September 18, 2016

Paper Monument’s Social Medium at the New York Art Book Fair

Join Paper Monument Thursday September 15 through Sunday September 18 for the 2016 New York Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1.

In anticipation of the launch of Social Medium: Artists Writing, 2000–2015, an anthology of seventy-five contemporary artists’ texts, Paper Monument hosts a discussion on the history of and variations within artists’ writings. In conversation with the book’s editor, Jennifer Liese, contributors will explore the significance of artists’ writing past and present, both as an element in the context of an art practice and as forerunners of the changes in writing we see today. Featuring Mira Schor, Greg Allen, Ginger Brooks Takahashi, and Josiah McElheny.

Copies of SOCIAL MEDIUM will be available at the event and throughout the fair.

The event is free and open to the public.

MoMA PS1 Basement Theatre
3 PM, September 18
201622-25 Jackson Ave, Queens, NY

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Jennifer Liese (moderator) is director of the Writing Center at Rhode Island School of Design, where she teaches graduate courses focused on artists’ writings and artists writing. She has worked as an independent editor for museums and publishers and was managing editor of Artforum, editor of Provincetown Arts, and an editor of Cabinet.

Greg Allen has silk-screened tweets from @TheRealHennessy (Jayson Musson) onto monochrome paintings and published the entire transcript of Richard Prince’s seven-hour deposition in the Cariou v. Prince copyright infringement case. On his blog, greg.org: the making of — active since 2001 and awarded a Creative Capital|Warhol Foundation Arts Writers grant — he posts about art, film, architecture, and other cultural attractions.

Mira Schor is known equally for her materially sensuous, theoretically charged paintings and for her contributions to feminist art history. She is coeditor of the journal M/E/A/N/I/N/G (1986 — 96; online since 2002) and has received a Creative Capital|Warhol Foundation Arts Writers grant in support of her blog, A Year of Positive Thinking.

John Miller is an artist, writer, and musician whose visual work — assemblages coated in brown or gold paint, portraits of reality TV stars, thousands of snapshots taken around lunchtime — examines the economies of pop culture and the everyday.

Ginger Brooks Takahashi is a founding member of LTTR, a feminist genderqueer collective dedicated to “sustainable change, queer pleasure, and critical productivity.” In addition to organizing live events, the group published an annual themed journal from 2002 to 2006 that includes essays, manifestos, fiction, poetry, drawings, photographs, and multiples.

Josiah McElheny, best known for his work in glass, often proposes a reimagining of art history in his art and writing. His forays into writing began with museological labels — convincing blends of fact and fiction embedded within his early sculptural installations—and extend into artist books on “forgotten” subjects.

This event presented in conjunction with the New York Art Book Fair, as part of the Sunday Classroom Sessions in the MoMA PS1 Basement Theatre.