A view of the Press Press tables at NY Art Book Fair 2018 (photo Hrag Vartanian/Hyperallergic)

The indefatigable NY Art Book Fair presented by Printed Matter returns for a 14th entry at the Museum of Modern Art PS1 this weekend, showcasing the work of 353 exhibitors — including 135 international and 50 first-time exhibitors, the fair confirmed to Hyperallergic. The events will be spread between a paid kick-off event on Thursday night, followed by the free fair from Friday to Sunday. Here are just a few of the highlights that caught our eye as we browsed the full schedule of signings, launches, workshops, exhibitions, performances, and more

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NY Art Book Fair poster (image courtesy Printer Matter)

The ticketed opening night event on Thursday night at 6 pm is a chance to explore the fair first, as well as see live performances from Afuma, Hairbone, and 2 Bridges DJs, presented by Blank Forms. Your $20 ticket (free for Printed Matter Members) also gets you “sorry zero, sorry not sorry” — a limited-edition eraser by artist Christine Sun Kim produced for the event. Tickets are available for purchase online until 12 pm EST, September 19, 2019 and at the door, before they sell out.

Scheduled for Friday, at 1 pm, one of the “Classroom” informal lecture events that looks especially interesting is the “second shelf: shelf talk #8″ event by Heide Hinrichs. Hinrichs’ second shelf group 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.” The second shelf project is fascinating, and is basically a new effort to collect these books in the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. The discussion promises to expound upon the project with “care and attention.”

Through the weekend, Free Black Women’s Library will be on the scene and also leading workshops in the MoMA PS1 courtyard. This trading-based, mobile interactive library holds over 1,200 books written by Black women, as well as workshops, performances, film screenings, performative readings, book talks and radical conversation. All you need to do is bring another book written by a Black woman if you’d like to trade in.

Through the weekend, French BATT Coop nonprofit will present ‘Till the Last Gasp’, A Graphzine History 1975-2005,  which sounds absolutely spectacular. In France in the 1970s, “Graphzines” — sort of the like Fort Thunder-style zines later produced in the United States in the underground comix communities of Providence, Rhode Island, and elsewhere — responded to the contemporary punk-rock movement and earlier underground free press movements of the ’60s. According to press materials, “a collection of over 300 zines, books, and silkscreen posters from 1975-2005,” paired with counterparts from the Fort Thunder comix that later became transantlantic collaborations.

Check out printedmatterartbookfairs.org for more information.

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When: Preview on Thursday, September 19, 6–9 pm, followed by afterparty; Friday, September 20, 1–7 pm, followed by dance party; Saturday, September 21, 11 am–8 pm; Sunday, September 22, 11 am–7 pm
Where: The Museum of Modern Art PS1 (22–25 Jackson Avenue on 46th Avenue, Long Island City, Queens)

Note: This post has been updated with additional exhibitor information.

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