Cannupa Hanska Luger

Speechless is the exhibition catalog designed by Small Editions to accompany “Cannupa Hanska Luger: Speechless,” on view at Nevada Museum of Art (October 7, 2023 to June 2, 2024).

From the Nevada Museum of Art:

“Cannupa Hanska Luger’s solo exhibition at the Nevada Museum of Art is accompanied by a hardcover, 124-page book co-published by the Nevada Museum of Art, Dieu Donné, and the Garth Greenan Gallery, New York. Speechless features a monumental installation of a large-scale radio tower made of lodgepole and white pine poles that echo cargo cult structures. The book is a result of a special collaboration with Luger, Small Editions, and the publishers on the occasion of his exhibition at the Museum and residency last year at Dieu Donné. The first book to focus exclusively on Luger’s multi-media art, it showcases the new body of work the artist made for his exhibition Speechless. Part exhibition catalog and part artist book, the unique publication explores the relationship between the process of making the artwork in the exhibition and the finished result of the exhibition. By dividing the book into different sections, various aspects of the artistic process are revealed. The first unbound section visually highlights the sculptures in the exhibition and features a conversation about them between Cannupa Hanska Luger and his close friend and collaborator Eden Pearlstein. Embedded into the pages of this unbound section, is another smaller insert that specifically highlights the process of making the paper feathers and bustles at Dieu Donné. The second bound section of the book highlights the exhibition itself, including lavish color photographs of the installation, along with an artist statement developed by Luger and Eden Pearlstein, and an expository essay from the exhibition’s curator Apsara DiQuinzio on Luger’s artwork and the complicated history of cargo cults—a phenomenon that underpins Luger’s exhibition. Finally, an essay by Tatiana Ginsberg, a master paper maker, discusses working with Luger at Dieu Donné.”

Available for purchase via NMA here.

Production Details

9.5 × 12.75 in
Hardcover canvas wrapped, Swiss drop spine
Pamphlet sewn 
Paper used: EnviroValue 100gsm, Profibulk 1.1 115 gsm, Magno Natural 100gsm, Garda Gloss 115gsm
Cover and pastedown material: Canvas Extra R, Dark Olive
Cover finishing: 1 color silkscreen on front/back cover and spine
4/4 + 2 PMS offset printing 


Edition of 1250
Book Concept by Cannupa Hanska Luger, Small Editions
Designed by Isobel Chiang (Small Editions)
Photography by Melody Melamed, Wendy McEahern, Ginger Dunnill
Essays by Apsara diQuinzio, Tatiana Ginsberg, Eden Pearlstein