Join us for the book launch of A Small Pond Under the Blue Sky on October 13th

Come celebrate Special Special on the occasion of our seventh anniversary with the launch of our book A Small Pond Under the Blue Sky, Special Special Projects 2016–2022! I will be giving a talk on the journey of building this special community with our dear friend Herb Tam. Hope to see you there!
— Wen-You 
 October 13, 2023, 6:00-8:30PM
Talk begins 6:30PM
Building Special Special Communities and Learning to Celebrate
with Wen-You Cai & Herb Tam 
Reception to follow
Location: 40 East 1st Street (between 1st and 2nd Ave.)
(Capacity is limited, please RSVP at your earliest convenience)
We will be co-hosting this event with our friends at Bungee Space! 


About Wen-You Cai:

Wen-You Cai is the founder and director of Special Special. Her previously published books include, When You Make No Art and, Rooster, Tiger, Sheep by Snake. A Small Pond Under the Blue Sky is her 5th publication. Over the past seven years, Special Special has been a vehicle for her to enhance her interest in the creative community and deepen her sense of self.

About Herb Tam:

Herb Tam is the Curator and Director of Exhibitions at the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA). He recently co-curated The Moon Represents My Heart: Music, Memory and Belonging (2019). As an independent curator and artist, he co-organized Home-O-Stasis: Life and Livelihoods in Flushing (2023). He is also a member of the painting club P_Lub, along with Lu Zhang and Trisha Baga, and co-founder of Chinatown Basketball Club with Lu Zhang. Tam was born in Hong Kong and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He studied at San Jose State University and earned a masters in fine arts from the School of Visual Arts, New York. Tam has been a frequent participant and audience member of Special Special programs.

Order your copy now!

To order your copy to pick up at the launch, select local pick up at the check out.

A Small Pond Under the Blue Sky is a reflection and celebration of the 98 artist collaborations, through 37 exhibitions, performances, and workshops. A record of the pop-ups and product editions conceptualized and presented in our East Village space and beyond from 2016 to 2022. This anthology includes interviews with artists collaborators Aria McManus, Tim Simonds, and Lu Zhang, and personal reflections on collaborations and creativity with the founder and director Wen-You Cai. This collection of thoughts guide readers through a contemplation of creative experiments with art and the everyday.

This book was edited by Wen-You Cai and Lin King, and designed by Panny Chayapumh.

First edition of 500