Event — Volume Number · On Artists’ Publications

Prin­ted Mat­ter at 7 Lis­penard St., circa 1980. Cour­tesy Prin­ted Mat­ter & Sarah Longacre

Triple Can­opy and Prin­ted Mat­ter, Inc. present Volume Num­ber, a dis­cus­sion of the past, present, and future of artists’ pub­lic­a­tions at Dia:Chelsea in New York… The con­ver­sa­tion will take as its start­ing point Gwen Allen’s recent book Artists’ Magazines: An Altern­at­ive Space for Art (MIT Press), which sur­veys Amer­ic­an and European artists’ pub­lic­a­tions from the 1960s to the 1980s. Allen will give a brief present­a­tion of this his­tory, which will be fol­lowed by a dis­cus­sion of its rela­tion­ship with a vari­ety of con­tem­por­ary pub­lish­ing pro­jects, from mul­ti­me­dia journ­als to gen­er­at­ive archives to e-books. Par­ti­cipants include Paul Chan (Bad­lands Unlim­ited), Angie Keefer (The Serving Lib­rary), Matt Kee­gan (==), Dav­id Platzker (Spe­cif­ic Object), and Colby Cham­ber­lain (Triple Can­opy), who will mod­er­ate. Related books and oth­er mater­i­als by the par­ti­cipants will be avail­able for pur­chase at the event.

Volume Num­ber will be pre­ceded by a book launch for Allen at Prin­ted Mat­ter, Inc., 195 Tenth Aven­ue, on Fri­day, June 10th from 6 to 8 pm.

Gwen Allen is a writer, research­er, and assist­ant pro­fess­or of art his­tory at San Fran­cisco State Uni­ver­sity. Her book Artists’ Magazines: An Altern­at­ive Space for Art was pub­lished by MIT Press in March.

Paul Chan is an artist and the founder of Bad­lands Unlim­ited, a pub­lish­ing ven­ture, which recently released the e-book Wait­ing for Godot in New Orleans: A Field Guide with Cre­at­ive Time.

Angie Keefer is co-founder of The Serving Lib­rary, with Dav­id Rein­furt and Stu­art Bailey, a non­profit artists‹ organ­iz­a­tion rooted in a body of work ini­ti­ated by Dex­ter Sinister’s pub­lic­a­tion Dot Dot Dot, and ded­ic­ated to pub­lish­ing and archiv­ing in a con­tinu­ous loop.

Matt Kee­gan is an artist who lives and works in New York. He was the co-found­ing edit­or of North Drive Press (2003 – 2010), and is the co-founder of the forth­com­ing magazine ==, along with Susan Barber. An exhib­i­tion of Keegan’s work is cur­rently on view at D’Amelio Ter­ras.

Dav­id Platzker is the founder of Spe­cif­ic Object, “a per­son­al ven­ture to aggreg­ate inter­est­ing objects in any artist­ic medi­um,” and a former dir­ect­or of Prin­ted Mat­ter, Inc. He is the cur­at­or the upcom­ing exhib­i­tions »Spe­cif­ic Object Presents Lawrence Weiner’s Prin­ted Work from The Jean-Noël Her­lin Archive,« and »Robert Barry, Closed Gal­lery Redux — Dur­ing the exhib­i­tion the gal­lery will be closed,” both of which are col­lab­or­a­tions with Susan Ing­lett Gal­lery and will open this sum­mer.

Dia:Chelsea
535 West 22nd Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY

June 11th, 2011 at 6 pm