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It seems that zines, periodicals, and small presses have become more visible and popular despite, or even because of, the internet. On the one hand, publishers are using digital platforms for archiving their materials and reaching wider audiences; on the other, our digitally oriented lives have left us with a craving and special appreciation for physical projects.
This Thursday through Saturday, May 11–13, the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University is hosting “Summoning the Archive,” a three-day symposium and festival dedicated to printed matter and digital archiving. Organized by Meghan Forbes, a visiting scholar at the institute and founder of the small press harlequin creature, the event positions periodicals and magazines as “a leading platform for social and political engagement, and artistic innovation.” You can learn more about the political history of independent printed projects at the symposium, where there’ll be panels dedicated to radical collage and feminist and queer periodicals from the ’60s and ’70s.
The programming will culminate on Saturday with the print fest, which includes a rich range of exhibitors. I’m especially looking forward to checking out J. Expressions, a pop-up library that spotlights art and writing from southeast Queens, and La Liga Zine, which publishes writing about cultural identity by Latinxs, Chicanxs, and Latin Americans.
When: Symposium: Thursday, May 11–Saturday, May 13; Print Fest: Saturday, May 13, 2–5pm
Where: 20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor (East Village, Manhattan)
More info here.
This week, LA’s new Academy Museum, the intersections of anti-Blackness and anti-fatness, a largely unknown 19th century Black theater in NYC, sign language interpreters, and more.
Titian’s paintings are masterpieces, with all the complications of the term.
Through “Historic Site,” an 8-foot-tall plaque and Historic Sight, a year-long rotating exhibition in Pittsburgh, the Black Cube Fellows investigate how history is constructed, remembered, and retold.
Lawson’s images, and the ways that she has discussed her process, seem to be actively reproducing the kind of big-dick energy power dynamics of White male artists who also claim mastery over their subject matter.
Jenkins’s new short film, the centerpiece of a MoMI exhibit on The Underground Railroad, uses his signature techniques to confront the viewer.
Romanticism to Ruin: Two Lost Works of Sullivan and Wright memorializes Chicago’s Garrick Theatre and Buffalo’s Larkin Building, which were razed to build a parking lot and a truck stop.