Print/Out at MoMA

MoMA is currently hosting two exciting exhibitions and one interactive program that celebrate the vitality of the print medium (PRINT / OUT ). As a visual artist who uses both digital and physical methods to create, I’m always excited to see how artists are pushing the boundaries of traditional printmaking techniques and integrating old methods with new technologies. With a series of workshops, lectures and events, the artists included in this series challenge traditional ideas of what print can be.

~ Ellen Gallagher, DeLuxe, 2004-05. Portfolio of sixty photogravure, etching, aquatint, and drypoint with lithography, screenprint, embossing, tattoo-machine engraving, laser-cutting and chine colle.

Some highlights from the exhibitions include this RE-IMAGINING COLLECTIVE TASK AT PRINT STUDIO. Led by Robert Fitterman, visitors are invited to respond to selected tasks set by the original collective and are encouraged to explore the recycling of ideas and respond through the medium of print.

Another event called ALTERED BOOK WORKSHOP, led by Katerina Lanfranco, invites participants to explore the formal constraints and surprising elements of the book format, and how used books can be creatively re-purposed to make art. Visitors will use found materials, mixed-media collage, drawing and transfer techniques to redesign the space, form, purpose and meaning of an old book.

Lastly, another drop-in program this series offers is a collaboration with the REANIMATION LIBRARY – a small independent library based in Gowanus Brooklyn that archives outdated, discarded, and no-longer circulated books that have been given new life as a resource for artists, writers and other creators. The library will temporarily be located at MoMA’s PRINT STUDIO so visitors can use scanners, computers, and photocopiers to work with and manipulate material found within the salvaged books.

I’m hoping to get to the MoMA this Sunday to check out all of these offerings that explore the role of print in contemporary visual culture.

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February 16, 2012   No Comments   Posted under Inspiration
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