Throughout the day
- Curated series of DJ sets including Johnny Stevens (Soulelujah)
- Holy Crow | Palm Readings
- A.R.T.S.Y. Magazine | Interactive Screen-printing
- Flux Factory | Button-making workshop
- Nakia Hill | Book Signing of Water Carrier by Nakia Hill and Poetry
- Handwriting Activity: Ode to Self-Care
Events in the Program Salon
1 pm | Publishing as Practice as Resistance | Talk and Publication Launch by Paul Soulellis
Launching at the Boston Art Book Fair, Printed Web 6 (queer.archive.work) is the ﬁnal issue of Printed Web, a series edited and published by Paul Soulellis since 2013. It’s an urgent act of publishing that closes out one archive to begin a new one—queer, radical, and as yet, unnamed. It’s an assembling of queer methodologies, with a particular view towards network culture, failure and refutation. Contributors: American Artist, Somnath Bhatt, Jeffrey Cheung and Gabriel Ramirez (Unity Press), Demian DinéYazhi’, Jack Halberstam, shawné michaelain holloway, Nora Khan, nicole killian, Be Oakley (Genderfail Archive), Porpentine Charity Heartscape, Nate Pyper and Sal Randolph.
2 pm | Creating Space | Panel discussion moderated by Jameson Johnson, founder and editor in chief of Boston Art Review, and Ellen Shakespear, co-founder of Spaceus
This panel will explore the spaces, organizations, and publications currently working in Boston to make room for art engagement in the city.
3 pm | Localized Vernacular Name Writing: Text on the American Landscape | Talk and Historical Contextualization by Alex Lukas
Using images and content from his Written Names zine series—names written in nails in 1969 and 1970 along a now-abandoned stretch of train tracks in Cambridge, names written in stones outside a California ghost town and more—artist/publisher Alex Lukas talks about his investigation into localized vernacular name writing traditions. Looking at graffiti historically as a tool of both empowerment and colonialism, Lukas presents examples ranging from Pompey’s Pillar in Montana (the last physical remnant of the Lewis and Clarke Expedition) through WWII’s iconic “Kilroy Was Here” (purportedly started in a Quincy, MA shipyard), into the development of pseudonym-based style writing in the late 1960s. As part of his larger examination of text on the larger American landscape, Lukas will focus on Boston’s street art and graffiti subculture, coupling their development with histories of gentrification and urban redevelopment, the legacy of school desegregation, and larger social histories of the city.
4 pm | Abdul Fattah Ismail/Extended Syllables | Sound and spoken word event with Abdul Fattah Ismail
Extended Syllables is the debut poetry book collection of Abdul Fattah Ismail, who uses the medium to explore key topics of our lives. He will perform selections from the book together with members of a live jazz jam band, followed by a book signing.
5 pm | HIGHSNOBIETY | Street Culture and Print: Panel Discussion
6–8 pm | Premiere Boston Screening of Art21 “Johannesburg” followed by Talkback and Audience Q&A
Boston Art Book Fair 2018 is pleased to host an Art21 Screening Society screening event, in support of the upcoming ninth season of the Art in the Twenty-First Century television series.
With each new season, Art21 invites a wide variety of partners—schools, universities, libraries, museums, nonprofit organizations, galleries, arts and cultural spaces, community centers and more—to screen one of the new episodes from the series. We will be screening the episode “Johannesburg,” which focuses on social activism with a narrative about marginalized communities, and features artists David Goldblatt, Nicholas Hlobo, Zanele Muholi and Robin Rhode. The screening will be followed by reflections and an audience Q & A led by Autumn Ahn and Lynne Cooney.
Book Signings and Table Events
12 pm | The Monacelli Press | Book signing of Citymakers: The Culture and Craft of Practical Urbanism by Cassim Sheppard
2:30–3:30 pm | School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts | Demonstration and talk by Sephora Bergiste on building a protective book enclosure.
The SMFA Library’s participation in the 2018 Boston Book Festival includes a presentation and workshop on library style enclosures, to be conducted by Sephora Bergiste. These enclosures include the varying types of Four-Flap, Clamshell, and “French Tray” that can be used to house and protect special collection items. The demonstration will cover the basics of properly measuring, cutting and assembling the various types of enclosures. Sephora Bergiste is an alumna of the SMFA and is currently Bookbinding student at the North Bennet Street School.
3 pm | Robert C. Vose III Publisher | Book signing of Tales of an Art Dealer
3–4 pm | +Kris Graves Projects | Book signing for LOST: Calcutta by Laura McPhee
4–5 pm | +Kris Graves Projects | Book signing for A Bleak Reality by Kris Graves