The sixth annual Contemporary Artists’ Books Conference presents two full days of lively debate on emerging practices and issues within art-book culture. This year’s conference will feature keynote addresses by noted critic Clive Phillpot and artist Warren Lehrer, as well as sessions covering a broad array of topics, including: Design Authors and Auteurs: Designers' Books and Publications, with Brian Roettinger, Lauren Mackler, Tanya Rubbak, and Adam Michaels; Text Engines, on the use of rule-based strategies to generate or reprocess text, with Craig Dworkin, Rob Fitterman, and Joey Yearous-Algozin; Experimental Comics, with Gabe Fowler, Andrei Molotiu, and David Sandlin; Furthering the Critical Dialogue, with Jennifer Krivickas, Philip Zimmermann, and Jon Evans discussing Michael Snow’s Cover to Cover; The Book Is No Image, moderated by artist Pradeep Dalal, on innovative ways to manage the relationships between photobooks and the exhibition of photographic works; and a session on pedagogy featuring educators whose methodology involves taking on the increasingly fluid roles of maker, teacher, librarian, curator, and/or critic.

All sessions are free but space is limited. General admission is first-come-first-seated. Guarantee your reserved seat for each keynote address with the purchase of a $30 advanced ticket, available on Printed Matter's website here: Clive Phillpot (Thursday, Sept. 19) and Warren Lehrer (Saturday, Sept. 21).

The Conference is organized by the CABC Committee, a national group of art library professionals. Funding for the Conference is supported by generous donations from Phil Aarons, Peter Norton, and David Teiger. Additional support has been provided by the Art Libraries Society of New York. Special travel funding for Clive Phillpot has been provided by the British Council.

 
CONFERENCE SESSIONS

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2013
7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Keynote: Clive Phillpot & Christophe Cherix: A Conversation with Pictures. A 40 year trek through 50 years of artist books.

As the long-serving Director of the Library at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Clive Phillpot was a central figure in mapping out the field of artists' books from an institutional point of view. Collaborating with Printed Matter, Franklin Furnace, and other like-minded organizations dedicated to the medium of the book, Phillpot built one of the most important repositories of artists’ books, while his critical writings helped raise awareness and provided the the credentials for them to enter museum collections. Many of Phillpot’s classic texts have now been conveniently compiled in the long-awaited volume Booktrek: Selected Essays on Artist’s Books Since 1972 (JRP|Ringier, 2013). Clive will engage in a dialogue with Christophe Cherix, MoMA's Chief Curator of Drawings and Prints, who contributed an introduction to the book. Reserve seats...

Please join us for a short reception after the keynote. Refreshments will be served.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2013

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Furthering the Critical Dialogue

This session will focus on the state of criticism in relation to artists' books, an ongoing area of investigation from previous years. Exemplifying diverse approaches to the practice of criticism, participants will discuss and evaluate the same book by an artist, rather than speculate on the state of criticism per se. This year the panel will discuss Cover to Cover by Michael Snow.
Panelists: Jennifer H. Krivickas, University of Cincinnati; Philip Zimmermann, University of Arizona; Jon Evans, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Moderator: Tony White, Maryland Institute College of Art.

2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Text Engines

With origins in Dada poetry, OULIPO (The Workshop of Potential Literature) and conceptual art (e.g. Dan Graham’s Schema), writers and artists have explored the generation of writing through the use of text engines — ‘machines’ which generate new text or reprocess existing text into new text through the application of a series of rules or algorithms. Related projects include Kenny Goldsmith’s ‘uncreative writing’ and the work of the collective, ‘Information as Material.’
Panelists: Craig Dworkin, University of Utah; Robert Fitterman, New York University and Bard College; and Joey Yearous-Algozin. Moderator: Stephen Bury, Frick Art Reference Library.

4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Design Authors and Auteurs: Designers' Books and Publications

Contemporary designers often produce their own books and publications, and they collaborate with other creatives. Design Authorship is an ongoing subject of study and discussion. Where do designers' books fit in relation to artists' books and publications? In this session designers Lauren Mackler, Adam Michaels, Brian Roettinger, and Tanya Rubbak will discuss their various roles as designer, author, artist, editor, and publisher. Organized by Susan Thomas, Librarian, Long Island University Brooklyn.
 
CONFERENCE PRESENTERS

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2013
7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Keynote: Clive Phillpot
is a writer, curator and former art librarian. He is well known for collecting, exhibiting, and writing about artists’ books. His most recent publications include Booktrek: Selected Essays on Artists’ Books from JRP/Ringer, and Nobody Nose from Boekie Woekie. You may also have seen him in the Ray Johnson documentary How to Draw a Bunny.

Christophe Cherix is the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Chief Curator of Prints and Illustrated Books at the Museum of Modern Art.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2013
12:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Furthering the Critical Dialogue
Philip Zimmermann
is an artist and teacher. He is a professor at the School of Art at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Mr. Zimmermann studied architecture and fine arts at Cornell University where he received a BFA in 1973. He earned his MFA in Photographic Studies at the The Visual Studies Workshop/SUNY Buffalo in Rochester NY in 1980. Although working in various media, his preferred form is the photo bookwork. He publishes his own and others’ work under the Spaceheater Editions imprint. He has received a National Endowment of the Arts Individual Fellowship and two New York Foundation of the Arts Fellowships among other awards.

Jennifer Krivickas is the Head of the Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning Library at the University of Cincinnati, has an MSLIS from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and an ALB from Harvard University. She is a regular art book reviewer for Library Journal, and has published reviews, chapters, and articles in The VRA Bulletin, Art Documentation, ArtsGuide (ACRL), Magazines for Libraries, and Art Libraries Journal. She curates exhibitions at the DAAP Library, and has presented and moderated panels at IFLA, ARLIS/NA, and ARLIS/OV. Jennifer is the curator of the DAAP Library Special Collection, a collection with 20th-century avant-garde artist publications at its core, and is currently researching an exhibition and corresponding publication entitled, Rediscovering Ruscha.

Jon Evans is Director of the Hirsch Library at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, where he has spent the last 22 years as a librarian, book buyer, and bookseller. He earned a B.A. in Fine Arts from St. Lawrence University in 1990 and acquired his Masters of Library Science from the University of North Texas in 2000. He has engaged in consulting work for other arts institutions, including the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, Texas. He has curated ten book exhibitions at his institution. Mr. Evans has been actively involved in the Art Libraries Society of North America, recently ending his tenure as President in 2012.

Moderator: Tony White is the Director of the Decker Library at the Maryland Institute College of Art. He has an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MLS from Indiana University, Bloomington. He is the Field Editor for Artists’ Books and Books for Artists, the College Art Association online reviews journal, and has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Artist’s Books. He has curated exhibitions at the Center for Book Arts in Manhattan, Yale University’s Sterling Library, Columbia College’s Center for Book and Paper Arts, and the Museum of Printing History, among others. He is a founding board member of the College Book Art Association.

2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Text Engines
Craig Dworkin
is a Professor of English at the University of Utah. He is the editor of the online archive of radical small presses Eclipse and on the editorial board of Information as Material. He is the author of Dure (2004), Strand (2005), and Parse (2008). Non-fiction publications include Language to Cover a Page (2006), Against Expression (2011), and No Medium (2013).

Robert Fitterman teaches writing and poetry at New York University and at Bard College. He is the author of Rob the Plagiarist (2009) and now we are friends (2011), and with Vanessa Place co-authored Notes on Conceptualisms (2009).

Joey Yearous-Algozin is a PhD candidate in the SUNY-Buffalo Poetics Program, where he is exploring unreadability and exhaustion. He is part of the publishing collective, TROLL THREAD. He is the author of The Lazarus Project (2013) and Poor (2012). He co-edits P-Queue, a journal of contemporary aesthetics and poetics.

Moderator: Stephen Bury is the Andrew W. Mellon Chief Librarian at the Frick Art Reference Library. He has published Artists' Books (1995), Artists' Multiples (2001) and Breaking the Rules (2007).

4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Design Authors and Auteurs: Designers' Books and Publications
Lauren Mackler
is a French/American curator, editor & graphic designer based in Los Angeles. In 2010, she founded the Museum of Public Fiction as a forum to stage exhibitions and performances by contemporary artists in LA. A year later she launched Public Fiction a quarterly journal with the same mission in print. She has organized exhibitions in Milan, Turin, Paris, New York, Tokyo, and Los Angeles, in sites ranging from the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles to the Church of the Holy Shroud in Turin.

Adam Michaels is the co-founder of Project Projects, a New York based design studio producing commissioned work and independent publishing and curatorial projects. He is also the series editor and designer of Inventory Books, an imprint published by Princeton Architectural Press.

Brian Roettinger is a Los Angeles-based artist and graphic designer. His studio founded in 2002 is called Hand Held Heart. The majority of his work is in the form of printed media for cultural institutions, galleries, artists, and architects. Roettinger's work can be defined as hi-tech, low-tech, and no-tech. He has worked collaboratively on album packaging with LA based band No Age and recently art directed Jay Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail album and campaign and co-curated the exhibition In the Good Name of the Company: Artwork and ephemera produced by or in tandem with the Colby Poster Printing Company and designed the publication of the same name. His work has been exhibited at Colette in Paris, Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Moravian Gallery, Brno, Czech Republic, and at the now defunct Hope Gallery in Los Angeles. Other recent books include Collage Culture (JRP/Ringier), Engagement Party: Social Practice at MOCA 2008–12 (MOCA), and Made UP: Design's Fictions (JRP/Ringier).

Tanya Rubbak is an artist and graphic designer based in Los Angeles. She makes publications, exhibitions and other printed and digital matter that lives in the intervening spaces between design, performance, and authorship. Co-director of Native Strategies (with Brian Getnick) and a Senior Lecturer at Otis School of Art and Design, Tanya has presented projects at Pomona College Museum of Art, Hammer Museum, LACE, Human Resources, ForYourArt, Fellows of Contemporary Art, Concord, and Public Fiction. She holds an MFA from CalArts (2007) in Graphic Design and a BA from University of Pennsylvania (1997) in English literature.

Susan E. Thomas currently works as a librarian at LIU Brooklyn and has also worked at CUNY and Pratt Institute. She has published articles in Art Documentation about art and design zines and periodicals and has a forthcoming article about contemporary artists' recordworks. She was a speaker at CABC in 2009 and 2010 and at ARLIS/NA Toronto in 2012. She is also finishing a poetry collection, Camellia Vs. Azalia.