This Week at Print Studio: Triple Canopy and Altered Books Workshop

This week at Print Studio, we invite you to participate in the first of three public programs organized by Triple Canopy as part of a series called Miscellaneous Uncatalogued Material that “explores the evolution of print-based artwork in recent decades, from the revival of traditional techniques to the employment of new digital technologies.”

Radio Corporation of America. Sir W. Mitchell Thompson. 1926. Photoradiogram, 4 x 5 1/4" (10.2 x 13.3 cm). The New York Times Collection

Using specific objects from the Museum’s collection, artists and writers, together with Triple Canopy editors and guests, will lead the public in three discussions about the history of arts publishing and the nature of publication in relation to contemporary art practice. On Wednesday, February 15, from 2:30–4:00 p.m. Los Angeles–born, Brooklyn-based artist David Horvitz, discusses Radio Corporation of America’s Sir W. Mitchell Thompson, a photoradiogram from 1926. On Monday, February 27, 2:30–4:00 p.m. Brooklyn-based artist, bookmaker, and set designer, Sarah Crowner discusses Marcel Duchamp and Man Ray’s The Blind Man, a periodical with negative photostat from 1917. On Wednesday, March 7, 2:30–4:00 p.m. author Ariana Reines discusses Sherrie Levine’s Gustave Flaubert: un coeur simple, an artist’s book from 1990. The content derived from discussions during these three programs will be transcribed and incorporated into the production of the second edition of Triple Canopy’s Volume Number series, designed by Tiffany Malakooti—a publication which sets out to reimagine “the magazine as a framework for activities that occur beyond, but are ultimately enfolded by, and digested within its pages.”

Pages from one of Katerina Lanfranco's altered books

Then, on Thursday, February 16, at 12:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., we invite you to join us at Print Studio for a hands-on altered book workshop with New York–based artist and educator Katerina Lanfranco. In this workshop, participants will challenge the formal conventions of the book format, using repurposed books as canvases for mixed-media collages with found materials, transfer techniques, and drawing to create exciting new artworks. Lanfranco’s artistic practice, which encompasses painting, sculpture, and mixed-media works among other formats, often explores culture’s relation to nature. Through the altered book workshops, we encourage participants to explore creative possibilities for reuse and sustainability within printed materials.

And an update from last week: we had a nice turnout for the first day of Jorge Colombo’s Digital Finger-Drawing Workshop last Thursday, February 9. A multigenerational group of participants attended and participated in the workshop, each finding inspiration within the Print Studio space and making their own unique digital drawings, many of which were printed on-site and appended to the Print Studio Editions wall. If you missed last week’s finger drawing workshop, don’t worry! We’ll have more sessions with Jorge Columbo on February 23.

Jorge Colombo begins the workshop with an introduction to his work and some helpful hints for iPads and the Brushes application.

The artist Jorge Colombo, featured here in black, taught digital drawing to visitors from a range of ages and expertise.