Contemporary Artists’ Books Conference


New York City | October 2-3 2009

In collaboration with Printed Matter’s NY Art Book Fair, the Art Libraries Society of New York (ARLIS/NY) announces a conference on contemporary artists’ books. The program will include speakers, panels,
artists’ presentations, and receptions, all focused on recent developments in artists’ books. Sessions this year concern zines, data-oriented artists’ books, print on demand, and criticism. These and other themes are intended to encourage dialog amongst scholars, collectors, publishers, artists, and librarians.

The Conference will be held on the third floor of P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in Long Island City, Queens. For session descriptions, a full list of speakers, on-line ticketing, and information about the NY Art Book Fair, see

SESSIONS and moderators

Keynote: Maria Eichhorn and Seth Siegelaub in Conversation With Christophe Cherix

Is Print Really Dead? Artists (Still) Making Books | Carol Rusk

Furthering the Critical Dialogue | Tony White

Zines : Institutional Collecting, Zine Makers, and the Fine Line of Art | Deirdre Lawrence and Ryan Haley

Empirical Experience: The Artist, Information, and the Book | Bernard Yenelouis, organized by Matthew Carson

Print On Demand First-Hand | Jennifer Tobias


$100: Conference Pass to 6 conference sessions + entrance to Printed Matter benefit + Benefit Ticket Edition by Tom Sachs + a bonus edition commissioned by the conference (artist TBA).

$20: individual pass to any one of six conference sessions.

To arrange payment by check, please contact Printed Matter by phone at


Kate Adler, Frick Art Reference Library
AA Bronson, Printed Matter, Inc.
Matthew Carson
Deirdre Donohue, International Center for Photography Library
Ryan Haley, New York Public Library
Milan Hughston, Museum of Modern Art Library
Catherine Krudy, Printed Matter, Inc.
Deirdre Lawrence, Brooklyn Museum Library
James Mitchell
Christina Peter, ARLIS/NY President
Faith Pleasanton
Carol Rusk, Whitney Museum Library
David Senior, Museum of Modern Art Library
Jennifer Tobias, Museum of Modern Art Library
Tony White, Indiana University Library


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