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Mission: Published by the non-profit Esopus Foundation Ltd., the magazine has a simple mission: to provide an unfiltered, non-commercial space in which creative people and the public can connect in meaningful, productive ways.

This one is for you #printgeeks. I was looking through old #esopus press sheets during a recent reorganization and came ...
10/21/2020

This one is for you #printgeeks. I was looking through old #esopus press sheets during a recent reorganization and came across a bunch of #make-ready waste-paper sheets collected from nearly 15 years' worth of press runs. These sheets pass through the press before color, registration, and ink density are adjusted and finally approved. To conserve paper, printed sheets of make-ready from earlier runs are often fed into the press until the next form’s settings are correct, resulting in crazy-beautiful juxtapositions—essentially artworks created by the press operators. I would always take a stack of these home with me—here are a few details.

Timeline Photos
08/13/2020

Timeline Photos

@michelleelligott just posted this great photo of “Modern Artifacts” on the shelves at the MoMA bookstore. So excited ab...
07/17/2020

@michelleelligott just posted this great photo of “Modern Artifacts” on the shelves at the MoMA bookstore. So excited about this. Thanks to everyone who has already ordered copies — we’ve had quite a rush!
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#modernartifacts #esopusarchive #momaarchives @themuseumofmodernart #archives #artbook @artbook @mecstudios @clifford_vo @marymlum @rheak @paulramirezjonas

@clifford_vo’s "The Visitor," one of six artists’ projects in #modernartifacts, is inspired by performance scores, socia...
06/05/2020

@clifford_vo’s "The Visitor," one of six artists’ projects in #modernartifacts, is inspired by performance scores, social contracts, photographs, a telegram, a notebook, and texts Cliff discovered in the #momaarchives. It focuses in particular on two things: Stanley Brouwn’s project from the 1960s, "This Way Brouwn," in which the elusive conceptual artist would ask strangers to draw directions to a particular destination on a piece paper which he would then stamp, creating artworks that were both personal and abstract. For his project in the book, Owens asked MoMA employees to a draw a line map (on a xerox of a 1969 telegram from Lous Brouwn to Kynaston McShine) from the reception desk of the Cullman Education Center at 4 West 54th Street to the Archives, located on the sixth floor of the same building. The second work referenced (and in this case, reproduced in facsimile) is a remarkable 1969 petition created by artists Faith Ringgold and Tom Lloyd which calls for a “Martin Luther King Wing for Black and Puerto Rican Art at the Museum of Modern Art of the City of New York.” The petition in the book is removable and is meant for distribution. We will also be uploading a PDF of the file to our website for easier access. .
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#cliffordowens #stanleybrouwn #artistpetition #thiswaybrouwn #radicalart #faithringgold #blackartists #radicalblackimagination #tomlloyd #blacklivesmatter #activistart #esopusarchive #performanceart #blackperformance #directions #artistproject @artbook @michelleelligott #culturalgenocide #puertoricanart #museumofmodernart

"MoMA and DADA," @paulramirezjonas's brilliant artist's project for the just-released #ModernArtifacts book, is a timeli...
05/19/2020

"MoMA and DADA," @paulramirezjonas's brilliant artist's project for the just-released #ModernArtifacts book, is a timeline spread across six pages that deftly aligns the biography of Ramirez Jonas's father and the political history of his native Honduras with MoMA’s engagement with the Dada movement, resulting in "an affecting, politically-charged mix of the personal and the institutional" (Jennie Wadlow, from her @brooklynrail review). "Modern Artifacts" ships this week. .
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#esopusarchive #momaarchives @michelleelligott @artbook #artbooks #politicalart #personalispolitical #dada #moma @themuseumofmodernart @artbookps1 #esopusbooks #paulramirezjonas #modernartifactsbook #graphicdesign #informationdesign #artistproject #bookdesign

This happens to be the very first bound-and-finished copy of #ModernArtifacts, which I just received via FedEx about 30 ...
05/15/2020

This happens to be the very first bound-and-finished copy of #ModernArtifacts, which I just received via FedEx about 30 minutes ago. By some manner of miracles this book was printed, laminated, bound, and assembled in the midst of several COVID-related shutdowns, travel embargos, and workplace restrictions in Quebec (where the bindery is located) and Winnipeg (the home of our printer, The Prolific Group). I'll be sharing images of some of the interior spreads, featuring all 18 installments of the eponymous series from #esopus as well as 6 brilliant new artists' projects, over the coming few weeks. Endless thanks to @youngcmyk and the crew at Prolific for shepherding this through production—and of course to my collaborator @michelleelligott and the six artists who contributed projects (@mecstudios, @rheak, @marymlum, @clifford_vo, @paulramirezjonas, and #michaelrakowitz).These will start shipping next week, and you can order a copy right now at the link above.
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#esopusarchive #museumofmodernart @themuseumofmodernart #michelleelligott #artbook @artbook @artbookps1 #moma #momaarchives #artarchives #archival #bookdesign

Here's a random social-distancing brain-drift: I was just ironing these napkins—extras from a series of tablecloth-and-n...
04/25/2020

Here's a random social-distancing brain-drift: I was just ironing these napkins—extras from a series of tablecloth-and-napkin editions the late artist #roberttherrien created for the Esopus Foundation way back in 2008, and I was thinking of what a wonderful guy he was, and that led to my realizing how much I missed him and his brilliant work, and that of course led to my remembering all of the other amazing artists who worked with ESOPUS we lost to cancer last year—#jasonpolan, #joycepensato, #thomasnozkowski—and It got very sad and heavy on top of that heaviness I know all of us are feeling right now on some level. Then, in some perverse twist, I felt a palpable sense of relief by thinking to myself, "At least they don’t have to deal with #covid_19." It’s the very definition of #coldcomfort, but for about 10 seconds it buoyed my mood.

The revered mathematician John Conway passed away yesterday of COVID-related complications. I was incredibly fortunate t...
04/15/2020

The revered mathematician John Conway passed away yesterday of COVID-related complications. I was incredibly fortunate to count him as a contributor to ESOPUS 6, our “Process” issue, for which he contributed the design of a stellated dodecahedron for our readers to construct from scratch in order to approximate his use of mathematical models during his process of creating theorems. I spent an afternoon in 2006 in Princeton (where he was teaching at the time) photographing him as he painstakingly constructed the model, which I still have in my office (and which was exhibited at the Esopus exhibition at @the_nasher_ in 2014). Beyond being one of the most respected mathematicians in the world (his groundbreaking work in the theory of finite groups, game theory, and number theory is legendary), this "magical genius" was one of the most charming, open people I’ve ever met, and the interview I conducted with him one of the most rewarding. Another huge loss to this terrible disease.
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#johnconway #johnhconway #mathematician #mathematics #knottheory #gameoflife #finitegroup #theorem #math #gametheory #combinatorialgametheory #cgt #numbertheory #algebra #dodecahedron #stellateddodecahedron #stellated #recreationalmath #esopusarchives #esopus6 #mathematicalmodels

Esopus Magazine's cover photo
04/10/2020

Esopus Magazine's cover photo

I have crappy sewing skillls but I made some masks — two for my partner and me and one for our nephew, who’s a doctor at...
04/07/2020

I have crappy sewing skillls but I made some masks — two for my partner and me and one for our nephew, who’s a doctor at a hospital here (for his subway commute). It was actually kind of a meditative experience and I recommend it highly (there are instructions and templates all over the web for these). In fact, I recommend it so highly I’ve decided to offer a copy of ESOPUS 18 (image #2) to anyone who makes a mask either for themselves or someone else and posts it online (with #esopusmask hashtag). And if you make more than one, we’ll put your name in the hat for a set of all available issues. We’ll announce the winner of that next Wed. If you can participate, email us at [email protected] with your address and any questions. Thanks!
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#covidmask #covidmasksewing #eaopus18 #sewing #mask #esopusarchive @ Downtown Brooklyn

My first virtual press run. The amazing team at Prolific, who are still operating under strict guidelines from the Winni...
03/24/2020

My first virtual press run. The amazing team at Prolific, who are still operating under strict guidelines from the Winnipeg Department of Health, are sending me photos for approval of every form coming off press for "Modern Artifacts." I would prefer to be there for so many reasons but this is a pretty wonderful option to have. Thanks to all of them, especially @youngcmyk, for making this happen. (Note the book's author @michelleelligott in the lower photo.) Stay healthy, everybody.
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#virtualworkplace #virtualwork #covid_19 #self-isolation #pressrun #printrun #printing @artbook #offsetprinting #makeready

I am a cynical guy, so please keep that in mind as I make the following, deeply uncynical suggestion: While you're self-...
03/21/2020

I am a cynical guy, so please keep that in mind as I make the following, deeply uncynical suggestion: While you're self-isolating, watch Morgan Neville’s superb Mr. Rogers documentary "Won't You Be My Neighbor," then watch @mariellestilesheller's smart and affecting "It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood," then read @tomjunod's iconic 1998 profile of Fred Rogers in @esquire. Any one on its own offers insight into this remarkable person, but all three together have made it clear, at least to me, that Fred Rogers's example— to eschew hate and embrace love; to connect, always, with everyone; to accept and come to terms with the darkness and despair we will all face at one point or another ("if it's mentionable, it's manageable")—is exactly what is needed right now in this incredibly unsettling time. The films are relatively easy to find on streaming services, and the Junod article is available online. Stay healthy. .
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#mrrogers #mrrogersneighborhood #marielleheller #morgannveille @jdmalmberg13 #selfisolation #tomjunod @tomhanks @matthewrhys @enricocolantoni_really #mrrogersforpresident @susankelechiwatson #itsabeautifuldayintheneighborhood #wontyoubemyneighbor

If one must self-isolate, it’s pretty sweet to do it with printer’s proofs of your forthcoming book. “Modern Artifacts” ...
03/17/2020

If one must self-isolate, it’s pretty sweet to do it with printer’s proofs of your forthcoming book. “Modern Artifacts” is looking fantastic. Thanks as always to Chris Young and the crew at Prolific Group in Canada for doing such a great job. It will be on press next week (alas, without yours truly), and then in bookstores (if they still exist 😬) in early May. You can also order an advanced copy right now—you’ll have it on your doorstep by May 1st:

https://www.esopus.org/editions/view/28

A mockup of the "Modern Artifacts" book, which I just shipped to The Prolific Group in Winnipeg. I'll be on press in jus...
03/09/2020

A mockup of the "Modern Artifacts" book, which I just shipped to The Prolific Group in Winnipeg. I'll be on press in just a few weeks. Could not be more excited about this 354-page volume created with MoMA archivist Michelle Elligott and filled with all of the "Modern Artifacts" installments from ESOPUS (including new material and a new design); 9 inserts, and, last but certainly not least, 6 fantastic artists' projects by @mecstudios, @rheak, @marymlum, @clifford_vo, @michaelrakowitz, and @paulramirezjonas. It will launch at MoMA on May 6th.
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@michelleelligott #michelleelligott #maryellencarroll #marylum #rheakaram #cliffordowens #michaelrakowitz #paulramirezjonas #archives #artbook #artistsbook #modernart #artarchives #artistproject #contemporaryart #bookpublishing #books #esopusarchive #bookdesign #bookcover #bookcoverdesign

02/29/2020

Just finished another music video for “Here We Are.” “Nature (Selfish Song)” is a track from the album that deals with the uncomfortable reality of every relationship: In most cases, one person will die before the other, and the one who survives will have to deal with a terrible loss. Like all the other music videos for the album, this one made from footage in the collection of the Prelinger Archives—in this case, a real gem from the Pennsylvania Dept. of Commerce from the early ‘50s promoting tourism in the state. One of the best things about this song is the incredible ebow solo at the end by @deanwareham, which takes the whole thing to another level. Thank you, Dean.
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#todlippyhereweare #nature #lovesong #50sfilms #stateparks #mortality #deanwareham

I am in final production on "Modern Artifacts," a 352-page book compiling all 18 installments of the eponymous series th...
02/28/2020

I am in final production on "Modern Artifacts," a 352-page book compiling all 18 installments of the eponymous series that appeared in ESOPUS from 2006 to 2018. If you aren't already aware of it, the series, copresented with the Museum of Modern Art Archives, featured hundreds of facsimile reproductions of materials from the Museum's collection of items pertaining to nearly every aspect of the development of modern and contemporary art—and its role in the process—over the past century. The book will include all introductory essays by MoMA's Chief of Archives, Library, and Research Collections Michelle Elligott (along with a wonderful new intro by Michelle) as well as 6 brilliant artists' projects by @clifford_vo, @rheak, @marymlum, @mecstudios, @michaelrakowitz, and @paulramirezjonas riffing off particular aspects of the Archives. Going through all of this material again is like embarking on a treasure hunt, and the rewards are endless. This is a card from the file of the Museum's Art Lending Service, formed in 1951 by MoMA's Junior Council to encourage the public to rent and ultimately buy art by artists showing at the museum. More to follow.
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#momaarchives @themuseumofmodernart #jasperjohns #artcollecting #artcollector #museumofmodernart #archive #archival #archives #esopusarchives #modernartifacts @michelleelligott

This is fried pickled fennel from @cloverhillbk and it is so friggin good (as is everything else here) .....#brooklyndin...
02/09/2020

This is fried pickled fennel from @cloverhillbk and it is so friggin good (as is everything else here)
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#brooklyndining #cloverhill #brooklynfood #fennel #pickled #friedfood

01/30/2020

So great to be greeted at @themuseumofmodernart by @darabirnbaum’s brilliant “Technology/Transformation: Wonder Woman” (1978-79) at the entrance of the contemporary art galleries. IMHO the most important (and best) piece of video art, ever.
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#darabirnbaum #videoart #contemporaryart #video #collage #feministart #feministvideo #moma

Jason Polan passed away this morning. He was 37 years old. Words are really failing me here — he was a contributor to ES...
01/28/2020

Jason Polan passed away this morning. He was 37 years old. Words are really failing me here — he was a contributor to ESOPUS 11 (for which he asked our readers to send in their favorite things about NYC, which he then drew from life for the issue), he created a remarkable interactive exhibition at Esopus Space in 2010 ("The Assembled Picture Library of New York," with Robin Cameron); he drew all 20 covers of ESOPUS for the announcement for our 10th anniversary celebration, he contributed remarkable artworks to both the "Drawing Set" and "Esopus Drawings" invitationals, he rarely missed an ESOPUS event, and he always supported ESOPUS—and me—in every way he could. But of course his work with ESOPUS represents just a tiny fraction of his incredible, and cruelly truncated, life. His exquisite drawings, his photography, his profoundly beautiful interactions with others (including his Taco Bell Drawing Club), his iconic collaborations with brands like Warby Parker, Uniqlo, and Nike—the list of his accomplishments could (and should) go on and on. Last but certainly not least, Jason was just about the kindest, most genuine person I've ever met. I will miss him, and will miss witnessing his mark on the world, terribly. My deepest condolences to his family.

This collage by ESOPUS contributor Mary Lum is one of more than 100 works that directly incorporate the accounts of deta...
01/20/2020

This collage by ESOPUS contributor Mary Lum is one of more than 100 works that directly incorporate the accounts of detained migrant children in a US Customs detention center in Clint, Texas. These artworks were commissioned by the artists and activists Lucas Michael and Mary Ellen Carroll (also an ESOPUS contributor) in an effort to bring necessary attention to the daily horrors these kids and their families are being subjected to by our government (that's a deeply disconcerting phrase to type). Mary Ellen and Lucas, whose project is called DYKWTCA [Do You Know Where the Children Are]) are co-curating an exhibition of all of the works by an incredible group of artists including Rob Pruitt, Kay Rosen, Pope L, and Amy Sillman with curator Ruth Noack at The Corner at @whitmanwalker, which will open next Saturday, January 25th, from 6-8pm. If you plan to be in the DC area, please drop by -- would love to see you there. Regardless, you can find more info about the effort (produced in affiliation with @project_amplify) in a Guardian piece that just came out yesterday.

Over the past year or so we have undertaken an initiative to donate complete sets of ESOPUS to various public libraries ...
01/09/2020

Over the past year or so we have undertaken an initiative to donate complete sets of ESOPUS to various public libraries around the country. Yesterday, Jason Broughton, State Librarian of Vermont, sent me these photos, which were submitted to him by some of the branches in VT that have received these copies from us. Nothing makes me happier—and ESOPUS more relevant—than having the publication accessible and available to the public EVERYWHERE, especially in communities that might not otherwise have access to it or the creative expression found in its pages. Thanks to (in order) The Wilder Memorial Library in Weston, @burnhammemoriallibrary in Colchester, and @stjathenaeum in St. Johnsbury for participating in this initiative. (If you know of a library in your area—or even better, a state, prison, or community center library distributor—that might be interested in getting these, please let us know.)
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@vermontdeptlib #publiclibrary @publiclibraries #publiclibraries#vermontpubliclibraries #vermontllibraries #artandpublic #publicart #artoutreach #accessibleart #esopusarchive #jasonbroughton @nypl @marchaindietro @[email protected]
@lareeseh @rnabed @mslibrarycomm @angela_montefinise @melick_john @ Wilder Memorial Library

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