The NY Art Book Fair, MoMA PS1
Symposium on emerging practices and debates within art-book culture
The Contemporary Artists’ Books Conference is a dynamic, two-day event focused on emerging practices and debates within art-book culture. Full conference tickets, which include a newly commissioned book by Emily Roysdon, are now available online (single-session tickets are also available).
The Contemporary Artists’ Books Conference is organized by Printed Matter, Inc. and The NY Art Book Fair, November 5–7 at MoMA PS1, featuring more than 280 international presses, booksellers, antiquarians, museums, galleries, and artists from twenty-four countries, exhibiting the very best of contemporary art publishing. Admission to the NY Art Book Fair is free, including the preview, Thursday, November 4 from 6-9 p.m. Visit the NY Art Book Fair website and Facebook page for updates as well as a complete list of programs.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2010
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Furthering the Critical Dialogue
This session will further a key concern of last year’s Conference: the state of artists’ books criticism. Through myriad critical approaches, speakers will not discuss the “state of” artists books criticism per se, but instead directly engage in a critical evaluation of select works.
Participants include: Tate Shaw, director, Visual Studies Workshop; Karen Schiff, artist, New York; Susan Viguers, director, Book Arts/ Printmaking MFA program, University of the Arts; and Kathleen Walkup, professor and director of the Book Art program, Mills College. Moderated by Tony White, Indiana University Libraries.
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Typography and Writing
Without typography, the published word does not exist. How do contemporary writers engage with form? How have designers grappled with the concept of authorship? With the rise of digital publishing, writers have new opportunities to think about how their work is produced and distributed. This session will explore typography and design across a range of current publishing formats.
Participants include: Ellen Lupton, Cooper-Hewitt Museum and Maryland Institute College of Art; and Will Holder, artist, London.
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Keynote: Richard Hell, Josh Smith, and Christopher Wool
A conversation between three artists whose recent collaborations include such books as Psychopts (JMC & GHB Editions, 2008) and Can your monkey do the dog (MFC Michele Didier, 2007).
5:45 - 6:45 p.m.
Pecha Kucha: Artists’ Books, Zines, and Publishing
This pecha kucha (the Japanese word for “the sound of conversation”), will consist of ten presenters offering fifteen slides each, displayed twenty seconds at a time. Presenters will have five minutes to discuss each project based on interest, influence, or intrigue. The quick pace and strictly enforced time limit of this session format ensures a lively, engaging and entertaining discussion.
Participants include: Tony White, Indiana University Libraries; Jae Rossman, assistant director for Special Collections, Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library, Yale University; and Karen Schiff, artist, New York; and others.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2010
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Experimental Libraries and Reading Rooms
What constitutes an experimental library? What is the impetus to create such a library and what impact do such spaces have on our exchange of ideas, the conduct of research, or the creation of art? Does this impulse stem from a need to create an intellectual community outside of academia, address an underrepresented subject, articulate an intellectual curiosity, or is it simply nostalgia for printed books and libraries? These spaces share the common trait of presenting unique collections of research material to the public. Martha Wilson of Franklin Furnace will give an introductory presentation.
Participants include: Wendy Yao, Ooga Booga; Andrew Beccone, the Reanimation Library; Robin Cameron and Jason Polan, the Assembled Picture Library; and Tiffany Malakooti and Babok Radboy, Bidoun Library. Moderated by Renaud Proch, Independent Curators International (ICI).
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Riot Grrrl: Traces of a Movement
Riot Grrrl is a feminist movement that rose during the mid-1990s and is closely associated with punk rock, radical politics, and a DIY ethic. Its participants left behind a lengthy paper trail of film, photography, art, video, music, and zines, a selection of which have recently entered the Fales Library and Special Collections at New York University. This panel of artists, musicians, and writers will discuss the history and cultural artifacts of the movement.
Participants include: Lisa Darms, Fales Library, NYU; Jenna Freedman, Barnard College
Library; Sarah Marcus; and Molly Neuman. Moderated by Gretchen Wagner..
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
The Pedagogy of Artists’ Publications
Artists’ publications have a presence in academia beyond the usual bookmaking class. This session steps back from the technical aspects of publishing to survey the way in which this practice manifests within the classroom. How do conversations overlap or diverge from the DIY. ethos of artists’ zines? In what way might individuals and institutions continue to support the field of artists’ publications? By convening a group of practitioners from various backgrounds, including recent MFA-program graduates, this panel will explore the current climate of pedagogy surrounding artists’ publications.
Participants include: Kirby Gookin, department of Art and Art Professions, New York University; Duncan Hamilton, department of Communications Design, Pratt Institute; Megan Plunkett and Daniel Wagner, The Kingsboro Press; and Ruby Sky Stiler, Steinhardt School of Education, New York University. Moderated by Catherine Krudy, director, Printed Matter, Inc.
5:45 - 6:45 p.m.
Closing Reception, with Emily Roydson
Join us for a reception in celebration of the release of a specially commissioned book by Emily Roysdon, an interdisciplinary artist and writer who examines the intersections of choreography and politics. Roysdon’s book is a meditation on vintage photographs of the New York piers by queer photographer Alvin Baltrop.
Printed Matter, Inc. presents
The NY Art Book Fair, November 5–7, 2010
MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave. at the intersection of 46th Ave., Long Island City, NY
Free and open to the public:
Preview: November 4, 6-9 p.m.
Friday & Saturday, November 5 & 6, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sunday, November 7, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Image: Emily Roydson with photography by Alvin Baltrop, West Street, 2010. Forthcoming artists' book, published on the occasion of the NY Art Book Fair and the Contemporary Artists’ Books Conference.
Printed Matter, Inc. and The NY Art Book Fair thank our generous sponsors for their support of these events:
Press inquiries: Peter J. Russo, firstname.lastname@example.org
Printed Matter, Inc. is an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 1976 by artists and art workers with the mission to foster the appreciation, dissemination, and understanding of artists' books and other artists' publications.
Printed Matter, Inc. has received support, in part, through grants from the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City, Department of Cultural Affairs, the Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, The Cowles Charitable Trust, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the Schoenstadt Family Foundation, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Trust for Mutual Understanding, the Gesso Foundation, the Foundation for Contemporary, Arts, the Morris B. and Edith S. Cartin Family Foundation Inc., the Mondriaan Foundation, and individuals worldwide.