Toronto Art Book Fair
Jun
15
Jun 18

Toronto Art Book Fair

  • Artscape Youngplace

We will be participating in the Toronto Art Book Fair this year, featuring Moonwork by A-lan Holt and How to Make A Hood by La Keisha Leek. 

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THE TORONTO ART BOOK FAIR | TOABF IS A FREE PUBLIC EVENT TAKING PLACE JUNE 15TH - 18TH 2017 AT ARTSCAPE YOUNGPLACE. THE FAIR FEATURES CURATED EXHIBITIONS, 80 CANADIAN AND INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITORS, AND COMMUNITY PROGRAMMING THAT INCLUDES PANEL DISCUSSIONS, READINGS, TALKS, LAUNCHES, AND WORKSHOPS. NOW IN ITS SECOND YEAR, TOABF 2017 WILL SHOWCASE HUNDREDS OF NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS, PUBLISHERS, SMALL PRESSES, ARCHIVES, GALLERIES, CRITICS, DESIGNERS, CURATORS, BOOKMAKERS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS.

THE TORONTO ART BOOK FAIR IS DEDICATED TO INCREASING THE VISIBILITY, DISSEMINATION, APPRECIATION, AND UNDERSTANDING OF THE ARTIST'S BOOK AND ITS CONTEMPORARY MANIFESTATIONS WITHIN THE VISUAL ARTS FIELD IN TORONTO AND ABROAD. INDEPENDENT ARTISTIC PRINT CULTURE HAS A RICH NARRATIVE IN CANADIAN ART HISTORY, AND IS AN OFTEN OVERLOOKED ASPECT OF CANADIAN CULTURAL IDENTITY. THE GOAL OF TOABF IS TO HIGHLIGHT THESE PERSONAL AND COLLECTIVE STORIES, AND ELEVATE THE ARTISTIC INTEGRITY OF ARTISTS’ BOOKS BY PRESENTING ARTISTS’ BOOKS, MULTIPLES, AND PRINTED MATTER TO A WIDE AUDIENCE.

THE ONGOING VISION FOR TOABF IS TO REPRESENT THE DIVERSITY OF CULTURAL PRODUCTION AND CREATIVE EXPRESSION. THE THEMATIC FOCUS FOR TOABF 2017 IS: ARCHIVES AND ALTERNATIVE NARRATIVES.

Philadelphia Art Book Fair
May
5
May 6

Philadelphia Art Book Fair

  • Twelve 27

Co-presented by Philadelphia Photo Arts Center and The Print Center, the Philadelphia Art Book Fair 2017 is a two-day event, which showcases a wide range of exhibitors, from large and small photography and art book publishers to individual artists and institutions, local, national and international.

Entrance to the Philadelphia Art Book Fair is free, open to the public and fully accessible.

Photographing Black Life — Cecil McDonald, Jr. & Dawoud Bey
Apr
29
12:00 pm12:00

Photographing Black Life — Cecil McDonald, Jr. & Dawoud Bey

  • Ferguson Hall — Art Institute of Chicago
  • Members: $12
  • Public: $15
  • Students and Teachers: $10

Cecil McDonald, Jr. is trying to right what he sees as a representational wrong: depictions of black people as either victims or heroes. His award-winning photographs focus on capturing the “extraordinarily ordinary” contours of black life. His debut monograph In the Company of Black, depicts artists, business owners, and teachers conducting their lives in the spaces they have created for themselves. McDonald is joined by famed photographer Dawoud Bey for a probing presentation of the way photography can diminish or enhance our experience of others.

A book signing will follow this program.

The annual Richard Gray Visual Art Series recognizes a significant gift from founding CHF board member and distinguished art dealer Richard Gray. This program is presented in partnership with the Art Institute of Chicago.

PRESENTERS:

Cecil McDonald Jr. uses photography, video, and text to explore masculinity, familial relations, and the artistic pursuits of Black culture. McDonald received his MFA in Photography at Columbia College Chicago, where he is an adjunct professor. He has works in the permanent collection of The Cleveland Museum of Art, Chicago Bank of America LaSalle Collection, and the Harris Bank Collection. He’s received the Joyce Foundation Midwest Voices & Visions Award, the Artadia Award, and the 3Arts Teaching Artist Award. In the Company of Black, his debut monograph, is due for spring 2017.

Dawoud Bey began his photography career in 1975 in Harlem, New York. His debut exhibition, "Harlem, USA" opened at the Studio Museum in Harlem in 1979. His photographs have been displayed in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Bibliothèque nationale de France in Paris and the Whitney Museum of American Art. A twenty-year survey of his photographs was organized by the Walker Art Center in 1995, which toured museums throughout the United States and Great Britain through 1998. He is represented by galleries in Chicago, New York, and Stockholm, Sweden.

'In the Company of Black' by Cecil McDonald, Jr. — Book Release at Filter Photo
Apr
28
6:00 pm18:00

'In the Company of Black' by Cecil McDonald, Jr. — Book Release at Filter Photo

  • Filter Photo

In the Company of Black is a book of photographs by multi-disciplinary artist Cecil McDonald Jr. For the past seven years, McDonald has developed a body of work focused on what he describes as “extraordinarily ordinary” people: educators, artists, administrators, business owners, teachers, and students, “I’m bringing together images of Black people who represent everyday folks.” Complemented with an essay by Tempestt Hazel and poems by avery r. young, McDonald’s In the Company of Black addresses and responds to the vast inaccuracies of Black humanity depicted within American society.

“When it comes to Black people, America is fascinated with extreme poles: either showing victims of violence, pain, and poverty (Black misery) or famous athletes and entertainers, and icons of popular culture (Black exceptionalism). This false dichotomy denies Black people the individuality and full spectrum of humanity that is so readily offered to the white population in this country. The photographs that I’ve been making ask the question: where are the people who make up the space in between? Here they are, they are important, they must be seen!” — Cecil McDonald, Jr. on In the Company of Black. 

Published by Candor Arts in a handmade artist book edition of 100 copies, In the Company of Black will be released on April 28th at Filter Photo; a larger softcover edition is scheduled to release in the Fall of 2017. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Artist will share a few words on the project and there will be a reading of some texts from the book.

 

Cecil McDonald Jr. uses photography, video, and text to explore the intersections of masculinity, familial relations, and the artistic and intellectual pursuits of Black culture. McDonald studied fashion, house music, and dance club culture before receiving an MFA in Photography at Columbia College Chicago, where he currently serves as an adjunct professor and a teaching artist at the Center for Community Arts Partnerships. His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, with works in the permanent collection of The Cleveland Museum of Art, Chicago Bank of America LaSalle Collection, and the Harris Bank Collection. He was awarded the: Joyce Foundation Midwest Voices & Visions Award, the Artadia Award, The Swiss Benevolent Society, Lucerne, Switzerland, Residency and the 3Arts Teaching Artist Award. McDonald participated in Light Work’s Artist-in-Residence program in July 2013. Most recently, McDonald completed the DCASE residency where he began work on his most recent body of work Cuts and Beats, a project that montages performance photography from the floors of dance festivals and nightclubs with late 19th-century imagery from stage and theater advertisements, sheet music covers, and celebrity portraiture.

Clamshell Box-Making Workshop at Filter Photo
Mar
19
12:00 pm12:00

Clamshell Box-Making Workshop at Filter Photo

  • Filter Photo Space

Part of the Making It Work series, this workshop is focused on learning the construction of a clamshell portfolio box. Clamshell boxes can be customized to hold just about anything, but they are especially great for a clean professional presentation and solid protective housing for portfolio prints. Each participant will choose from a variety of book cloths and construct a clamshell box that has an 8.5 x 11″ tray size. Through this workshop, participants will learn the skills and steps necessary to make custom clamshell boxes of any size to enhance their professional presentation.

 

This workshop is limited to 8 students and registration includes the cost of materials.
 
Image © Matt Austin of artist Mariah Karson’s clamshell box

ART PARTY: March On
Mar
10
7:00 pm19:00

ART PARTY: March On

  • Lacuna Artist Lofts

We'll have a table at this event and will be selling our books!

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MUSIC, DRINKS, POP UP SHOPS & ART TOURS

Join us at Lacuna Artist Lofts for ART PARTY, our monthly second Friday art opening!

This month's feature, MARCH ON, is a building-wide open house and juried craft fair! Featuring 20 individuals & businesses with a DIY attitude who are excited to showcase their original artwork, products, and services in a creative, pop-up style event.

As always, enjoy a Self-guided tour, and help yourself to the 5 floors of curated public spaces, with new murals in and outside of the building.

Reception for 'How to Make A Hood' Book Release
Mar
4
6:00 pm18:00

Reception for 'How to Make A Hood' Book Release

  • In House

Join us at In House to celebrate the recent release of 'How to Make A Hood' compiled by La Keisha Leek. 

Books will be available for purchase, drinks and snacks will be served, and La Keisha will share a few words about the project.

RSVP Here.
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About the publication: 

'How to Make A Hood' is a published extension of an exhibition unfolding a wide canon of stereotypes that foster misconceptions as they relate to Black bodies and their environments. The artists in this exhibition produce works that explore the multi-faceted characteristics of the word ‘hood’ in some fashion: a slang term for a Black neighborhood; a suffix in cultural theory concepts like 'objecthood,' 'personhood,' 'negrohood;' and Trayvon Martin's hoodie, which, along with his being an objectified young Black male, served as a signifier in an act of radical injustice.

Contributors include: Rashayla Marie Brown, Ashley J. Finigan, Amir George, Allison Glenn, James T. Green, Eboni Hawkins, Caroline Kent, Emily Hooper Lansana, Tony Lewis, Jasmine Murrell, Eliza Myrie, Jacqueline Najuma Stewart, Casey Winkleman, Avery R. Young. 

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About La Keisha Leek:

La Keisha Leek is the Exhibitions and Community Programs Manager at Mana Contemporary Chicago. As an independent collaborator and exhibition-maker, select projects include: The Petty Biennial, the Arts Incubator in Washington Park (2017); Yelling At the Sky, Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation (2016); an Artistic Producer, the 4th annual Chicago Home Theater Festival (2016); Closer Still, Chicago Artists Coalition (2015); Another Plan, Terrain Exhibitions and Terrain South (2015); How to Make A Hood, the Arts Incubator in Washington Park (2014). From 2012-2015, she was the Executive Administrator and Special Projects Manager to artist Theaster Gates where she coordinated many artist-led programs and research residencies with artists such as Leslie Hewitt and Bethany Collins, and was Curatorial Assistant for Retreat co-organized by Theaster Gates and Hamza Walker at Richard Gray Gallery. She has held other position with artist Maria Gaspar and Open Engagement, a conference dedicated to the field of socially engaged art. She was a 2014-2015 Chicago Artists Coalition Curatorial Resident, 2016 Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation Curatorial Fellow; 2016 participant of Independent Curators International's Curatorial Intensive in Dakar, Senegal; and 2017 Arts + Public Life Curatorial Collective Resident with Sadie Woods. She received her BA in Art History from Columbia College Chicago.

Hashbrown Chili Cook-Off
Feb
25
6:00 pm18:00

Hashbrown Chili Cook-Off

  • Spudnik Press

Chicago has a long connection with chili, beginning with The San Antonio Chili Stand, in operation at the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago. (This was one of the first venues introducing chili to a national audience.) In keeping with that history, Spudnik Press is pleased to announce for a seventh year running, the 2017 Annual Chili Cook-Off. The 2017 event will be introducing new swag; “the Spud Mug”, plus discounted tickets for kids and unlimited free carnival games.

Artist's Book Fair @ The Pitch Project
Feb
4
10:00 am10:00

Artist's Book Fair @ The Pitch Project

  • The Pitch Project

The Pitch Project Artist’s Book Fair will gather local and regional artists, designers, and makers alike to showcase and celebrate all forms of book as object and art form.  Featuring individual artist publications, independent publishers, zines, presses, collectives, and curators.

Publishing, Bookmaking, Storytelling
Oct
13
12:30 pm12:30

Publishing, Bookmaking, Storytelling

  • Harmony House

The Stanford Institute for Diversity in the Arts and Stanford Career Education BEAM: Bridging Education, Ambition & Meaningful Work presents lunch and conversation with Matt Austin, founder and director of Candor Arts. Candor Arts designs, handcrafts, and publishes books that focus on living, learning, and healing. Recent releases include Moonwork by A-lan Holt (‘11) and De by Victor Yañez-Lazcano (MFA ‘18). Austin will speak candidly about the nuts and bolts of publishing, how artists move from ideas to finished product, the elegance of handmade books, as well as intimate stories of finding purpose in the workplace. Event is free and open to the public. Lunch is provided.

Candor: The quality of being open and honest in expression.


Matt Austin is an artist, educator, and publisher based in Chicago, IL. He is the founder and director of  Candor Arts, a press that focuses on life, learning, and healing. The output of Austin's creative practice ranges widely in form, but share a focus on the importance of honesty and learning from others. Inspired by failure and often motivated by fear, he demonstrates his enthusiasm for living by trying things out. Austin currently teaches at the School of the Arts Institute of Chicago. 

'Moonwork' Reading + Signing
Sep
18
3:00 pm15:00

'Moonwork' Reading + Signing

  • Visitor Welcome Center

Candor Arts is thrilled to announce the softcover release of 'Moonwork,' a publication written by prolific and compassionate poet and playwright A-lan Holt. 

Please join us on September 18, 3pm at Visitor Welcome Center to celebrate the release in the poet's hometown, Los Angeles.

Books will be available for purchase and refreshments will be served.

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3pm — Readings by the author from 'Moonwork'
4pm — Author in conversation + Q&A

Reading by Moonrise: A-lan Holt & Dana Johnson
Sep
16
6:00 pm18:00

Reading by Moonrise: A-lan Holt & Dana Johnson

  • Bowtie Project

Join us at the Bowtie Project for an evening around the fire while authors A-lan Holt and Dana Johnson read new and favorite works as the full moon rises over the LA River.  This event will feature a special performance by Nevenka, an Eastern European folk ensemble.

Guests are encouraged to bring picnic items. S’mores will be provided between readings.

Reading By Moonrise is a fireside reading series held at the Bowtie Project on the eve of the full moon.

A-lan Holt is a poet and playwright who imagines new worlds for intimate audiences. A former writer at the Public Theater in New York City, Holt’s newest play The Bottom of Heaven was developed starring Lupita Nyong’o and Tonya Pinkins. Holt currently serves as the Associate Director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts (IDA) at Stanford University. At IDA she develops curriculum and experiences that explore the relationship between art practice, spiritual practice and social justice. This year, Holt will premiere two new works: Moonwork, a collection of poetry published by Candor Arts and Inamorata, a new film produced by TRUE MVMNT.

Dana Johnson is the author of the short story collection In the Not Quite Dark, recently released by Counterpoint Press. She is also the author of Break Any Woman Down, winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, and the novel Elsewhere, California. Both books were nominees for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. Her work has appeared in The Paris Review, Callaloo, The Iowa Review and Huizache, among others, and anthologized in Watchlist: 32 Stories by Persons of InterestShaking the Tree: A Collection of New Fiction and Memoir by Black Women, and California Uncovered: Stories for the 21st Century. Born and raised in and around Los Angeles, she is a professor of English at the University of Southern California.

Nevenka is a Los Angeles-based women’s folk chorus performing songs from Eastern Europe. Nevenka’s repertoire includes songs from Bulgaria, Macedonia, Croatia, Albania, Russia, Greece, and Georgia, as well as Ladino Sephardic and Rom (Gypsy) songs. The group was formed in 1976 by women who shared a common interest in the complex harmonies and compelling rhythms typical in Balkan music. Very much in the Eastern European tradition, Nevenka includes women of all ages making music together.

Book release of 'de' by Victor Yañez-Lazcano
Jul
30
2:00 pm14:00

Book release of 'de' by Victor Yañez-Lazcano

  • Bracket Studios

ON DE, WORDS FROM THE AUTHOR:

de, which is Spanish for “of” or “from” is an ongoing body of photographic work that explores my family’s identity in the United States as it grows into a second generation of citizens. Predominantly settled in the Midwest, my family has grown to over 100 individuals, many of whom I have yet to meet, spanning a diverse socioeconomic spectrum with varying degrees of assimilation. In 2009, inspired by the myriad of oral histories, I began to document the members of my family and re-imagine narratives of transition as a way to better understand the social implications of our Mexican-American identity. Veiled in new traditions and sometimes accompanied by thick accents, my family’s brief history in the United States has allowed for me to witness a cultural shift that I believe is unique to the rural Midwestern Mexican immigrant experience.  

Artist Book Release of 'Moonwork' by A-lan Holt
Jun
26
9:00 pm21:00

Artist Book Release of 'Moonwork' by A-lan Holt

  • In House

Candor Arts is thrilled to announce the release of 'Moonwork,
a publication written by prolific and compassionate poet and playwright A-lan Holt

Please join us on June 26 to celebrate the release of the first edition handmade artist book of Holt's debut literary publication 'Moonwork.' 

Books will be available for purchase and refreshments will be served.
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4pm — Writing Workshop inspired by Audre Lorde's seminal essay, Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power
7pm — Readings by the author will begin

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This first edition of 28 handmade artist books are 7.25" x 7.5" hardcover, hand-bound books that comprise 100 pages of poetry. 

Copies from this handmade edition will be available for $120. 

Pre-orders for the softcover edition of 'Moonwork' will be available as well for $20, and scheduled for release in October 2016. 

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MOONWORK by A-lan Holt:

Comprised of poems from 2011-2014, 'Moonwork' carries us on a journey of personal growth through the spectrum of love and its all-consuming qualities of comfort and concern, vulnerable states of bliss and pain, and the powerful transformation that takes place when love is embraced most deeply. Moonwork is a book about cycles.

A deeply personal collection about the state of being interconnected with another human being; the poems in this book, written in real-time, are portraits of a poet rising and falling in love.

Words from the author:

"In 2011, I received a prompt: “Invest a narrative in someone you do not know.” A few days later I met someone. That morning, I began to write him poems. Wild how creativity conspires, ‘cause our relationship would break. open. my. world… and I would write it all down. The poems are vestiges of the most intimate moments we spent together; bodies attempting to make the moon work in our favor..."

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A-lan Holt is an artist whose work imagines new worlds for intimate audiences. The landscapes of her written and visual work root itself in themes of loss, love, and utopian desires. From here, she crafts stories about humans and their spiritual relationship with other humans, particularly during moments of upheaval and transformation.

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Learn more: 

A-lan Holthttp://a-lan.me/

Candor Artshttp://candorarts.com/

HtMAH at LAABF with Black Lives Matter
Feb
13
1:00 pm13:00

HtMAH at LAABF with Black Lives Matter

  • Geffen Contemporary at MOCA

As part of the panel series The Art of Movement Building organized by Black Lives MatterLa Keisha Leek will lead a discussion around the concepts covered in How to Make A Hood. 

How to Make A Hood unfolds a wide canon of stereotypes that foster misconceptions as they relate to black bodies and their environments. The artists in this catalogue produce works that explore the multi-faceted characteristics of the word ‘hood’ in some fashion: a slang term for a black neighborhood; a suffix in cultural theory concepts like 'objecthood,' 'personhood,' 'negrohood;' and Trayvon Martin's hoodie, which, along with his being an objectified young black male, served as a signifier in an act of radical injustice.

'How to Make A Hood' Catalogue Release
Aug
8
3:00 pm15:00

'How to Make A Hood' Catalogue Release

  • Arts Incubator

One year after the exhibition 'How to Make A Hood', curator La Keisha Leek celebrates the release of the catalogue by inviting contributors to participate in a public panel to revisit the exhibition’s work and themes. Panel 3–5 pm; wine reception 5 pm.