Piles of Books: Art as Publishing in the 20th and 21st Centuries. A Talk by David Senior. 26.05.16, 7pm @ Wendy’s Subway, Brooklyn

Posted in events on May 17th, 2016
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David Senior, Bibliographer at the Museum of Modern Art Library in New York, will discuss a history of artists’ publications in the 20th and 21st centuries. Senior presents examples of how artists and designers have used little publications as experimental containers for new ideas, creating lively and accessible spaces to communicate work and archive art actions. Most examples will come from the collection of books that he works with at the MoMA Library and several recent library exhibitions he has organized of artists’ books and ephemera.

This event is presented by Wendy’s Subway and Motto Books, Berlin, on the occasion of the Motto Books temporary bookstore, open weekends from 12pm to 6pm, May 1st through May 29th.

David Senior is the bibliographer at the Museum of Modern Art Library, where he manages collection development, including the library’s artists’ books collection. Senior lectures often on the history of artists’ publications and contemporary art and design publishing. He also curates exhibitions of MoMA Library materials including: 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). 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. His writing has appeared in Frieze, Dot Dot Dot, Bulletins of the Serving Library, ART PAPERS, and C Magazine. He organizes a regular program of events for Printed Matter’s New York Art Book Fair and the LA Art Book Fair called the Classroom. Senior edited an artist’s book series through Printed Matter and the NYABF from 2008-2014, which included publications with Dexter Sinister, David Horvitz, Emily Roysdon, Aaron Flint Jamison, James Hoff and Eve Fowler. He serves on the board of directors of Primary Information and Yale Union.

Motto Pop-Up Bookshop. 01-29.05.16 @ Wendy’s Subway, Brooklyn

Posted in 2016, events on April 27th, 2016
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Motto and Wendy’s Subway are pleased to present a second iteration of the Motto pop-up bookstore at Wendy’s Subway, a non-profit library and workspace located in Bushwick, Brooklyn. This pop-up is one in a series of curated libraries, shops, and collections displayed in the storefront of Wendy’s Subway’s Bushwick location.

Opening Hours: 12-6pm every Saturday and Sunday in May and during evening events.

Upcoming Events:

May 1: “Prose and Poetry reading for the working class and other laborers.” Contributors: Nora Schultz, Kayla Guthrie, Nicholas Sewitz, Clarice Lispector, Juliana Huxtable, Keren Cytter. 01.05.2016, 7pm.

May 14: “Shelter Press: Outside and After.” Felicia Atkinson, Bartolomé Sanson, Ben Vida. 14.05.2016, 7pm.

May 25: Piles of Books: Art as Publishing in the 20th and 21st Centuries. A Talk by David Senior. 25.05.2016, 7pm.

Wendy’s Subway
*New Location*
379 Bushwick Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11206


Bulletins of The Serving Library #2. Dexter Sinister / Sternberg Press.

Posted in art, distribution, writing on January 25th, 2012
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Bulletins of The Serving Library #2. Sternberg Press.

Contributions by Dimmi Davidoff, Július Koller, David Fischli & Peter Weiss, Rob Giampietro, Anthony Huberman, Junior Aspirin Records, Perri MacKenzie, David Senior, Jan Verwoert

Bulletins of The Serving Library #2 continues the trajectory begun by DOT DOT DOT, Dexter Sinister’s previous house journal which ran for ten years and twenty issues. This issue grew out of two physical incarnations of The Serving Library in 2011. The first took place from July 4–August 10 in the Walter Phillips Gallery of the Visual Arts department at The Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada. Here they set up a model of the library’s projected interior to house a six-week summer school titled From the Toolbox of a Serving Library. The school comprised daily morning seminars, supplemented by a few evening events. Each week was based on a specific component from a (Photoshop-proxy) digital software toolbox, in order to reconsider what a contemporary (Bauhaus-proxy) Foundation Course might most usefully comprise. The second opened on October 29 and at the time of writing remains installed at Artists Space, New York. Here the same model serves more as a mini-expo in view of an eventual fixed home, alongside a parallel three-screen projection concerned with “Identity.”

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Cmagazine #111: Libraries. Amish Morell. C The Visual Arts Foundation

Posted in art, critique, distribution, magazines, writing on September 22nd, 2011
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Cmagazine #111: Libraries. C The Visual Arts Foundation

C Magazine is an international art periodical devoted to promoting critical discussion about contemporary art through in-depth essays, interviews, artist projects and reviews. Based in Toronto, with contributors from around the world, C keeps contemporary art professionals and enthusiasts informed of significant ideas and trends in art and culture.

Issue 111 includes features by Adam Lauder on Performing the Library; Jen Hutton on Dexter Sinister; David Senior on the Whole Earth Library; Randy Lee Cutler on Reading; Pandora Syperek on ILLUMINnations: the 54th Venice Biennale, and artist projects by Read-in and Thilo Folkerts with Rodney LaTourelle; Reviews of exhibitions by Song Dong, Gina Badger, Adel Abdessemed, Chris Curreri, Wim Botha, Frances Stark and others.

Published by C The Visual Arts Foundation
Autumn 2011

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