Over-Booked: A Chapter from the NY Art Book Fair
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Over-Booked: A Chapter from the NY Art Book Fair

Hundreds of contemporary artworks for the page fill the Walker Art Center in an unprecedented collaboration with Printed Matter centered on art-book culture. Over-Booked brings to Minneapolis a preview of the legendary bookstore’s NY Art Book Fair—the premier event for artists’ books, catalogues, monographs, periodicals, and zines from around the world. The Walker Shop event features a prime selection of titles for browsing and purchase as well as talks and artist demonstrations.

Over-Booked launches … of Printed Matter, the inaugural presentation of a long-term partnership and collaboration between the Walker and Printed Matter, showcasing some of our favorite publications. These shelves present a rotating selection of publications—chosen from 15,000 submitted titles—by individual artists, collectives, and independent presses worldwide. As part of the project, Minnesota artists will be featured in the Printed Matter storefront, building an ongoing exchange of books and discourse around the medium of artists’ books.

A Thursday-night reception kicks off the three-day fair. Highlights of the weekend include Printed Matter executive director James Jenkin’s talk about tips and trends in artists’ book publishing on Saturday, and an open house at the Walker’s library showcasing the lauded Rosemary Furtak Collection. Copresented by the Walker Art Center and Printed Matter, Inc.

Over-Booked Opening Reception

Thursday, September 13, 5–9 pm
Walker Shop/Hennepin Lounge
Browse, buy, and mingle with with James Jenkin and Shannon Michael Cain from Printed Matter and other like-minded types from across the bookish-to-artsy spectrum. Cash bar.

Printed Matter Pop-Up Shop

September 13–15: Thursday, 5–9 pm, Friday and Saturday, 11 am–6 pm
Walker Shop
Join Shannon Michael Cane, curator of fairs and editions, and other special guests from Printed Matter, who host a pop-up shop preview of the NY Art Book Fair. All selections are available for browsing and purchase.

Local Fair

Saturday, September 15, 11 am–5 pm
Hennepin Lounge
Scheduled events include a mini-fair featuring Little Brown Mushroom, Location Books, and other local artists, collectives, and independent publishers; an open studio with demonstrations of book arts techniques; hands-on activities, and more.

Walker Library Open House

Saturday, September 15, 12 noon–3 pm
A rare opportunity for visitors to see the Walker’s library without an appointment, the open house features highlights from the Rosemary Furtak Collection of artists’ books.

Open Studio with Duncan Hamilton

Saturday, September 15, 12 noon–3 pm
Star Tribune Foundation Art Lab
Join Duncan Hamilton of the Pratt Institute in New York as he showcases his work and guides visitors in their own booklet-making process.

Hamilton has organized a wide range of art, film, and publishing projects and has worked as a curator for such organizations as the Arts Council of England, Frieze Art Fair, and the British Council. His publications include Black Diamond Magazine and Trinity Journal and he currently publishes Decathlon Books with Peter Sutherland. He has worked with Thumb Projects, David Reinfurt, Dexter Sinister, and Another Pamphlet, overseeing the production of mimeographed books. A former creative director at Urban Outfitters, he currently combines freelance book design with teaching.

Panel Discussion: 21st-Century Publishing

Saturday, September 15, 3 pm
Lecture Room
A panel conversation about navigating the unpredictable waters of the 21st-century publishing, copresented by mnartists.org and Micawber’s Books, is moderated by Micawber’s proprietor Hans Weyandt and mnartists.org editor Susannah Schouweiler. The panelists for this informal Q&A conversation include: Kate Dublinski, Graywolf Press; Chris Fishbach, Coffee House Press; Steve Horowitz, publisher’s sale representative with Abraham Associates; Scott Nedrelow, Location Books and the print-on-demand Sandwich Bar Press; and Brad Zellar, an author most recently published by Little Brown Mushroom.