The Living Collection
Friday 10 January 2014, from 8 – 10 pm at PrintRoom
Charlotte Cheetham (independend curator, Manystuff)
Arnaud Desjardin (publisher The Everyday Press)
David Senior (bibliographer at the MoMA library)
How is artists’ printed matter collected and archived and how can such collections and archives be active, lively hubs of information and education for the medium, serving the specialist as well as the general public?
PrintRoom invited three key players in the field of independent artists’ publishing for a talk on collecting as an activity that moves beyond the limits of creating an archive. Each is a specialist in collecting printed matter and/or information on printed matter and archiving this in some physical or virtual format. Each in their own way extends their role as a collector by creating public projects and situations with and within the medium.
Charlotte Cheetham is a French independent curator. Her work concerns the field of graphic design and its dialogues with art, editorial and curatorial activities.
Her practice consists of creating exhibitions, printed matter and workshops with a focus on relevant topics and questions.
In 2012 she curated the video self-portrait series Slide Shows, with portraits of publishers, artists, designers, booksellers and others working in the field of independent publishing. Slide Shows is commisioned by Fillip.
Manystuff.org, the blog she launched in 2006, promotes a transversal and adventurous approach to graphic design, that comes closely with art, curatorial practices, publishing practices, etc.
Publisher, book dealer, artist and writer, Arnaud Desjardin runs The Everyday Press, an imprint for artist’s publications. Working in collaboration with other artists, curators and writers he facilitates the materialization and dissemination of books, pamphlets and other printed matter. He recently published a rambling reference book on books and reference material about artist’s books released since the early 1970s: The Book on Books on Artists Books.
David Senior is Bibliographer at The Museum of Modern Art Library. He manages collection development of the general holdings of the library as well as the selection of materials for the artists’ books collection. He also regularly organizes exhibitions of MoMA library material. Recent exhibitions have included Scenes from Zagreb: Artists’ Publications of the New Art Practice (2011), Millennium Magazines (2012), an exhibition of contemporary artists’ magazines and Please Come to the Show (2013), a two-part exhibition of special invitation cards and event flyers from the library’s ephemera collections. His writing has recently appeared in Frieze, Bulletins of the Serving Library, A Prior and C Magazine. For the past six years, he has published an artist’s book series through Printed Matter, which includes publications by Dexter Sinister, David Horvitz, Emily Roysdon, Aaron Flint Jamison, Triin Tamm and Eve Fowler.
For the NY Art Book Fair David Senior organises The Classroom, a curated series of conversations, readings and various other events providing an informal venue for artists, writers and publishers to feature current projects and perform their publications.
David Senior was invited to the Netherlands by the Dutch Art Institute, in the framework of Publishing class. PrintRoom wishes to thank the DAI and Casco for sharing their guest with us.
Publishing Class, an imprint of DAI Publications, a collection of artists’ books jointly published by the DAI and CasCo – Office for Art, Design and Theory in collaboration with the Werkplaats Typografie.