Printed Matter, Inc. presents Contemporary Artists’ Books Conference

Printed Matter, Inc. presents Contemporary Artists’ Books Conference

Printed Matter, Inc.

Image Courtesy of Paul Mpagi Sepuya.
September 20, 2011
Printed Matter, Inc. presents Contemporary Artists’ Books Conference

September 30–October 1, 2011

22-25 Jackson Avenue at 46th Avenue
Long Island City, NY

The Contemporary Artists’ Books Conference is a dynamic, two-day event focused on emerging practices and debates within art-book culture. For the first time, the Conference will be free and open to the public.


Six ninety-minute panel sessions will be held, covering such topics as the state of artists’ books criticism, new pedagogical approaches and audiences, artists’ books in Latin America, and samizdat as a model for radical distribution. This year’s keynote speaker is artist Tauba Auerbach, who will discuss artists’ books as a central part of her practice, including her recent oversized pop-up books.


The regular sessions will be followed on Friday, September 30, by an hour-long pecha kucha, or lightning round, in which invited guests will each present for five minutes, discussing one or more artists’ books, zines, or multiples; and on Saturday, October 1, by a reception and book launch for Adventures (see below), the new publication that benefits the conference.


The Conference is organized by the CABC Committee, a national group of art library professionals (listed below). Funding for the Conference is supported by generous donations from David Teiger and from Philip Aarons and Shelley Fox Aarons.


In conjunction with the Conference:


Adventures, a new publication to benefit the Conference


Bringing together language-based artworks, poetry, and image-text dialogues, Adventures will pay homage to assembling practices developed by mid-twentieth century artists’ periodicals. Adventures is edited by David Senior and will include contributions from Alejandro Cesarco, Eve Fowler, Dora Garcia, William E. Jones, MPA, Carl Pope, Scott Reeder, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, among many others. Artist and designer Aaron Flint Jamison coordinated production of the edition at YU, Portland, OR. Sales will support the Contemporary Artists’ Books Conference, which for the first time will offer free admission to all visitors. For more information, call (212) 925-0325 or write [email protected].


Loose Leaf: Publications as Assemblage, related exhibtion


Semina, the art and literary journal published by artist Wallace Berman from 1955–1964, will be proudly featured alongside a number of other assembled magazines from the 1960–70s as part of “Loose Leaf.” This special exhibition will examine an era during which the composition of printed matter was performed, transmitted, and scrambled, generating new possibilities for published artworks. “Loose Leaf” is organized by David Senior, Museum of Modern Art Library.


Kate Adler
AA Bronson, NY Art Book Fair
Stephen Bury, Frick Art Reference Library
Matthew Carson, International Center for Photography Library
Deirdre Donohue, International Center for Photography Library
Ryan Evans, Museum of Modern Art Library
Ryan Haley, New York Public Library
Milan Hughston, Museum of Modern Art Library
Deirdre Lawrence, Brooklyn Museum Library
James Mitchell
Rachael Morrison, Museum of Modern Art Library
Faith Pleasanton
Sara Rubinow, Pratt Institute
Lori Salmon, Museum of Modern Art Library
David Senior, Museum of Modern Art Library
Jennifer Tobias, Museum of Modern Art Library
Tony White, Indiana University Library


About the NY Art Book Fair


Printed Matter, Inc. presents the sixth annual NY Art Book Fair, from September 30 to October 2, 2011, at MoMA PS1, Long Island City, Queens. A preview will be held on the evening of Thursday, September 29th. Free and open to the public, and featuring more than 200 exhibitors, the NY Art Book Fair is the world’s premier event for artists’ books, contemporary art catalogs and monographs, art periodicals, and artist zines. Exhibitors include international presses, booksellers, antiquarian dealers, artists and independent publishers from twenty-one countries.




Preview: Thursday, September 29, 6 pm–9 pm
Friday, September 30, 11 am–7 pm
Saturday, October 1, 11 am–7 pm
Sunday, October 2, 11 am–7 pm


Printed Matter, Inc.


Printed Matter, Inc. is an independent 501(c)3 non-profit 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 National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, The Morris B. and Edith S. Cartin Family Foundation, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, The ERSTE Foundation, Furthermore: a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund, The Gesso Foundation, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the Schoenstadt Family Foundation, Shapco Printing, Inc., the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and individuals worldwide.




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