ForYourArt and Mexico City-based Biblioteca Alumnos47 will host Artists’ Books and Cookies, a one-day event devoted to artists’ books at ForYourArt’s 6020 Wilshire Blvd. activity space. Artists’ Books and Cookies will feature presentations by contemporary artists, historians, curators, and critics on topics related to the production, history, and future of artists’ books.
To accompany the discussions, Top Chef Masters Judge and LAist Food Editor Krista Simmons will select cookies from across Los Angeles to present throughout the day to encourage mingling and dialogue. The event will bring academic minds, artistic talents, and people simply curious about artists’ books together for these formal and informal exchanges, which will be streamed live by KCHUNG Radio.
Artists’ Books and Cookies will kick-off with a lecture by scholar Johanna Drucker, a professor at UCLA, author of the groundbreaking study The Century of Artists’ Books (Granary Books, 1995), and a book artist herself.
The event will continue with a series of presentations by artists, each invited by a member of the Los Angeles art community to speak about recent book projects. Participants include: Mark Allen, Lisa Anne Auerbach, Andrew Berardini and Sarah Williams, Dagny Corcoran, Akina Cox, Morgan Fisher, Emi Fontana, Cesar Garcia, Rita Gonzalez, Natilee Harren, William E. Jones, Brian Kennon, Chris Lipomi, Aram Moshayedi, Carter Mull, Laura Owens, Brian Roettinger, Christopher Russell, Ed Schad, Mary Weatherford, and Jesse Willenbring.
Through these conversations, Artists’ Books and Cookies will provide a platform to discuss the definition of an artist book and the medium of artists’ books within today's contemporary art landscape. Topics include: Has the innovation and promise of book projects from the 1960s played itself out? Could the 21st Century be the century of the artist book and of the art object’s democratization?
List of all current participants (with affiliations):
Mark Allen (Machine Project), Lisa Anne Auerbach (artist), Andrew Berardini and Sarah Williams (The Art Book Review), Dagny Corcoran (Art Catalogues at LACMA), Akina Cox (artist), Morgan Fisher (artist), Emi Fontana (West of Rome Public Art), Cesar Garcia (independent curator), Rita Gonzalez (LACMA), Natilee Harren (curator), William E. Jones (artist), Brian Kennon (2nd Cannons), Chris Lipomi (artist), Aram Moshayedi (REDCAT; P & Co.), Carter Mull (artist), Laura Owens (artist), Brian Roettinger (graphic designer), Christopher Russell (artist), Ed Schad (I Call it Oranges), Mary Weatherford (artist), and Jesse Willenbring (artist).
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Detailed schedule information:
11:00 am - 8:00 pm