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Books published by DoubleCross Press on offer at the 2017 edition of the IPK Print Fair (courtesy the organizers)

The proliferation of artists’ book and zine fairs continues apace, but none has quite the combination of being both diversity-driven and geographically constrained as the IPK Print Fest, a project launched last year under the auspices of New York University’s Institute for Public Knowledge. For its second edition, taking place this Saturday, participants include: the itinerant, Southeast Queens-based library and bookshop J. Expressions; the zines and comix series Homos in Herstory; the artist-centric curatorial and publishing project Endless Editions; and the entertaining yet practical educational pamphlet series Brain Washing From Phone Towers.

In addition to the bread and butter of the fair — artists, poets, essayists, and publishers plying their wares — IPK Print Fest boasts some promising public programming. In the morning, MC Hyland of DoubleCross Press will lead a conversation with Felipe Ignacio Becerra, Sarah Nicholls, and Brian Teare about developing alternative exchange systems for poetry and other printed arts, beyond cold hard cash. And in the afternoon poet Amber Atiya will lead a book-making workshop — so if you somehow don’t find anything that piques your interest among the books on offer, you’ll be well on your way to making your own.

When: Saturday, May 12, 11am–4pm (free)
Where: 20 Cooper Square (Greenwich Village, Manhattan)

Attendees at the 2017 edition of the IPK Print Fair edition of the IPK Print Fair (courtesy the organizers)

More info at the IPK Print Fest.

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Benjamin Sutton

Benjamin Sutton is an art critic, journalist, and curator who lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn. His articles on public art, artist documentaries, the tedium of art fairs, James Franco's obsession with Cindy Sherman, and other divisive issues have...