Art Spaces Archives Project at CAA 2010 [Press Release]

Posted August 05, 2010 by admin

January 2010

“Alternative Publishing and Distribution Models as Art and Curatorial Practice”

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—Art Spaces Archives Project (AS-AP) announces a panel discussion entitled “Alternative Publishing and Distribution Models as Art and Curatorial Practice,” to be held at the College Art Association’s 98th Annual Conference on Saturday, February 13th, from 12:30-2:00 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago, 151 East Wacker Drive, in the Columbus AB Room on the Gold Level of the East Tower.

Over the past six years Art Spaces Archives Project (AS-AP) has presented panels at the annual College Art Association Conference that have addressed contemporary art related archives by investigating institutional models and identities, institutional holdings, and the organizational histories of living and defunct alternative arts organizations. This year’s panel will examine how artists and curators have expanded the concept of arts venues to include publishing sites as models for the production and exhibition of contemporary art and curatorial practices.

The panel will feature Anthony Elms, Artist / Writer, Assistant Director of Gallery 400 at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Editor of WhiteWalls, a 30-year old Chicago-based art and language journal; James Hoff, Co-founder with Miriam Katzeff of Primary Information, a non-profit organization devoted to printing artist’s books, artist’s writings, out of print publications and editions; and Emily Roysdon, Artist / Writer, and Editor and Co-Founder of the queer feminist journal and artist collective, LTTR. The panel will be moderated by Ann Butler, Project Director of AS-AP, and Director of the Library and Archives at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College.

Founded in 1978, WhiteWalls began as a publication for artists working with language, featuring contributions from many prominent figures in text and language-driven art and concrete poetry. WhiteWalls is now an innovative Chicago-based publisher of fine art titles. Primary Information is a non-profit organization devoted to the printing and in some cases re-publication of select artists’ books, artists’ writings, out-of-print publications and editions such as Real Life Magazine, The Great Bear Pamphlet Series, and long lost recordings of DISBAND, among others. Founded in 2001, LTTR is a feminist genderqueer artist collective with a flexible project oriented practice. LTTR produces an annual independent art journal, performance series, events, screenings and collaborations.

About the Panelists

Anthony Elms is an artist and writer. He is also the Editor of WhiteWalls, and Assistant Director of Gallery 400 at the University of Illinois at Chicago. With WhiteWalls he has curated and/or edited five issues of the journal; fourteen books; the CD Pillow Plays Brotzmann (with Bottrop-Boy); and the 7inch single Filler (with Academy Records). With Gallery 400 he has curated and/or organized ten exhibitions. His writings have appeared in Art Asia Pacific, Art Papers, Artforum,, Cakewalk, Coterie,, Modern Painters, New Art Examiner, and Time Out Chicago. He has also written essays for many catalogs. As an artist, Elms' works have been included in projects exhibited at Boom (Oak Park), Gahlberg Gallery (Glen Ellyn), Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago), Mandrake (Los Angeles), Mess Hall (Chicago), Randolph Street Gallery (Chicago), and VONZWECK (Chicago), among others. Elms has also independently curated many exhibitions, including: Sun Ra, El Saturn & Chicago's Afro-Futurist Underground, 1954-61 (with John Corbett and Terri Kapsalis); Interstellar Low Ways (with Huey Copeland); and Can Bigfoot Get You a Beer? (with Philip von Zweck).

James Hoff is co-founder of Primary Information, a non-profit organization devoted to printing artist’s books, artist’s writings, out of print publications and editions. Primary Information was founded by James Hoff and Miriam Katzeff, who met while working at Printed Matter, a non-profit artist bookstore in New York City. United by their mutual interest in artist publications, they formed Primary Information to foster intergenerational dialogue as well as to aid in the creation of new publications and editions.

Emily Roysdon is a New York and Stockholm based interdisciplinary artist and writer. Her work is invested in language, memory, collectivity and the processes of history, and she uses video, photography, text, and performance to that aim. She is editor and co-founder of the queer feminist journal and artist collective, LTTR. Roysdon's work has been shown at Participant, Inc. (NY); Generali Foundation (Vienna); New Museum (NY); Power Plant (Toronto); and Studio Voltaire (London). Her videos have been screened at Whitechapel Gallery (London); Arsenal: Institut fur Film and Videokunst (Berlin); The Kitchen (NY); and at the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen. Her writings have been published in numerous books and magazines, including Cabinet Magazine, the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest, and Women & Performance: a Journal of Feminist Theory. Roysdon completed the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in 2001 and an Interdisciplinary MFA at UCLA in 2006. For six months in 2008 she was a resident at the International Artists Studio Program in Sweden (IASPIS). She is a recipient of a 2008 Art Matters grant and the 2009 Franklin Furnace grant and she is a contributing member and sometimes performer with the band MEN.

Ann Butler is the Director of the Library and Archives at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College and the Project Director for Arts Spaces Archives Project ( Prior to joining CCS Bard she was Senior Archivist at the Fales Library and Special Collections at New York University where she helped build a collection consisting of over 10,000 linear feet of archival materials relating to the contemporary and performing arts. Before joining Fales, she was the Archivist for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. She has participated in a number of international initiatives focusing on the preservation of cultural heritage materials and she has lectured widely on the preservation and documentation of contemporary arts related archives.

About Art Spaces Archives Project

Art Spaces Archives Project (AS-AP) is a non-profit initiative founded by a consortium of alternative art organizations, including Bomb Magazine, College Art Association, Franklin Furnace Archive, New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), New York State Artist Workspace Consortium, and The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. With funding provided by NYSCA, The National Endowment for the Arts, and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, AS-AP has a mandate to help preserve, present, and protect the archival heritage of living and defunct for- and not-for-profit spaces of the "alternative" or "avant-garde" movements of the 1950s to the present by compiling a national index of alternative arts spaces, assessing preservation needs, and helping to establish best practices for contemporary art related archives. AS-AP's website,, serves as an online resource for information pertaining to collections and repositories containing the archives of the avant-garde, tools to assist in archiving, and other aids for scholars interested in alternative or avant-garde movements.

About the Center for Curatorial Studies

In January 2007 AS-AP merged with the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard. CCS Bard is an exhibition, education, and research center dedicated to the study of art and curatorial practices from the 1960s to the present day. In addition to the CCS Bard Galleries and the newly inaugurated Hessel Museum of Art, CCS Bard houses the Marieluise Hessel Collection of more than 2,000 contemporary works, as well as an extensive library and curatorial archive that are accessible to the general public. The Center’s two-year graduate program in curatorial studies is specifically designed to deepen students’ understanding of the intellectual and practical tasks of curating contemporary art. Exhibitions are presented year-round in the CCS Bard Galleries and Hessel Museum of Art, providing students with the opportunity to work with world-renowned artists and curators. The exhibition program and the collection also serve as the basis for a wide-range of public programs and activities exploring art and its role in contemporary society.

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