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Publishing Performance: A Lecture by David Senior

Nov 15 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM


511 Building - Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design

Shipley/Collins Mediatheque

Free and Open to the Public


511 NW Broadway
Portland, Oregon, 97209   [map]

In conjunction with Projects for the Page, please join us on November 15th for Publishing Performance, a lecture by David Senior.

Senior will talk about artists’ publications and contemporary art history, introducing a selection of historical artists’ books, magazines and ephemera that reflect experiments with performance and the various ways that these published works were used to communicate and distribute these new art practices. The examples will come from some recent exhibitions that Senior has curated and the library collections where he has worked.

David Senior is the Head of Library and Archives at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Formerly he was the Senior Bibliographer at the Museum of Modern Art Library in New York City. At MoMA, he was responsible for developing the Library’s collection, especially its esteemed artists’ books collection. Senior also curated many exhibitions of MoMA Library materials, including Back in Time with Time-Based Works: Artists’ Books at Franklin Furnace, 1976–1980 (2016), THE ELECTRO-LIBRARY (2016), Ray Johnson Designs (2014), Please Come to the Show (2013), Millennium Magazines (2012), Access to Tools: Publications from the Whole Earth Catalog, 1968–74 (2011). In 2016-2017, he co-curated Thoughts Isolated: The Foksal Gallery Archives 1966–2016, at CUNY Graduate Center in NYC and Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw. For the last nine years, he has organized a program of events for Printed Matter’s New York Art Book Fair and more recently, at the Los Angeles Art Book Fair. This program is called the Classroom and has involved over 300 talks, performances and workshops by contemporary artists, designers, writers and publishers. His writing has appeared in Frieze, Dot Dot Dot, Bulletins of the Serving Library, ART PAPERS, and C Magazine. Please Come to the Show, a book documenting his exhibition of artists’ invitations and show flyers from the MoMA Library, was published by Occasional Papers in 2014. He serves on the advisory committees of Printed Matter and Art Resources Transfer and the board of directors of Primary Information and Yale Union.