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Closing Soon, (part 2 opens next week):

Please Come to the Show, Part I (1960–1980)
 Organized by David Senior

MoMA, Education Building, 4 West 54th St., NYC
free (if you go in through the 4 W. 54th St. entrance)

preview part two on Tumblr: pleasecometotheshow.tumblr.com

This two-part exhibition gathers a sample of innovative printed invitations, small posters, and flyers from the early 1960s to the present. The selection traces ways in which artists, designers, and galleries have used invitation cards and other printed announcements as a part of the staging of conceptual works, installations, performances, and other time-based events and screenings. This diverse grouping of ephemera explores the various, surprising ways that we have been invited to experience art.

Dalibor Martinis. Osoba na slici: nije/može biti/je = Person in photo: is not/could be/is Dalibor Martinis. Zagreb: Podroom, 1976.

In each spread of this artist’s book, Martinis paired a photograph of himself (at left) with a blurred photograph (at right). In the space given, he manually traces part of his profile to deduce whether or not the photographs are a match.

The exhibition “Scenes from Zagreb: Artists’ Publications of the New Art Practice,” organized by David Senior, is on display at MoMA Library through February 17, 2012. 

Ray Johnson Designs

“The art of Ray Johnson was rooted in his constant practice of correspondence. He dispersed a copious amount of collages and other printed matter through the mail to friends and colleagues. The Museum of Modern Art Library received materials in the mail from Ray Johnson from the 1950s until his death in 1995. This exhibition focuses on Johnson’s early printed materials, especially his promotional flyers for his work as a graphic designer and illustrator.” Ray Johnson Designs is on display at MoMA, New York, from 2 July to 29 September 2014, and is organised by David Senior, Bibliographer, MoMA Library. See here.

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Opens Tomorrow, Feb 20:

Millennium Magazines

Organized by Rachael Morrison and David Senior

MoMA, 11 W53rd St., NYC
(Mezzanine Cullman Education and Research Building)

This survey of experimental art and design magazines published since 2000 explores the various ways in which contemporary artists and designers utilize the magazine format as an experimental space for the presentation of artworks and text. Throughout the 20th century, international avant-garde activities in the visual arts and design were often codified first in the informal context of a magazine or journal. This exhibition, drawn from the holdings of the MoMA Library, follows the practice into the 21st century. The works on view represent a broad array of international titles within this genre, from community-building newspapers to image-only photography magazines to conceptual design projects. The contents illustrate a diverse range of image-making, editing, design, printing, and distribution practices. There are obvious connections to the past lineage of artists’ magazines and little architecture and design magazines of the 20th century, as well as a clear sense of the application of new techniques of image-editing and printing methods. Assembled together, these contemporary magazines provide a first-hand view into these practices and represents the MoMA Library’s sustained effort to document and collect this medium. -thru May 14

The Book as Loose Material

Last Fall, for the occasion of the New York Art Book Fair held at PS1, Printed Matter released Adventures, edited by MomA Bibliographer, David Senior. Over the past few years, the art librarians who have organized the conference along side the book fair have produce a publication as part the program. This most recent publication, Adventures, brings together contemporary language based artworks as loose material.

Senior, David. Adventures. New York: Printed Matter, 2011. Print.

Adventures takes its inspiration from Semina.  Semina was a late 50’s and 60’s mail art publication which consisted of poetry, photographs and drawing reproductions assembled by artist Wallace Berman. For Semina, Berman collected materials from his friends, including David Meltzer, Charles Bukowski, William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg, and then created limited editions in folio packages which he distributed by mail.  

Semina. vol. 1-9 (1958-1964). Print.

Adventures includes work by artists such as Alejandro Cesarco, Eve Fowler, Dora Garcia, William E. Jones, Carl Pope, Scott Reeder and Paul Mpagi Sepuya.  Their work was printed at YU, an artists space in Portland, Oregon, by Aaron Flint Jamison (who is also responsible for the physical design of the publication) as loose material, including several types of letterpress pieces, offset images, xerox reproductions.  



Liz Sales

MoMA has produced a perfectly-scaled interactive feature for Please Come to the Show: Invitations and Event Fliers from the MoMA Library, an exhibition organized by David Senior, Bibliographer, MoMA Library and on view in the Mezzanine of the The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building from 8 May—15 July.

I’ve kept a very tightly-curated personal archive of exhibition fliers and announcements for about fifteen years now, so I’m naturally very interested in the concept and display methodology of this show and others like it.

Paper Monuments

This is my review of Please Come to the Show, a survey of exhibition invites, flyers and other printed ephemera, at the Exhibition Research Centre in Liverpool (13 February - 16 May 2014). The exhibition, which draws on the collection of the MoMA Library, is rich in historical interest – and nostalgia. The review was commissioned by Kunstkritikk.

Keep reading

Millennium Magazines
NOVEL featured in Millennium Magazine, MOMA, New York, organised by David Senior and Rachel Morrison, February 20–May 14, 2012. This survey of experimental art and design magazines published since 2000 explores the various ways in which contemporary artists and designers utilize the magazine format as an experimental space for the presentation of artworks and text. Throughout the 20th century, international avant-garde activities in the visual arts and design were often codified first in the informal context of a magazine or journal. This exhibition, drawn from the holdings of the MoMA Library, follows the practice into the 21st century.



The works on view represent a broad array of international titles within this genre, from community-building newspapers to image-only photography magazines to conceptual design projects. The contents illustrate a diverse range of image-making, editing, design, printing, and distribution practices. There are obvious connections to the past lineage of artists’ magazines and little architecture and design magazines of the 20th century, as well as a clear sense of the application of new techniques of image-editing and printing methods. Assembled together, these contemporary magazines provide a first-hand view into these practices and represents the MoMA Library’s sustained effort to document and collect this medium.

“This font was inspired by Monica Lewinsky” —Paul Chan, “Wht is a book?”, the New Museum, 10 December, 2011

Blogging About Books on Christmas Eve (or, Catching Up on the Backlog While Home for the Holidaze)

+ Paul Chan’s new essay, A Lawless Proposition was published on e-flux following two recent talks at the New Museum, “Wht is Lawlessness?” and “Wht is a Book?”. While I missed the former, I was able to catch the latter, a relaxed, self-effacing account of Chan’s experiences as a newbie publisher that felt less like a lecture than a public conversation with lots of “chiming in” from the audience. Gratifying.

+ The Guggenheim is indeed the first museum to release a digital exhibition catalogue for Maurizio Cattelan: All (along with a slew of titles from its back catalogue). Am I experiencing a moment of good-natured professional jealousy? Why yes, in fact, I am. Related: Do recall the 54th La Biennale di Venezia iPad catalogue (2010) and Badlands Unlimited/Creative Time’s Waiting for Godot in New Orleans: a Field Guide (2011). Also, the Getty Foundation’s OSCI Project.

+ Take This Book is a Kickstarter-fundedseven more days to go—history-in-the-making of the People’s Library at Occupy Wall Street, written by LadyJourno Melissa Gira Grant. A first excerpt from the project was recently published on Rhizome. Back that book up!

+ Bookish Things to See ASAP: At MoMA, Scenes from Zagreb: Artists’ Publications of the New Art Practice, organized by library Bibliographer David Senior (on view through February). Especially looking forward to the publications of Dimitrije Bašičević Mangalos, whose manifestos were some of my favorite works in the 2004-5 Carnegie International at the Carnegie Museum of Art, in Pittsburgh. (I was the curatorial assistant—the Wrangler of the Checklist never forgets!) The curator of that exhibition, now-MoMA curator Laura Hoptman, wrote a book that I suspect would make an apt companion to Senior’s presentation, Primary Documents: A Sourcebook for Eastern and Central European Art since the 1950s. It was published by MoMA in 2002, just as we began working on the International, and functioned as an English-language introduction to Eastern European practices of the late 20th century. Related: Projects by Grupa O.K. (a.k.a. Julian Myers and Joanna Szupinska)

Panel discussion on Artist periodicals @MoMA

Monday April 9th @ MoMA NY
Panel discussion led by David Senior 

This panel explores how and why artists create magazines. Artists, publishers, and writers talk about their publications and the collaborative nature of their work, promoting social and political ideas, employing creative editorial practices, appropriating materials, and building artist communities. Participants include K8 Hardy of LTTR, Flint Jamison of Veneer Magazine, Kristina Lee Podesva and Jeff Khonsary of Fillip, and Anthony Smyrski of Megawords. David Senior, Bibliographer, MoMA Library, moderates. Held in conjunction with Millenium Magazines, organized by Senior and Rachael Morrison, Senior Library Assistant.

In conjunction with the exhibition Millennium Magazines


The editors of Conveyor Magazine are very happy, and honored, to announce our participation in the upcoming exhibition Millennium Magazines at the Museum of Modern Art { MoMA } in New York City! 

About the Magazine

Conveyor Magazine is a semi-annual publication dedicated to eliminating the hierarchy between emerging and established artists. The magazine includes a series of new photography projects, interviews, articles, and essays by writers and artists who strive to bring new ideas on photography to light. Conveyor is devoted to all aspects of the medium, embracing digital technologies while maintaining the unique dialogue that exists between a printed photograph and its viewer. The publication is lovingly printed and produced in-house at Conveyor Arts.  

Founders
Jason Burstein & Christina Labey 

Publisher 
Jason Burstein

Editor-In-Chief

Christina Labey

Editorial Team
Neima Jahromi, Dominica Paige, Elizabeth Bick, Haley Bueschlen, Maria Sprowls, Alison Chen, Chelsey Morell, and Sylvia Hardy.

About the Exhibition

This survey of experimental art and design magazines published since 2000 explores the various ways in which contemporary artists and designers utilize the magazine format as an experimental space for the presentation of artworks and text. Throughout the 20th century, international avant-garde activities in the visual arts and design were often codified first in the informal context of a magazine or journal. This exhibition, drawn from the holdings of the MoMA Library, follows the practice into the 21st century. The works on view represent a broad array of international titles within this genre, from community-building newspapers to image-only photography magazines to conceptual design projects. The contents illustrate a diverse range of image-making, editing, design, printing, and distribution practices. There are obvious connections to the past lineage of artists’ magazines and little architecture and design magazines of the 20th century, as well as a clear sense of the application of new techniques of image-editing and printing methods. Assembled together, these contemporary magazines provide a first-hand view into these practices and represents the MoMA Library’s sustained effort to document and collect this medium.

Millenium Magazines
Curated by Rachael Morrison and David Senior of the MoMA Library.  

Museum of Modern Art
Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building
4 West 54th Street
New York, New York 

On View:  Wednesday, February 22nd - Monday, May 14th

For More Information, please visit: http://www.moma.org

Oh and if you don’t have a copy yet, you should definitely get your hands on one…

Curiosities, Issue No. 1
http://conveyorarts.org/conveyor-magazine-curiosities


Mapping, Issue No. 2 http://conveyorarts.org/conveyor-magazine-mapping-issue
Millennium Magazines

The exhibition Millennium Magazines was organised by Rachael Morrison and David Senior, and shown at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 2012. It surveyed magazines, published since 2000, in which artists and designers use the form as an experimental space. MoMA’s website has a useful page which compiles editorial statements by the artists, designers and publishers of the exhibited titles. See here.