong shaman; the spiritual leader of his people, who was a mercenary for the French and the CIA in Laos. Pages are under printed in Hmong with one of the shaman’s poems.

The Book Arts of Alan Govenar and Caren Heft are featured in the following public collections:

The Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England
Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris, France
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, John M. Flaxman Memorial Library, Chicago, Illinois
James Branch Cabell Library Special Collections and Archive, Virginia Commnwealth University, Richmond,Virginia
Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois
Anne Bromer Books, Boston, Massachusetts
Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Tyler Museum of Art, Tyler, Texas
Boston Public Library, Boston, Massachusetts
Cedar Valley College, Dallas, Texas
University of Houston, Houston, Texas
African American Museum, Dallas, Texas
Musée de L’Erotisme, Paris, France
Wustum Museum Artists Book Archive, Racine, Wisconsin
Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
New York Public Library, New York, New York
Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities, Los Angeles, California
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois
University of Western Michigan, Kalamazoo, Michigan
Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts
Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
University of North Carolina, Greensboro, North Carolina
California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland,California
Art of the Book Collection, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington
The Jaffee Collection, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida
University of Milkwaukee, Milkwaukee, Wisconsin
Kohler Art Library, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Henry Buhl Foundation, New York, New York
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California
Fogg Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts