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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

1:00—2:00 pm 

second shelf: shelf talk #8

                second shelf, initiated in 2018 by artist Heide Hinrichs, is a collaborative book acquisition project and multi-institutional, international effort to increase library holdings of publications by nonbinary, female, and queer artists and artists of color. This shelf talk is a gesture of care and attention—one in a series of events that highlight these new collections and contextualize the project’s ambitions. second shelf advisors are convening in person for the first time. We invite the public to join our conversation about publishing, libraries, and artistic and institutional identities that will inform future publications. A website that functions as an inventory is at second-shelf.org.        
                Discussants: second shelf advisors Elizabeth Haines (historian, University of Bristol, UK), Heide Hinrichs (Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp), Marisa Sánchez (art historian/curator/sessional faculty, University of British Columbia, Vancouver), and Jo-ey Tang (Director of Exhibitions, Beeler Gallery at Columbus College of Art & Design); with Leslie Jankowski (Director of Library Services, CCAD Packard Library), and Matthew Offenbacher (artist and publisher, Seattle). ︎

1:00—2:00 pm

THE ANNOTATED READER, with Ryan Gander, Ossian Ward, and others

                Imagine you’ve missed the last train. Is there one piece of writing that you would want with you for company in the small hours? Perhaps this text transformed your thinking. It might be a mantra continually returned to. Perhaps it is a text you felt should be read by younger generations or that you wish you’d encountered as a student. 
                In 2018, artist Ryan Gander and critic and writer Jonathan P. Watts invited a range of creatives, artists, academics, writers, musicians, and designers to suggest then annotate a piece of personally meaningful writing. The annotations add a further layer to the texts, demonstrating and suggesting ways of reading, displaying thought, and complicating the relationship between image and text, reading and looking. Artist Ryan Gander will discuss the genesis of this book-as-exhibition or exhibition-as-book with Lisson Gallery’s Ossian Ward and with other guest contributors to THE ANNOTATED READER. Presented by Lisson Gallery. ︎

2:00—3:00 pm

Aesthetic Injustice, with Taylor Doran and Kandis Williams

               Kandis Williams and Taylor Doran of CASSANDRA Press will host an informal historical overviews and discussions of recent CASSANDRA readers (2018: School-to-Prison Pipeline, 2019: Reparations). The conversation will cover a range of topics centered on the relationship between aesthetic expression and ethical discourses. Presented by CASSANDRA Press. ︎

2:00—3:30 pm

Secretos-Secrets, by Iñaki Bonillas, with David Kurnick and Mónica de la Torre 

                Secrets was a site-specific project and exhibition by Iñaki Bonillas for the Casa Luis Barragán, Mexico City in 2016. Following years of research, Bonillas intervened into the negative spaces of Barragan's house, especially those which often remained hidden to a visitor’s view, such as closets, cupboards and drawers. These spaces served Barragán’s purpose of hiding daily life: the accumulation of objects, papers, useless things—in a word, disorder, to benefit the serene harmony of his architectural poetics. Bonillas’ project not only reflected upon this functional characteristic, but also explored the need to hide certain feelings, thoughts, and memories. The artists’ book Secretos-Secrets is a continuation of this project, and refers to Marcel Duchamp’s publication Some French Moderns Says McBride (1922). It includes texts by Luis Felipe Fabre, Álvaro Enrigue, Mónica de la Torre, Tom McDonough, Manuel Cirauqui and Daniel Aguilar Ruvalcaba. Launching at the fair, signed and numbered copies will be presented by the artist, in conversation with poet and art critic Mónica de la Torre, and professor and translator David Kurnick. Presented by kurimanzutto libros. ︎

3:00–4:00 pm

Joseph Jarman’s Black Case, with Thulani Davis and Brent Hayes Edwards

                Thulani Davis and Brent Hayes Edwards will lead a discussion about Blank Forms Editions’ republication of Joseph Jarman’s Black Case. Joseph Jarman (1937–2019) was a saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist best known as a founding member of trailblazing avant-garde jazz group Art Ensemble of Chicago. In 1977, Art Ensemble of Chicago Publishing Co. published Jarman’s Black Case Volume I and II: Return From Exile: a collection of writing including Jarman’s fiery free verse, a manifesto for “GREAT BLACK MUSIC,” notated songs, concert program notes, Jarman’s photos, and impressions of a play by Muhal Richard Abrams. While some of the poems contained within Black Case have already been immortalized via performances on classic records by Jarman and Art Ensemble of Chicago, its republication in print form breathes new life into a forgotten document of the Black Arts Movement. Presented by Blank Forms. ︎

3:30—5:00 pm

Publishing Manifestos: An International Anthology from Artists and Writers, with Michalis Pichler, Chiara Figarone, Gloria Glitzer, Paul Soulellis, and Temporary Services

                Independent publishing, art publishing, publishing as artistic practice, publishing counterculture, and the zine, DIY, and POD scenes have proliferated over the last two decades. So too have art book fairs, an increasingly important venue—or even medium—for art(work). Contributors to this anthology will have a conversation around potential issues such as: (artists’) books and publications as alternative mise-en-scene, appropriation, conceptual writing and reading, social context, publishing, and public space, (not-)corrupted economies, POD, internet and (post-)digital publishing, and poetics of the everyday. ︎

4:00—5:00 pm

The Halifax Conference, with Craig Leonard

                In conjunction with the release of his new book The Halifax Conference (New Documents, 2019), artist Craig Leonard will present archival material from the 1970 conference organized by Seth Siegelaub at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. The Conference was conceived as a means of bringing about a “meeting of artists…[from] diverse art making experiences and art positions…in as general a situation as possible.” Infamously, the Conference was held in the college’s boardroom, while students and other interested parties watched the proceedings on a video monitor in a separate space. Attendees at the Conference included Carl Andre, Joseph Beuys, Ronald Bladen, Daniel Buren, Gene Davis, Jan Dibbets, Al Held, Mario Merz, Robert Morris, Robert Murray, N.E.Thing Co. (Iain and Ingrid Baxter), Richard Serra, Richard Smith, Robert Smithson, Michael Snow, and Lawrence Weiner. Presented by New Documents. ︎

5:00—6:00 pm

Published by Lugemik: Printed Matter from 2010–2019, with Indrek Sirkel, Anu Vahtra, Mia Kang, and Lieven Lahaye

                Lugemik is one of the few independent publishing initiatives based in Estonia, founded in 2010 by graphic designer Indrek Sirkel and artist Anu Vahtra and joined by graphic designer Ott Kagovere in 2018. In collaboration with different artists, designers, and theorists, Lugemik has published 83 titles to date. Sirkel and Vahtra will present a book that accompanied a recent exhibition at the Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design, “Published by Lugemik: Printed matter from 2010–2019,” about their publishing practice over the last 10 years. The exhibition included a selection of books and artwork published by Lugemik, providing an overview of how various two- and three-dimensional works, text-based works, and performances have been translated into book format. The presentation will include readings by two contributors of the publication: researcher and PhD student in Art History at Yale University, Mia Kang, and artist, librarian, and publisher Lieven Lahaye. Presented by Lugemik. ︎

5:30–7:00 pm

Our Interference Times, by Michael Stipe, with Douglas Coupland

                Multifaceted artist Michael Stipe will discuss his new book Our Interference Times, an investigation of how analog imagery is crashing on the shores of our digital future. For Stipe, the signature mark of this phenomenon is the moiré pattern. Culled from Stipe’s vast archive of personal images, the book is a contemplation on the tug-of-war between pixels and halftone, between past memory and new memory and their vagaries of representation. Presented by Damiani Editore. ︎

6:00—7:00 pm 

Museum of Capitalism—Expanded 2nd Edition, with FICTILIS, Ben Davis, and Lester K. Spence

                The Museum of Capitalism, now in its third iteration, is a speculative institution that treats capitalism as a historical phenomenon. The Museum views the present and recent past from the implied perspective of a future society in which our economic and political system is memorialized, then subjected to a museological gaze. FICTILIS will discuss the expanded 2nd edition of the book in conversation with Ben Davis and Ingrid Burrington, and artists Maia Chao and Marisa Morán Jahn. Presented by Inventory Press. ︎