Artists Book Conference in NYC

Carole and I attended the Artists Books Conference in NYC last week, which was superb.  One of the best sessions was on ‘zines and alternative presses and institutional approaches to collection development in this genre.  Both Barnard and Pratt have been developing ‘zine collections for teaching and research.  The presenters seemed opposed to digitizing their collections, as if digitizing compromised the original intentions of ‘zine artists who often want to lay low and/or underground.  The Brush Art Gallery has been collecting ‘zines for several years, mostly from Printed Matter, where David Platzker (SLU alum) was director for several years.

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