Conference

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.
CABC COMMITTEE AA Bronson Stephen Bury, Frick Art Reference Library Matthew Carson, International Center for Photography Library Deirdre Donohue, International Center for Photography 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 Lindsey Reynolds, Whitney Museum of American Art Library Sara Rubinow, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum Lori Salmon, Museum of Modern Art Library David Senior, Museum of Modern Art Library Susan E. Thomas, Long Island University Brooklyn Library Jennifer Tobias, Museum of Modern Art Library Tony White, Maryland Institute College of Art   New book to benefit the Contemporary Artists’ Books Conference Each year the Contemporary Artists’ Books Conference commissions a new artists’ book as part of its program. Previously commissioned artists include Dexter Sinister, David Horvitz, Triin Tamm, and Emily Roysdon, and Adventures, produced by Aaron Flint Jamison. This year, Los Angeles-based artist Eve Fowler will create a new book, Anyone Telling Anything is Telling That Thing, documenting Fowler’s public art project that uses posters incorporating the text of Gertrude Stein’s Tender Buttons. The book includes an essay by Litia Perta and Corrine Fitzpatrick and is designed by Lauren Mackler of Public Fiction and produced by Conveyor Arts. Sales of the book will help to support free admission to the Contemporary Artists’ Books Conference for all visitors.   Very special thanks to Conveyor Arts for donating their labor and materials for the production of the edition.   For more information, call (212) 925-0325 or write shannon@printedmatter.org.  

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.  
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2013   12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Fluid Dynamics: Pedagogy in the Expanded Field 
 
This year’s session on pedagogy features three educators whose methodology involves taking on the increasingly fluid roles of maker, teacher, librarian, curator, and/or critic. Panelists: Trinie Dalton, artist, teacher, curator, SVA; Jen Bervin, MFA Program in Writing, Vermont College of Fine Arts; and Munro Galloway, artist, Yale University. Moderator: Jennifer Tobias, MoMA Library.   2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. The Book Is No Image Artists today are generating new ways in which their photographic books propose ideas and also create nuanced and symbiotic relationships to the display and exhibition of their visual works. Publisher Roger Willems will discuss the understated and exceptional books he has produced in collaboration with various artists at ROMA publications, and artists Moyra Davey and John Neff will share their deeply considered approaches to developing book projects in conversation with exhibition ideas. Moderated by artist Pradeep Dalal. Organized by Matthew Carson.   4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. “Comics as a medium for self expression? Oh John, you’re such a fool!”: Contemporary Experimental Comics and/as Artists’ Books Comics and graphic novels have become increasingly visually sophisticated in the past few decades, to the point that we may ask: Are these artists’ books? We probably won’t answer that, but three distinguished panelists will survey the state of the art and discuss current avant-garde strategies and issues. Speakers include Gabe Fowler of Brooklyn’s Desert Island, Andrei Molotiu, editor of Abstract Comics: The Anthology, and artist David Sandlin. Moderated by James Mitchell.   6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Keynote: Warren Lehrer Writer/book artist/performer Warren Lehrer will discuss his book works, from his classics of typographic and design experimentation French Fries, I Mean You Know, to Crossing the BLVD, and present a multimedia performance/reading of his latest A Life In Books: The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley—an illuminated novel that contains 101 books within it, all written by a controversial author who finds himself in prison looking back on his life and career. In this funny, thought provoking performance, Lehrer presents an overview of Bleu Mobley’s life in books via many of Mobley’s cover designs, book-like objects, and other biographical materials. The resulting retrospective explores the creative process of a writer/artist obsessed with books, as it reflects upon a half century of American/global events, and grapples with the future of the book as a medium, and the lines that separate and blur truth, myth, and fiction. Reserve seats…   Please join us for a short closing reception after the keynote. Refreshments will be served.

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.  

   SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2013 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Fluid Dynamics: Pedagogy in the Expanded Field Trinie Dalton is an artist and curator, and teaches at SVA.   Jen Bervin, teaches in the MFA Program in Writing at Vermont College of Fine Arts.   Munro Galloway, artist, teaches at Yale University.   Moderator Jennifer Tobias is the Reader Services Librarian at the Museum of Modern Art. She is a graduate of the City University of New York’s Art History program. Her doctoral dissertation concerned The Museum of Modern Art’s What is Modern? Series, 1938–1969.   2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. The Book Is No Image Roger Willems (b. 1969) studied graphic design in the Netherlands and was assistant of Karel Martens from 1993 till 1995. Lives and works as self-employed designer in Amsterdam. In 1998, together with artist Mark Manders, he started his own editorial project: Roma Publications. Since then, Roma Publications has been expanding in an informal way as a platform for production and distribution of publications, made in close collaboration with a growing number of artists, designers, photographers, curators, writers and poets.   Moyra Davey lives and works in New York City. She has produced three narrative videos: “Fifty Minutes,” “My Necropolis,” and most recently “Les Goddesses.” Currently she has a one-person exhibition at Tate Liverpool titled “Hangmen of England.” Her quietly influential books include: Copperheads, Speaker Receiver, Long Life, Cool White, and The Problem of Reading.   John Neff makes works of art, organizes exhibitions and publishes occasional writings. He lives and works in Chicago, where he recently presented a new body of photographs in a solo exhibition at the University of Chicago’s Renaissance Society. A digital catalogue of the complete series, with an essay by artist Doug Ischar, is available for direct download (50MB). An online archive of Neff’s past projects is available at JohnNeff.org.   Pradeep Dalal is an artist and writer based in New York. Recent exhibitions include: “Picturing Parallax: Photography and Video from the South Asian Diaspora” in San Francisco, “Exchanging Glances” at Chatterjee & Lal in Mumbai, and “Vision is Elastic. Thought is Elastic,” at Murray Guy in New York. His work is included in Blind Spot 43. He is on the faculty at the International Center of Photography and the Bard

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College MFA Program, and he also directs the Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program.   Matthew Carson is a Librarian and Archivist at the International Center of Photography in New York. He is also a co-founder of the 10×10 photobook organization. In 2013 he was a curator of the book component of the ICP Triennial: A Different Kind of Order. As a photography enthusiast and bibliomaniac he is the editor and a writer for the ICP library blog.   4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. “Comics as a Medium for Self Expression? Oh John, You’re Such a Fool!”: Contemporary Experimental Comics and/as Artists’ Books Gabe Fowler is the owner and proprietor of Desert Island in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. He also publishes Smoke Signal, a free quarterly comics newspaper.   Andrei Molotiu is an artist and art historian who not only produces his own abstract comics, but also compiled and edited the book Abstract Comics: The Anthology: 1967–2009 (Fantagraphics, 2009), and maintains a related blog. He was co-curator of the exhibition “Silent Pictures” at the James Art Gallery, CUNY Graduate Center, New York, in 2009. He is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of the History of Art, Indiana University. He received his PhD from NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts in 1999, with a dissertation on Fragonard’s Allegories of Love.   David Sandlin is a NY-based artist who produces comics, artists’ books, paintings, and prints. His book have included Land of 1,000 Beers (1988), Burning Ring of Fire (Nexus Press, 1992), An Alphabetical Ballad of Carnality (Fantagraphics, 2000), and Ghosts of History Past (self-published, 2009). He teaches at SVA, and in 2010-11 was a fellow in NYPL’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, where he worked on a new graphic novel, Belfaust, the culmination of his eight-volume artist’s book series, A Sinner’s Progress.   6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Keynote: Warren Lehrer is a writer and artist/designer known internationally as a pioneer in the fields of visual literature and design authorship. His books include: A Life In Books: The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley (Goff Books, 2013), Crossing the BLVD: Strangers, Neighbors, Aliens in a New America (W.W. Norton, 2003) with Judith Sloan, The Portrait Series: A Quartet of Men (four book series, Bay Press); GRRRHHHHH: A Study of Social Patterns (Center for Editions, 1988) with Sandra Brownlee and Dennis Bernstein; French Fries with Dennis Bernstein (Visual Studies Workshop, 1984); i mean you know (VSW, 1983), and Versations (EarSay, 1980).   He has received numerous awards for his books and projects, including the 2004 Brendan Gill Prize, three AIGA Book awards, two Type Director’s Club awards, and The International Book Design Award. His work has been exhibited widely and is in many collections including MoMA, LACMA, the Getty Museum, Georges Pompidou Centre, and Tate Gallery. The “Crossing the BLVD” exhibition (co-produced with Judith Sloan) has travelled to fifteen sites across the U.S. Lehrer is also a performer and playwright. He co-produces public radio documentaries and audio works with his wife Judith Sloan. He is a professor at the School of Art+Design at Purchase College, SUNY, and a founding faculty member of the Designer As Author graduate program at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. He received his BA from Queens College, CUNY, and an MFA from Yale University. Together with Judith Sloan, Lehrer founded EarSay, in 1999.