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.
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.
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.
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.