Now in its seventh year, this curated series of informal conversations, workshops, readings and other artist-led programs is also an informal venue for artists, writers and publishers to feature new releases and present their publications. The Classroom is organized by David Senior, Museum of Modern Art Library.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18
Blueprint for Counter Education with Jeffrey Schnapp, metaLAB (at) Harvard.
One of the defining radical pedagogical and graphic experiments of the late 1960s, Blueprint was a boxed set made up of a “shooting script” in the form of a paperback book by Maurice Stein and Larry Miller and three large posters devised as the walls of a do-it-yourself, alternative classroom: a portable educational environment that would instantiate a personalized, socially engaged model of learning. This conversation will examine the genesis of Blueprint, the nature of the visual turn that it enacts, and focus in particular upon two outcomes: its adoption as a model for the Critical Studies program at CalArts, where Stein was appointed as the founding dean; and its display within the setting of the Information exhibition at MoMA in the fall of 1970. The session coincides with Arthur Fournier’s NYABF project in the Boiler Room at PS1, A Construction from the Blueprint for Counter Education, featuring an installation of the iconic posters alongside rare publications and printed texts drawn from Stein and Miller’s “shooting script.”
Marking the Dispossessed by Danielle Aubert with performance by Mobius Percussion
Marking the Dispossessed is a compilation of marks, comments, and underlines made by readers in over one hundred used copies of The Dispossessed. For its release, excerpts will be read and performed as a score for percussion quartet. Ursula K. Le Guin’s 1974 novel, The Dispossessed, is a classic work of anarchist science fiction. Presented by Passenger Books.
Good 70s by Mike Mandel, with Sharon Helgason-Gallagher & Jason Fulford
Mike Mandel is best known for his Baseball-Photographer Trading Cards as well as collaborations with Larry Sultan. Mandel employs conceptual structures and social commentary underneath a playful presentation. For the Trading Cards (1974), Mandel shot 134 photographers and curators posed as ball players and printed cards, complete with “stats” such as height, weight, home, favorite camera and a personal statement. The Good 70s is a box of facsimiles of Mandel’s original publications, long out of print, including the cards, photographic artist’s books and previously unpublished work and ephemera. Mandel will be introduced by Sharon Helgason Gallagher and present a never-before-seen 8mm film from the 1970s. A talk with Jason Fulford follows. Presented by ARTBOOK and J&L Books.
Bottom of the Lake by Christian Patterson
Christian Patterson will present a slideshow and interactive telephone pieces related to his latest book, Bottom of the Lake — an artist book contained within a 256-page facsimile of the artist’s family’s telephone book for his hometown of Fond du Lac (“Bottom of the Lake”), printed in 1973, soon after his birth. The experience of the book is extended beyond its pages by an interactive telephone object and a stand-alone telephone number attached to the book. Each functions as a portal that connects callers with the Bottom of the Lake through over 100 field audio recordings, found archival audio and performances that re-imagine and re-create the artist’s hometown.
Printing Book Covers On Our Dinner Table with Felipe Mujica and Johanna Unzueta
Chilean born and New York based artists Felipe Mujica and Johanna Unzueta discuss their home-based publishing project that has no name and follows a model of affectionate economy. With a main focus on contemporary art, their books have also dealt with subjects such as music, collaboration, education, poetry and experimental architecture. Except for occasional launch events the distribution is done entirely hand to hand, giving books away for free, one at a time. Each book its own research project, sometimes related to an exhibition, sometimes not. This has become an exchange system, a way to create and share knowledge.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19
12:00 – 1:00pm
Gay Semiotics, by Hal Fischer, in conversation with Tina Kukielski
Hal Fischer and independent curator Tina Kukielski discuss Fischer’s landmark project, ‘Gay Semiotics.’ First exhibited in 1977, “Gay Semiotics,” present the codes of sexual orientation and identification Fischer saw in San Francisco’s Castro and Haight Ashbury districts, ranging from such sexual signifiers as handkerchiefs and keys, to depictions of the gay fashion ‘types’ of that era—from ‘basic gay’ to ‘hippie’ and ‘jock.’ Fischer’s book of that same year, “Gay Semiotics: A Photographic Study of Visual Coding Among Homosexual Men,” reconfigured the 24 text-embedded images into a book format. It also included a critical essay by Fischer (an essay marked by the same wry, anthropological tone found in his image/text configurations). One of the most important publications associated with California conceptual photography in the 1970s, Fischer’s book circulated widely, finding a worldwide audience in both the gay and conceptual art communities. In 2014, Fischer released a new portfolio of the 24 photographic prints in “Gay Semiotics;” for the 2015 New York Art Book Fair, he has produced a 2nd edition of his landmark book. Presented by Cherry and Martin.
untitled anonymous by Vince Aletti and Andrew Roth
To coincide with the launch of a limited edition from PPP Editions, Andrew Roth hosts a talk between author and critic Vince Aletti, and artist Leigh Ledare discussing ideas of authorship and sexuality. untitled anonymous reproduces two sequences of images and an essay by Aletti. The first sequence consists of photographs culled from Aletti’s collection of found snapshots of men, dating from the 1950s to the present. The second suite of images is selected from the archive of an unidentified photographer who shot over 300 street-photographs in the vicinity of Times Square in the mid-to-late ‘60s, focusing primarily on male street hustlers. Aletti has written a personal text reflecting on his memories of that time and location, and conjecturing on the photographer’s identity and motivations. Presented by PPP Editions in association with Andrew Roth.
New Lovers reading with Al Bedell, Lex Brown and Cara Benedetto
To debut our fall trilogy of the New Lovers erotica series, Badlands Unlimited is pleased to present a reading with its authors, Al Bedell, Lex Brown, and Cara Benedetto. At once, futuristic, reflective, and darkly funny, our fall New Lovers take the series in new, dynamic directions proving erotica can really happen anytime, anyplace. We will also be having a book signing following the reading.
A Manual Presentation – Solution 263: Double Agent
The phenomenal performative relationship between the state and its cultural institutions was exemplified when the declaration of the State of Israel was staged at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art in 1948. This relationship has been at the heart of Public Movement research. In her capacity as Director of Strategy and Protocol, Alhena Katsof will focus on the agent as a key player in the transmission of information. Katsof will present the book, Solution 263: Double Agent, which she co-authored with Dana Yahalomi, Director of Public Movement and will be joined by contributor, Jill Magid. The manual is published by Sternberg Press as part of Solution Series edited by Ingo Neirmann. Presented by Public Movement and Sternberg Press.
Analog/Archive with Tammy Rae Carland
Building off of her recent donation of her vast collection of Queer/Feminist/Riot Grrrl zines to the Fales Collection/Zine Archive and new book published this year by Land and Sea, Bay Area Artist Tammy Rae Carland presents a facilitated discussion and brief presentations with artists and archivists who collaborate on creative research with personal and community archives. Various artists and archivists/librarians who work with analog ephemera will present projects and participate in a conversation on the impulse to archive and to mine the archive with an emphasis on the engagement with marginalized histories. Presented by Land and Sea.
Poster Tribune Issue 5 launch
Posters are artistic creations, communication tools and witnesses to social, commercial and artistic trends from specific periods. Poster Tribune examines these graphic artworks, promotes contemporary graphic design and reports on the medium’s history. Each issue of the newspaper also includes 3 large format poster reprints. The fifth issue is dedicated to New York and its graphic design scene from the 1960s to the present. It covers work from the iconic Push Pin studios and the fresh and talented 2015 graduates of Yale University now moving to the city. For the launch of issue 5, graphic designers Julian Bittiner, Benjamin Critton and Ryan Waller (Other Means) join in a panel discussion.
Statement and Counter-Statement: Notes on Experimental Jetset
Published by Roma, and featuring contributions by Linda van Deursen, Mark Owens, Ian Svenonius and Jon Sueda, ‘Statement and Counter-Statement’ is the very first publication on the work of Experimental Jetset, covering almost two decades of graphic design. During NYABF 2015, Experimental Jetset will give a loose presentation about this publication, followed by a short Q&A session. Presented by Roma Publications.
ADJUNCT COMMUTER WEEKLY
Celebrate the premier issue of a lifestyle magazine devoted to the interests of a growing and increasingly influential demographic. Editor Dushko Petrovich and various ADJUNCT COMMUTER WEEKLY contributors will be on hand to read from the magazine and converse with the audience.
Reading from Notes from the History of Ed-
Printed Matter launches their new publication Notes from the History of Ed- by Anne Callahan, the final book in the Emerging Artists Publication Series. The book provides an historico-exemplary account of EDITING and/or THE EDITOR as a profession, activity and term. What happened (is happening) to the editor? (that sensitive visionary literary-journalistic figure of the last century). And, come to think of it, Where did the editor come from? This book traces the act of EDITING from Liu Xiang to Miranda Priestly with found texts and other visual forms. Performative readings by Anne Callahan and others.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
About Trees by Katie Holten
About Trees is an artist’s book by Katie Holten and the first in Broken Dimanche Press’s series Parapoetics: a Literature beyond the Human. Recognizing a crisis of representation as our species adapts to life in the Anthropocene, About Trees considers our relationship with language, landscape, and perception. For the book Holten created a Tree Alphabet and made a new typeface called Trees. To celebrate the book release the artist will be in conversation with some of the contributors including Will Corwin, Prem Krishnamurthy, Rachel Sussman, and Aengus Woods. Presented by Broken Dimanche Press.
Paginated Exhibitions with Charles Stankievech, K. Verlag & Regine Ehleiter
A conversation between co-Director of K. Verlag Charles Stankievech and art historian Regine Ehleiter about the contemporary phenomena of publishing as a platform for exhibition making. Case studies produced by K. Verlag, as found in books, events and exhibitions, are contextualized within the historical arc of publishing and the curatorial.
Dust: The plates of present, February 2013 – July 2015, Book Launch and Round Table
Artists Thomas Fougeirol and Jo-ey Tang, founders of The plates of the present, an artist-run darkroom residency in Paris, and Blonde Art Books’ founder Sonel Breslav will lead a round table discussion alongside various residents of the ongoing project, and contributors to its first comprehensive publication. The residency is one that spans beyond the production of the eight photograms that become part of the archive of The plates of the present. Artists, writers, and curators are invited to participate in a process that traverses the history of photographic processes… together. The on-going proposition that Thomas and Jo-ey present embraces both the unpredictable, poetic, and performative nature of this form of image making, as well a surprising affirmation in collective practice. Presented by Blonde Art Books and Secretary Press.
Beyond the Food Chain and the Fabulous: A Taxonomy of Interspecies Animal Friendships by Nikki Columbus
Brussels-based publishing project Mémoire Universelle is pleased to present an illustrated lecture by Nikki Columbus, a writer and US Senior Editor of Parkett. Investigating the widespread fascination with animal odd couples and their abundant online imagery, Columbus considers the philosophical implications of unbelievable cuteness.
The complete Boabooks artists’ notepad by Izet Sheshivari
A prologue explains the principles of Boabooks artists’ notepad publications; each content page is preceded and followed by a blank page. All the blank pages were removed in a fresh reprint: 1216 pages left. Izet Sheshivari will present this fifth book in the paperback series fink twice, conceived in collaboration with Georg Rutishauser. The reprint and the complete original artist’s notepads include Derek Sullivan, Raphaël Julliard, Aurélien Mole, Fabienne Radi, Frédéric Post, Christine Würmell, Léopold Banchini, Laurent Kropf, Susanne Bürner, Yann L. Popper, Isabelle Cornaro, Tatiana Rihs, Jérémie Gindre, Christian Robert-Tissot, Pierre-Olivier Arnaud, Zhang Xiao, Christophe Rey, Carola Bonfili, Anne Minazio, Samuel Ostermann, Nicolas Giraud, Olivier Mosset, Stéphane Le Mercier, Lance Wakeling and Eric Watier. Presented by Boabooks and Edition Fink.
The Future of First Rate Second Hand: A Retrospective Evaluation with Sophy Naess, Carmelle Safdie, and special guest Mary Walling Blackburn
Since 2006, Sophy Naess and Carmelle Safdie have mined local thrift stores and the internet in order to picture themselves in a variety of dislocated seasonal scenarios they anticipate in the coming year. This is the stuff of First Rate Second Hand, an annual photo collage wall calendar featuring 12 months’ worth of bizarre satire.
In celebration of the calendar’s 10th anniversary, the artists will conduct a retrospective evaluation of the project, inviting the Classroom audience to participate in a focus group about bringing First Rate Second Hand into its next decade. The hour will begin with a short presentation of the project’s trajectory, as well as examples of other women who use their bodies in performance photography to various ends. In the ensuing discussion, moderated by artist Mary Walling Blackburn, Naess and Safdie will open questions to the audience about the calendar’s modes of address and the potentials of an annual durational project that traces two womens’ bodies moving through a world of second hand goods and appropriated imagery.
Messages to the Future People
Futurepoem’s Messages to the Future project solicited off-the-cuff missives for “the future people” from a diverse group of artists and writers, who each mailed back their responses on 4×6 standard-sized notecards. For the release of a facsimile edition of these responses, project curators Dan Machlin, Mónica de la Torre and Jeremy Sigler (along with several artist participants) will talk about the genesis of the idea of soliciting “instructions for the future” and highlight some of the more poignant project responses. Presented by Futurepoem books.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 – Sunday Classroom Sessions in the MoMA PS1 Basement Theatre
The NEW Century of Artists’ Books
Johanna Drucker’s The Century of Artists Books (Granary) was published in 1995, JAB: The Journal of Artists’ Books, edited by Brad Freeman, began publication a year earlier. Together these two crucial contributions to the field have continued to help frame the critical conversation about artists’ books. But in the twenty years since the initial publication of Century a new millennium has arrived along with considerable changes in publication practices, technologies, cultural politics, and institutional programs. If a publication were conceived to address this “new century” of artists’ books, what topics and themes would it contain? What developments and critical formulations would be essential and what points of continuity would remain in place? Johanna Drucker, Brad Freeman, joined by Tate Shaw, will present thoughts on this speculative project. In addition, a call for abstracts for contributions to this project will be placed in advance, and some of the results of this call will be assembled as a way to see how the broader community is thinking about these issues.
Love and Death in the Old South, with Daniel Fuller and Victoria Camblin
Following the exhibition, “Endless Road,” which examined the archive and legacy of Atlanta’s Nexus Press (May 1 – Jul 25, 2015), Atlanta Contemporary Art Center curator Daniel Fuller and Art Papers Editor and Artistic Director Victoria Camblin will explore how print pushed and changed the face of the arts in the capital of the southeast – and how the city in turn pushed print culture in ways that were, in the late 20th century, ahead of their time. This conversation chronicles and celebrates the legacies of two Georgia institutions.
STREETOPIA: artists respond to displacement
A panel presentation with book contributors: Erick Lyle, Streetopia curator, Sarah Schulman: novelist, playwright, Maya Taylor: Managing Director, Booklyn, Ivy Jeanne McClelland: artist and activist, UCB Healing Arts Collective, and Bill Daniel: artist.
After San Francisco’s new mayor announced imminent plans to “clean up” downtown with a new corporate “dot com corridor” and arts district, curators Erick Lyle, Chris Johanson, and Kal Spelletich brought over one hundred artists and activists together with local residents fearing displacement to consider Utopian aspirations and to plot alternate futures for the city. Opening in May 2012 at the Luggage Store Gallery, the resulting exhibition “Streetopia” was a massive anti-gentrification art fair that took place in venues throughout the city. For five weeks, Streetopia featured daily free talks, performances, and skillshares while operating a free community kitchen out of the gallery. The Streetopia book brings together all of the art and ephemera from the now-infamous show. On the occasion of its publication, artists and organizers discuss responses to displacement and gentrification via actions, artworks, and alternative fundraising methods. Presented by Booklyn.
SELF PUBLISH BE HAPPY: A DIY PHOTOBOOK MANUAL AND MANIFESTO
In 2010, Self Publish Be Happy was created to collect, study, and celebrate self-published photobooks through an ongoing program of workshops, live events, and on/offline projects. In 2015, the London-based organization celebrates its fifth anniversary with the publication of SELF PUBLISH BE HAPPY: A DIY PHOTOBOOK MANUAL AND MANIFESTO (Aperture, 2015). Founder Bruno Ceschel is joined by David Senior, bibliographer at the Museum of Modern Art Library and contributor to the book, to discuss the history and legacy of artists who self publish. Presented by Aperture.
A panel discussion about the artist’s life and work moderated by Laurie Simmons. Panelists include Grace Dunham, Johanna Fateman, Carlo McCormick and Matt Wolf. Jimmy DeSana (1949 – 1990) was a photographer working in the downtown art and music scene of New York in the ’70s & ’80s. His new book Suburban published by Aperture is out this fall with essays by Laurie Simmons and Elisabeth Sussman. Presented by Aperture and Salon 94.
The Art of Movement Building: Black Lives Matter
#BlackLivesMatter was created in 2012 after Trayvon Martin’s murderer, George Zimmerman, was acquitted for his crime, and dead 17-year old Trayvon was post-humously placed on trial for his own murder. Rooted in the experiences of Black people in this country who actively resist our de-humanization, #BlackLivesMatter is a call to action and a response to the virulent anti-Black racism that permeates our society. The art of movement building will discuss the use of art and graphics in the Black Lives Matter movement. blacklivesmatter.com
NON HUMAN ANIMAL PERSONS by Melanie Bonajo, in conversation with Terike Haapoja and Experimental Jetset
Can we send funny animals pictures to space for aliens to discover the Earths ecosystem? Our enormous access to animal pictures on the internet tramples our awareness that only humans possess self awareness, language, culture, land and customs. But when does a lion stop being a lion? This talk is about the future of animals in relation to education and preservation through information we receive about them via popular images on the Internet. How are typical Nature photography categories designed by the hands of science replaced by the images of amateurs who document the disappearing surroundings of wildlife by ever expanding urbanization? As a result, do we need complete revised scientific categories for these images? For 10 years, Melanie Bonajo collected over thousands of animal pictures online and she attempts to answer these questions. This publication is Number 1 of Bonajo’s publication series, Matrix Botanica, designed by Experimental Jetset and published by Capricious Publishing.
at the top of the steps in the Courtyard at MoMA PS1
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 Presented by Printed Matter
7:00 pm DROOID5$Z
8:00 pm Bookworms
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 Presented by Printed Matter
3:00 pm Donald Cummings
3:30 pm Lizard Kisses
4:00 pm Mountains
5:00 pm Sontag Shogun
6:00 pm Tamaryn (DJ Set)
Donald Cummings is an American musician known for being the front man of the rock band The Virgins. Cummings will play a short acoustic set.
Lizard Kisses is a music & art project created by Cory Siegler and Marc Merza as a platform to collaborate with friends and artists.
Mountains are a drone band, originally from Chicago but now based in New York. Formed by school friends Brendon Anderegg and Koen Holtkamp, the band’s first two albums appeared on their own label, Apestaartje, with subsequent releases being made on the Thrill Jockey label.
Sontag Shogun is a collaborative trio that makes use of analog sound treatments and nostalgic solo piano compositions in harmony to depict abstract places in our memory. Ian Temple (piano), Jeremy Young (tapes, oscillators, piezo mics), Jesse Perlstein (laptop, field recordings) will be joined by a string quartet for a special performance at the NY Art Book Fair.
Tamaryn’s recent album Cranekiss (Mexican Summer) was described by Pitchfork as ‘a beautiful, heavily textured, highly sensual record, heady sugar on the tongue.’ Tamaryn presents a DJ set to close out Friday’s stage
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 Presented by KNOW-WAVE
3:00 pm Georgia
4:00 pm Kirtan Chant
5:00 pm adi jam
6:00 pm adi jam
7:00 pm Nathan Harrington
8:00 pm Blazer Sound System
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 Presented by KNOW-WAVE
3:00 pm Princess Nokia
4:00 pm Princess Nokia
5:00 pm Onyx Collective & Princess Nokia
6:00 pm Onyx Collective
Printed Matter, Inc. proudly presents an exhibition of zines and ephemera by popular artist-trio Paper Rad, curated by Paul Bright, in celebration of the release of PPP – The Zines of Paper Rad. Although perhaps best known for their influential website paperrad.org, the three-member, New England-based collective also produced hundreds of handmade books, stencils and posters throughout their 10+ years working together. Delema Books and Bright Lyons will exhibit a selection of Zines, clothing and other printed ephemera created by Paper Rad between 1997 and 2009, most of which has not been seen publicly until now. The collection, assembled by Paul Bright over a ten-year period, represents the largest private collection of Paper Rad’s work.
Andrew Roth will exhibit a complete run of rare, limited edition artist’s books by the Belgian poet/conceptual artist Marcel Broodthaers (1924-1976). Beginning with Pense-Bête (1963) and ending with his posthumously published La Conquête de l’Espace. Atlas à l’usage des artistes et des militaires (1976), Broodthaers treats the book as art, manifesting some of his most radical work within its covers. Referencing Magritte and the poets Baudelaire and Mallarmé, these book-objects effortlessly connect the past with the contemporary.
Arthur Fournier activates Maurice R. Stein and Larry Miller‘s iconic work of radical pedagogy with a full-scale deployment of Marshall Henrichs‘ iconic Charts presented alongside rare books, magazines, ephemera and artifacts sourced from the Blueprint for Counter Education‘s provocative bibliography. Visitors to the Boiler Room are invited to engage with the installation as they see fit — perhaps taking a cue from the 101 Learning Aids for the Charts in the Style of Tuli Kupferberg by Don Krohn — in an environment staged to resemble the off-campus living quarters of a socially conscious humanities graduate student, ca. 1970. Equal parts immersive theater, discursive game, and tribute to the original Blueprint, Fournier presents the Construction as a point of departure for new pedagogical experiments relevant to the challenges of knowledge production in the late-capitalist era, particularly given the corporate mediation of selfhood via our collective participation in online social networks.
Cherry and Martin presents Hal Fischer’s Gay Semiotics (1977/2014), one of the first works to bring the language of structuralism and linguistics into the photo world. It presents the codes of sexual orientation and identification Fischer saw in San Francisco’s Castro and Haight Ashbury districts as a tongue-in-cheek anthropological essay. Nearly four decades later, Gay Semiotics remains a proactive statement from a voice within the gay community. It is a window onto a unique moment in history – the years just after Watergate and before the political assassinations of Harvey Milk and George Moscone; the trauma of Jonestown; the ascendancy of California’s former governor, Ronald Reagan, to the height of American politics; and the devastation wrought by AIDS. Cherry and Martin’s presentation will include a reissue of Fischer’s landmark portfolio, never-before-seen ephemera and a new edition of Fischer’s book, Gay Semiotics: a photographic study of visual coding among homosexual men (NFS Press, 1977), for sale in the booth, which Fischer will be on hand to sign.
Marcel Dzama, in collaboration with David Zwirner Books, will stage a multi-day exhibition of works and performances. The presentation will include the artist’s video works, collages, prints, books, costumes, and a brand new zine! On the evening of Thursday, September 17, a live dance performance will reenact choreography from Dzama’s video Death Disco Dance, followed by live music performances of the soundtrack from his latest film Une danse des bouffons (or A jester’s dance) on Friday, September 18. The event will culminate with a book signing with the artist on Saturday, September 19.
Études Books presents American artists Daniel Turner and Colin Snapp in a special installation at the fair, alongside the release of their two new books: Marjorie by Daniel Turner and ID by Colin Snapp.
James Cummins Bookseller presents The Archive of Paul Williams, a key archive in the history of American counter culture.
Paul Williams (1948-2013), founded Crawdaddy! in 1966 and launched rock ‘n’ roll journalism. He wrote extensively on Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Lou Reed, and many other musicians. In 1975, his Rolling Stone profile of Philip K. Dick propelled PKD into the national consciousness, and as Dick’s literary executor Williams he launched the writer’s astounding posthumous career. Williams’ books included Hippie memoirs Time Between and Apple Bay, and the best-selling book of practical philosophy, Das Energi.
KARMA will launch CHRON, a 500 page publication that collects over 300 collages and works on paper from a decade of Sterling Ruby’s practice. In conjunction with the release of the publication, Karma will present a group of the artist’s large-scale cardboard collages.
onestar press, in collaboration with Sequence Press, presents a new set of works and the debut of Matthew Brannon’s limited edition large poster series conceived in conjunction with his artist’s book Laurence Harvey presented for the first time. Marina Abramovic’s 100 Pisama/100 Letters limited edition multiple will be on view alongside a special project room installation featuring a new 4-piece chair designed by French artist Sebastien de Ganay in collaboration with Lawrence Weiner, entitled A RESPITE AT SOME POINT – ASAP. onestar press’ classic artist’s book collection will also be on display alongside a selection of editions from Three Star Books by John Baldessari, Matthew Brannon, Maurizio Cattelan, LIam Gillick, Jonathan Monk, Simon Starling, Haim Steinbach and Lawrence Weiner.
Presentation House Gallery presents a re-mounting of B.C. Almanac(h) C-B, a book and exhibition originally commissioned by the Stills Division of the National Film Board of Canada in 1970. Organized by Vancouver artists Jack Dale and Michael de Courcy, fifteen West Coast artists were invited to produce photographic booklets that were then compiled into an anthology. Participants included experimental, multimedia artists Christos Dikeakos, Gerry Gilbert, Roy Kiyooka, Glenn Lewis, NE Thing Co., Michael Morris, and Vincent Trasov. The book was conceived as an exhibition, beginning with a double-page spread of the backsides of the artists walking into the book, and became an exhibition – a multimedia version of the book, complete with walls painted greyscale. This self-referential project highlights the materials and processes of print production and the circulation of print culture through mass media. The artists were experimenting with new technologies and used the camera to explore ideas about communication in the electronic “information age”. The individual bookworks range from a conceptualist work about books to a series of “straight” photographs. Many of the artists produced photo-collages about their bohemian lifestyles, and thus the Almanac book is also a document of the countercultural ethos of the period.
Wild Life Press presents A night on the edge of forever – the art of midnight films, free theater and the psychedelic underground: San Francisco 1969 – 1973. Amid the protest movements, utopian communities and experimental counterculture of the Bay Area during this period, the Nocturnal Dream Shows pioneering weekly showcases at The Palace Theater brought together a heady mix of midnight films, radical theater and pansexual anarchy. This exhibition showcases a collection of artwork, ephemera and other material related to these events by Steven Arnold, Todd Trexler, The Cockettes, Sylvester and The Angels of Light among others.
Werkplaats Typografie (The Netherlands), a fair favorite, presents a collaborative project by its entire student body for the sixth year running; and Know-Wave (New York, NY) broadcasts live from the fair continuously throughout the weekend.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17
All Day, A17 Limited edition print release by Sifry Borrayo. Presented by Applesauce Industries.
All Day, A31 BITCHES tote bag launch (edition of 80) by Matthew Scott Gualco, Presented by Frenemies III.
All Day, R04 Launch of School Vol.3, and 777 by Tomoo Gokita. Presented by Tiny Person.
6:00 pm, A37 Launch of STARING AT OUR SUN (NASA MOON), by billy ocallaghan, STARING AT OUR SUN (EMBOSSED MOON) by billy ocallaghan & nif hodgson, and HAIRLINES/STUPID HAIR (pocket edition) by billy ocallaghan. Presented by billy ocallaghan.
6:00 pm, N08 Launch of 141 % by Leon Zuodar, Possible Optimism by Zoran Pungercar, Risbe / Drawings by Petra Varl. Presented by Zavod P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E.
7:00 pm, Printed Matter Signing and launch of Thomas Mailaender’s new artist’s book 100 Tiles, 2015. Presented by Printed Matter.
7:00 pm, D10 Signing of A Very Old Family by Donald Cummings, a poetry book featuring artwork by Genieve Figgis. Presented by Half Gallery.
8:00 pm, O11 Signing of The Unknown Masterpiece by Bill Powers. Presented by Mörel Books.
8:02 pm, C06 Launch of Mood Disorder by David Horvitz. Presented by New Documents.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18
All Day, A17 Signing by Joe Goblyn. Presented by Applesauce Industries.
All Day, A31 ART BAE Glitter screenprint poster (edition of 150) by Matthew Scott Gualco, Presented by Frenemies III.
All Day, R06 Signing of Laying Stones by Mumemasa Takahashi. Presented by T&M Projects.
2:00 pm, Q07 Launch of Streetopia, edited by Erick Lyle with writing by Chris Johanson, Chris Kraus, Rebecca Solnit, Sarah Schulman, Daphne Gottlieb, Renny Pritikin, Jesse Drew and many more. Presented by Booklyn.
3:00 pm, B03 Signing of Smoke Screen by Paul Paper. Presented by Lodret Vandret.
3:00 pm, C06 Signing of Seth and Sheila Stayed Behind by Seth Fluker. Presented by New Documents.
3:00 pm, I05 Signing of Transmission by Lucy Helton. Presented by Ampersand.
3:00 pm, N07 Launch and signing of I haven’t moved my head from the pillow by Kristin Kongi. Presented by Lugemik.
3:00 pm, N34 Signing of HUSH by Noa Ben Shalom. Presented by Sternthal Books.
3:00 pm, Q08 Signing of Happier Place, 2015 by Greg Bogin. Presented by The Posters.
3:00 pm, S01 Signing of Rob Pruitt’s eBay Flea Market: Year 1. Presented by Bruno.
3:00 pm, S05 Drawing performance and signing of Last Night by Karoline Schreiber. Presented by The Green Box.
3:00 pm, W06 Signing of Fabulas Feminae by Johanna Drucker in collaboration with Susan Bee, published by Litmus Press. Presented by Johanna Drucker.
4:00 pm, B13 Signing of TURBO VANISH. Presented by blisterZine.
4:00 pm, C09 Signing of The Exquisite Self Portraits Photoshoot by Rob Pruitt. Presented by Triangle Books.
4:00 pm, C10 Signing of Season 2, Episode 8 by Trevor Shimizu. Presented by Pork Salad Press.
4:00 pm, I05 Signing of Grimsey by Cole Barash. Presented by Ampersand.
4:00 pm, N03 Signing of Flowing, and Islands by Wayne Levin. Presented by Datz Press.
4:00 pm, O06 Signing with Maurice van Es. Presented by RVB Books.
4:00 pm, O17 Signing of Vanity by Coco Young. Presented by Bemojake.
4:00 pm, Magazine Store (entrance kiosk) Launch of Conveyor Magazine issue no. 7 Time Travel. Presented by ARTBOOK.
4:30 pm, Z09 Signing of Larry Fink’s Opening the Sky, Presented by Colophon.
5:00 pm, N52 Launch of The Lovers by Elisabeth Tonnard. Presented by Elisabeth Tonnard.
5:30 pm, N38 Signing / Launch of 70s 80s 90s 00s by Peter Sutherland. Presented by Silent Sound.
6:00 pm, O06 Signing with Thomas Mailaender. Presented by RVB Books.
6:00 pm, Magazine Store (entrance kiosk) Signing of Good 70s with Mike Mandel and Bottom of the Lake with Christian Patterson. Presented by ARTBOOK.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19
All Day, A17 Bleach Polaroid zine release from Desilu Muñoz and Stephanie Segura. Presented by Applesauce Industries.
All Day, A31 NO REGERTS screenprint poster (edition of 150) (As seen on the walls of Printed Matter) by Matthew Scott Gualco, Presented by Frenemies III.
All Day, A31 DOWN WITH EVERYTHING screenprint poster (edition of 150) by Matthew Scott Gualco, Presented by Frenemies III.
All Day, R06 Signing of Laying Stones by Mumemasa Takahashi. Presented by T&M Projects.
1:45pm, C01 Signing and launch of Figures in Air by Micah Silver. Presented by Inventory Press.
2:00 pm, B03 Signing of DRAWINGS (SPECIAL EDITION) by ASGER CARLSEN. Presented by LODRET VANDRET.
2:00 pm, C10 Signing of Future Practice Drawings by Jakob S. Boeskov. Presented by Pork Salad Press.
2:00 pm, Duplex Signing of Death Disco Issue 1 by Marcel Dzama. Presented by David Zwirner Books.
2:00 pm, I05 Signing of An Island in the Moon by Jordan Sullivan. Presented by Ampersand.
2:00 pm, M02 Signing of Color Photographs by Daisuke Yokota. Presented by Harper’s Books.
2:00 pm, N38 Signing / Launch of Garage Still Lifes by Corey Olsen. Presented by Silent Sound.
2:00 pm, O01 Signing of Range by Penelope Umbrico. Presented by Aperture.
2:00 pm, O12 Signing of A Setting Sun, Vol. I by Gregg Evans. Presented by Kris Graves Projects.
2:00 pm, PR2 Signing of Untitled Anonymous by Vince Aletti. Presented by Andrew Roth.
2:00 pm, PR3 Release and signing of Gay Semiotics: a photographic study of visual coding among homosexual men by Hal Fischer. Presented by Cherry and Martin.
2:00 pm, U04 Signing of Dark Archive by Andre Bradley and Tessex? by Tessex. Presented by Image Text Ithaca.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 (continued)
3:00 pm, F02 Signing of Himmelstrasse by Brian Griffin. Presented by Browns Editions.
3:00 pm, K01 Launch and signing with Landon Metz for new self-published screenprint edition. Presented by Printed Matter.
3:00 pm, N07 Launch and signing of Untitled by Anu Vahtra. Presented by Lugemik.
3:00 pm, N34 Signing of A New Relationship Between Reflective Sides by Jim Verburg. Presented by Sternthal Books.
3:00 pm, N52 Launch of Mein Buch, Tischblumenbilder and Husch! by Elisabeth Tonnard. Presented by Elisabeth Tonnard.
3:00 pm, O01 Signing of The Last Book by Reinier Gerritsen. Presented by Aperture.
3:00 pm, O03 Signing of My Blank Pages by Michael Schmelling. Presented by The Ice Plant.
3:00 pm, S03 Signing of LEVIATHAN by MORGAN ASHCOM. Presented by Idea Books.
3:00 pm, S05 Drawing performance and signing of Last Night by Karoline Schreiber. Presented by The Green Box.
3:00 pm, Z08 Signing of Open Books Volumes A-E by Ghazaal Vojdani. Presented by Hato Press.
3:00 pm, Magazine Store (entrance kiosk) Signing of St. Marks 1986-2006, New York Darkroom, Shibuya Scramble GIG, and Haynesville by Jesper Haynes. Presented by ARTBOOK.
3:30 pm, O19 Signing of Classon by Daisuke Yokota & Yoshi Kametani. Presented by S_U_N_.
4:00 pm, A72 Launch and signing of THE BATHHOUSE HORNBOOK by MICHAEL WYNNE. Presented by MICHAEL WYNNE.
4:00 pm, C16 Signing of Charles Atlas by Charles Atlas. Presented by Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI).
4:00 pm, N06 Signing of Labyrinth by Jason Jaworski. Presented by bookdummypress.
4:00 pm, O03 Signing of What Is This! by Tamara Shopsin. Presented by The Ice Plant.
4:00 pm, O06 Signing with Penelope Umbrico. Presented by RVB Books.
4:00 pm, O17 Signing of SPHERES Austin Lee. Presented by SPHERES Publication.
4:00 pm, Magazine Store (entrance kiosk) Signing of Pomerode, Subway Magazine issue #5 and other titles by Erik van der Weijde. Presented by ARTBOOK.
4:00 pm, Printed Matter Launch and signing of First Rate Second Hand 2016, the annual artists’ calendar from Carmelle Safdie and Sophy Naess. Presented by Printed Matter.
4:30 pm, O19 Signing of Schema by Stephan Sagmiller. Presented by S_U_N_.
4:30 pm, Z09 Signing of Studio 54 by Tod Papageorge. Presented by Colophon.
5:00 pm, C09 Signing of Generation X by Silvia Prada. Presented by Triangle Books.
5:00 pm, O06 Signing with Olivier Cablat. Presented by RVB Books.
5:00 pm, Magazine Store (entrance kiosk) Signing with Takeshi Murata. Presented by ARTBOOK.
6:00 pm, A18 Launch and signing of Fodongas by Cristobal Guerra y Stephanie Segura. Presented by La Chamba Press.
6:00 pm, N52 Launch of IKEA Sucks by Joachim Schmid. Presented by Joachim Schmid.
6:00 pm, O06 Signing with Mazaccio&Drowilalr. Presented by RVB Books.
6:00 pm, Q03 Signing of Waiting on the Dream by Juan Madrid. Presented by VUU.
6:00 pm, Y Signing of ID by COLIN SNAPP. Presented by Études Books.
7:00 pm, A74 Launch of Pinups No. 19. Presented by Pinups.
8:00 pm, H04 Signing of Unethical by Walead Beshty, available as a special signed edition with the anthology Ethics. Presented by Petzel.
8:00 pm, Magazine Store (entrance kiosk) Launch of Foundations Magazine #3. Presented by ARTBOOK.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
All Day, A17 Paul Carrillo signing and zine release. Presented by Applesauce Industries.
All Day, C12 Signing of About Trees by Katie Holten. Presented by Broken Dimanche Press.
All Day, R06 Signing of Laying Stones by Mumemasa Takahashi. Presented by T&M Projects.
12:00 pm, Y Signing of Marjorie by DANIEL TURNER. Presented by Études Books.
1:00 pm, R06 Signing of Small Things in Silence by Masao Yamamoto. Presented by T&M Projects.
2:00 pm, I05 A Desinger’s Eye: Paul Rand by JP Williams. Presented by Ampersand Gallery & Fine Books.
2:00 pm, N38 Signing / Launch of A Recurring Dream by Coley Brown. Presented by Silent Sound.
2:00 pm, O01 Group signing of Photography Is Magic by Charlotte Cotton. Presented by Aperture.
2:00 pm, O12 Signing of Journey by MaryLynne Wyre. Presented by Kris Graves Projects.
2:00 pm, Magazine Store (entrance kiosk) Launch of Capricious Magazine issue #17, “Ex.” Presented by ARTBOOK.
3:00 pm, C10 Signing of Somebody always seems to die and The Curious Squirrel by Keren Cytter. Presented by Pork Salad Press.
3:00 pm, N07 Launch and signing of Right / Wrong by Marge Monko. Presented by Lugemik.
3:00 pm, N14 Signing of Between Late Summer and Early Fall by Wardell Milan. Presented by OSMOS.
3:00 pm, N52 Signing of Wiederholungszwang by Elisabeth Tonnard. Presented by Elisabeth Tonnard.
3:00 pm, O01 Signing of Office Romance by Kathy Ryan. Presented by Aperture.
3:00 pm, Q08 Signing of Oh I Don’t Know, 2015 by Marc Hundley. Presented by The Posters.
3:00 pm, S05 Signing of Hello Everybody! by Jytte Høy. Presented by The Green Box.
4:00 pm, O01 Signing of Self Publish, Be Happy: A DIY Photobook Manual and Manifesto by Bruno Ceschel. Presented by Aperture.
5:00 pm, B10 Launch of Landmarks issue of CLOG. Presented by IIIII Columns.
6:00 pm, X01 Signing of SOME OF US DID NOT DIE by Tammy Rae Carland. Presented by LAND AND SEA.
A curated cross-section of photo-based artist’s books and magazines, this year’s Focus: Photography includes:
Edition Patrick Frey
The Ice Plant
Kris Graves Projects
X MAGAZINE & EINSTEIN STUDIO
A lively selection of international artists, zinesters, and small presses will represent independent publishing at its most innovative and affordable in the MoMA PS1 courtyard. Exhibitors include:
XE(ROX) & PAPER + SCISSORS
Alicia’s Klassic Kool Shoppe
Andrew Jeffrey Wright
Daily Life Storage
Drippy Bone Books
Frenemies III: Paul Shortt and Matt Gualco
James Prez/Back East Press
Knuckles & Notch
La Chamba Press
Le Gros Monsieur
Library of the Printed Web
Mega Press/Panayiotis Terzis
NOAH LYON + RETARD RIOT
Open Space Baltimore
PAPER WORK NYC
Social Malpractice Publishing
Totally Stoked on You
UP! Pop-Up Shop
Vice Versa Press
The Small Press Dome
Horses Think Press
Pau Wau Publications
Sergej Vutuc / Bill Daniel
The Song Cave
This diverse group of politically-minded collectives and presses focused on the intersection of art and activism, curated by Printed Matter’s Max Schumann, includes:
Black Lives Matter
Bread and Puppet Press
Half Letter Press / Temporary Services
Journal of Aesthetics and Protest
World War 3 Illustrated
Tune in to KNOW-WAVE for a never-ending stream of programming, interviews and music broadcast live from NYABF15.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17
6:30-7:00 pm, PS1 Theater (Basement)
Announcement of the 2015 Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards Short List
The Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards celebrate the book’s contribution to the evolving narrative of photography. Finalists will be announced in each of the following categories: First PhotoBook, PhotoBook of the Year, and Photography Catalogue of the Year. The thirty-five short-listed titles will be profiled in The PhotoBook Review, the biannual publication from Aperture, and exhibited at Paris Photo, Aperture Gallery in New York, and Amana/IMA Concept Store in Tokyo, touring thereafter. A final jury in Paris will select the winner for all three prizes, which will be revealed at Paris Photo in November 2015.
7:00 and 8:00 pm, The Duplex Project Room
Live dance performance of the original choreography accompanying Death Disco Dance.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18
3:00 pm and 5:00 pm, The Duplex Project Room
Live music performances accompanying Une danse des bouffons (or A jester’s dance). Original composition written and performed by Kyle Combs (Electronics), Elizabeth LoPiccolo (Flute), Dylan Neely (Violin and electronics), Rhys Ziemba (Electric piano), Ryne Ziemba (Percussion).
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19
2:00 pm, The Duplex Project Room
Book signing with the artist. Featured publications include Dzama’s new zine Death Disco Issue 1 and his 2015 zine collaboration with Raymond Pettibon.
8:00 pm, H04
Petzel Gallery is pleased to host a book signing with Walead Beshty following his keynote address at the eighth annual Contemporary Artists’ Book Conference. Available as a special edition will be Ethics, the newest volume in Whitechapel’s Documents of Contemporary Art series (MIT Press 2015), along with a signed copy of Unethical, the artist’s inversion of the materials included in Ethics.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
9:00 pm-late, Good Room
Printed Matter presents the official NYABF15 Closing Party
98 Meserole Ave., Brooklyn http://www.goodroombk.com
SPBH: TKY > AMS > NYC
NYC: Saturday, September 19
12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
1010 47th Road (Between Vernon and 11th St.)
Long Island City 11101
Self Publish, Be Happy is turning five, and to coincide with the release of the SPBH Manifesto and Manual copublished with Aperture this fall, it embarks on its most ambitious book-making performance to date: 24 hours, 3 continents, 11 artists, 1 publication. On Saturday, September 19, starting at the Tokyo Art Book Fair, continuing at the Unseen in Amsterdam, and finishing at the New York Art Book Fair, artists will respond to the forthcoming publication and to each other’s work across continents and time. The end result will be one collective DIY publication, edited and designed by Bruno Ceschel and Antonio DeLucca, available for download for free from the Aperture and Self Publish, Be Happy websites on Sunday, September 20. Audiences in each of the three cities will be able to witness the making of the publication, and everybody will be able to follow it live and online on selfpublishbehappy.com
TKY: Hiroshi Takizawa, Yumiko Utsu, Maya Rochat / AMS: Isabelle Wenzel, Jaap Scheeren, Justin James Reed / NYC: Maurice van Es, Sophy Naess and Carmelle Safdie, Yuji Hamada, and Jason Fulford