Contemporary Artists' Books Conference in New York, Nov. 5–6

  • Posted on Sep 24, 2010 by

Several MoMA Library staff members are heavily involved in an exciting upcoming event, the 3rd annual Contemporary Artists' Books Conference, to be held at PS1 on November 5-6. The conference is sponsored by Printed Matter, and held in conjunction with the NY Art Book Fair.  The program will include speakers, panels, artists' presentations, and receptions.

Staff and associates are organizing sessions on zines from the Riot Grrrl movement (featuring Gretchen Wagner, MoMA Assistant Curator, Prints and Illustrated Books); experimental libraries (organized by, among others, Senior Library Assistant Rachael Morrison and former Library Volunteer Kate Adler); and typography (organized by me).

This year we’ll also be holding an hour-long "pecha kucha," or lightning round, in which invited guests will present for five minutes each, discussing one or more artists' books, zines, multiples, etc.

This year's keynote panel features Richard Hell, Josh Smith, and Christopher Wool in conversation about recent book work collaborations.  

Finally, MoMA Library’s Bibliographer David Senior is organizing a specially commissioned publication by the multimedia artist Emily Roysdon. Full conference registrants receive a copy. "West St." is an accordion fold artist's book that combines text and photographs by Roysdon with images from the estate of Alvin Baltrop. The setting for both sets of photographs is the deteriorating industrial architecture of the Hudson River piers. Roysdon views this book as part of her ongoing interest in the cultural history of the piers and an opportunity to reflect on Baltrop's spectacular, and unheralded oeuvre of photographs.  

Registration for the full two-day conference is $100. Tickets for single sessions are $20. 

Full information at:

Jennifer Tobias. Librarian, Reader Services, The Museum of Modern Art.

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