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SEPTEMBER 20–22, 2019





Opening Night: September 19 
22-25 Jackson Ave
Long Island City, NY 11101

September 20–22, 2019
Opening Night: September 19

22-25 Jackson Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11101

September 20 — 22, 2019


The Classroom presents informal lectures, readings, screenings, and other activities by artists, writers, designers, and publishers. The program series highlights exciting new releases and fosters dialogue around important themes within contemporary art publishing and the broader community. Organized by David Senior, Head of Library and Archives, SFMOMA.

CL = The Classroom, located on the 2nd floor
CLT = The Classroom in the Basement Theater

11:30 am—1:00 pm

The Image of Whiteness: Contemporary Photography and Racialization, with Claudia Rankine, Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa, Sutapa Biswas, and Daniel C. Blight

                Drawing on themes in the recently published The Image of Whiteness: Contemporary Photography and Racialization (SPBH Editions, 2019), Daniel C. Blight, Sutapa Biswas, Claudia Rankine, and Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa present and discuss the violent invention of whiteness—its political, cultural, and visual life, as well as the important work photographers are doing to subvert and critique its hegemony in the present day. Presented by SPBH. ︎


12:00–1:00 pm

Quimby's, with Steven Svymbersky

                Quimby's Bookstore founder, Steven Svymbersky, will present a talk and slideshow about the growth of the zine community from 1985–1995.  The talk will focus on how punk/DIY culture, Factsheet Five, and easy access to xerographic reproduction inspired him to make zines and eventually open the original Quimby's Bookstore in Chicago in 1991.  ︎


1:00—2:00 pm

The Autobio Comics of David Heatley, with David Heatley

                Artist David Heatley discusses his new graphic novel Qualification, about his family’s experience with 12-step programs, and book-length comic zine Amy.  Heatley discusses the challenges and risks of putting your life on the page, and the real life repercussions of the work. Presented by Desert Island. ︎

1:00—2:30 pm

Seehearing the Enlightened Failure, Cecilia Vicuña’s artistic practice, with Carla María Macchiavello 

           Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art (Rotterdam, the Netherlands) presents a talk on the publication, Cecilia Vicuña: Seehearing the Enlightened Failure, published in conjunction with the artist’s retrospective curated by Miguel A. López and on view until November 2019. The publication gives an overview of Vicuña’s artistic practice as a poet, visual artist, and activist from the 1960s to present day. It is edited by Miguel A. López, designed by Studio Manuel Raeder, and includes an anthology of texts authored by the artist, essays by curators and scholars such as Lucy Lippard and Julia Bryan-Wilson, and a number of previously unpublished visual documentation of Vicuña’s work. ︎

2:00—3:00 pm

The Glen Park Library, by Pamela M. Lee, and Hello Leonora, Soy Anne Walsh, by Anne Walsh

                Art historian Pamela M. Lee and artist Anne Walsh continue their ongoing dialogue about feminism, fairy tales, capitalism, and contemporary art as tackled in their latest books. Lee’s The Glen Park Library is both homage to the Bay Area and excoriation of the ethos of Silicon Valley, arguing that the notion of “disruptive” technology has radically affected our relationship to aesthetics, reading, history, and truth. Hello Leonora, Soy Anne Walsh evidences a more autobiographical approach, as Walsh chronicles her multi-disciplinary artistic dialogue with Leonora Carrington and her best-known book The Hearing Trumpet. Lee and Walsh discuss narratives in fragments, experimentation in writing, and the contemporary art world. Presented by no place press. ︎

2:30—4:00 pm

Leidy Churchman: Crocodile, with Leidy Churchman, Marina Ancona, Lauren Cornell, Ruba Katrib, and Alex Kitnick 

                Dancing Foxes presents a conversation moderated by curator Lauren Cornell between the artist, Marina Ancona of 10 Grand Press, and writers Alex Kitnick and Ruba Katrib. Ranging from figurative representation to gestural abstraction, monumental landscape paintings to more intimate portraits, the oeuvre of American painter Leidy Churchman channels his artistic and literary influences, friendships, moods, surrounding landscapes, and the visual iconography of divergent religions and philosophies. Crocodile is the first comprehensive monograph on the artist’s work and highlights his investigations into consciousness through renderings of anthropomorphic animals and psychological states, appropriation of existing artworks and aesthetics, and recastings of various signs and symbols. The conversation will be followed by a book signing at the Dancing Foxes table.

3:00–4:00 pm

The Poetics, by Lucy Ives and Matthew Connors

               Image Text Ithaca Press continues its tradition of innovating collaborations between writers and visual artists with the launch of its newest publication: The Poetics, with text by Lucy Ives and photographs by Matthew Connors. Both contributors to the text will read excerpts along with a slideshow. Presented by Image Text Ithaca. ︎
4:00—5:00 pm

Se Te Subió El Santo, with Tiona Nekkia McClodden and Akwaeke Emezi

                Tiona Nekkia McClodden and Akwaeke Emezi will discuss the newly published Se Te Subió El Santo—a monograph of self-portraits by McClodden and an essay contribution by Emezi. McClodden’s daily self-portraits present a full self, implicit of gender, race, sexuality, and spirituality while collapsing and challenging each identity as well. Presented by Capricious. ︎

4:00—5:30 pm

Permanent Change, Karel Martens in conversation with Prem Krishnamurthy

            No book is static. Starting at least from the moment of printing, a book begins its continuous process of change. Few people know this as well as celebrated designer, artist, and educator Karel Martens. The first award-winning edition of his groundbreaking monograph, Printed Matter (1996), was quickly followed by a reprint, then a second edition (2001), a third (2010), and now a fourth (2019). Each version updates, extends, and overwrites its predecessor, while claiming to remain the same. For this conversation launching the book’s newly expanded and re-titled edition, Re-Printed Matter—nearly 10 years in the making—Martens is joined by designer and exhibition-maker Prem Krishnamurthy. Presented by Roma Publications. ︎

5:00—6:00 pm

Desperately Trying to Finish (Each Other’s Sentences), with Hardworking Goodlooking (Clara Balaguer, Kristian Henson, Dante Carlos, and Czar Kristoff)

                Hardworking Goodlooking is a publishing hauz and studio-less design studio founded in the Philippines and working out of Laguna, Rotterdam, Portland, and Brooklyn. Its four members are committed to exploring, documenting, and facilitating published works on (vernacular material) culture in the Philippines and its diaspora. These cultural workers live in four diametrically opposite time zones located—in three out of four cases—outside of their geographical field of inquiry, which creates a complex structure to sustain a situated research practice, a viable workflow, and a web of deep friendship. This collectively written lecture is an attempt to perform, through the insufficient act of delivering words, what it is like to work, while physically separated, on issues such as decolonization through vernacular, the price of becoming visible, strategies of mutual care, pedagogy for the often-excluded, and identities that are untranslatable.  

5:30–7:00 pm

A *New* Program for Graphic Design, by David Reinfurt

                A *New* Program for Graphic Design is a do-it-yourself textbook that synthesizes the pragmatic with the experimental and builds on mid to late 20th-century pedagogical models to convey advanced principles of contemporary design for a general reader. Rooted in three courses (Typography, Gestalt, and Interface) originally developed for liberal arts students at Princeton University, the book provides a broad introduction from Benjamin Franklin to Bruno Munari, Moholy-Nagy to Muriel Cooper, and the Macintosh computer. After a brief introduction by Shannon Harvey and Adam Michaels of Inventory Press, David Reinfurt will compress eight years of lectures into exactly one (perhaps manic) hour. Co-published by Inventory Press, Los Angeles, and Distributed Art Publishers, New York. ︎

6:00—7:00 pm

Exitstencil Press, with Gee Vaucher and Sofia Leilani

                Boo-Hooray is delighted and honored to present the publications and prints of Exitstencil Press. Since 1977, Gee Vaucher and friends have produced a stream of beautiful, subversive, and thought-provoking material that has inspired a generation. Join us for a Q&A with Gee Vaucher and New York artist and activist Sofia Leilani. ︎

7:00—8:00 pm

Punk’s in Press, with Raw Meat Collective, #BlkGrlsWurld ZINE, Heinzfeller Nileisist, Irrelevant Press, and Pegacorn Press

                Publisher and artist Kyle Quinn presents a panel discussion on what it means to be punk and publish within our current climate and generation. Coming from a queer counter-culture and punk background, Quinn started Raw Meat Collective as a way to push artistic boundaries in print and art without censorship. Quinn invites New York publishers to discuss what punk is today, if punk is still alive, and how we push boundaries in our varied fields of print. The discussion will include topics of process, how artistic practices shift, and how we stay motivated in publishing. Publishers will be asked about the challenges they face within print, the future of punk, and their major influences along the way. Presented by Raw Meat Collective. ︎

7:00—8:00 pm

Simultaneous Soloists, with David Grubbs and Anthony McCall

               A discussion over the artist’s book that emerged from the exhibition Anthony McCall: Solid Light Works, and its accompanying performance series Four Simultaneous Soloists, organized by David Grubbs. It documents these ephemeral events through multiple means: an extensive conversation between McCall and Grubbs detailing a decade of working together, interviews with sixteen participating musicians, writings by art historians Branden W. Joseph and Swagato Chakravorty, and visual materials ranging from McCall’s drawings and archival materials to photographs of the exhibition including images sourced from social media. Interview subjects include Susan Alcorn, MV Carbon, Maria Chavez, Che Chen, Jules Gimbrone, David Grubbs, Sarah Hennies, Eli Keszler, Okkyung Lee, Miya Masaoka, Christopher McIntyre, Tomeka Reid, Ben Vida, Yoshi Wada, Nate Wooley, and C. Spencer Yeh. Presented by Pioneer Works Press. ︎