Boston Art Book FairNovember 4-6, 2022 at the Boston Center for the Arts.  Free for All Ages.  

Presented by
Boston Center for the Arts and Bodega





︎Cyclorama at Boston Center for the Arts
539 Tremont St Boston


Boston Center for the Arts (BCA) and Bodega team up again to present the Boston Art Book Fair heldin BCA’s historic Cyclorama. As one of the largest Art Book Fairs on the East Coast, this curated event features over 130 exhibitors, artists and publishers.
With art installations, DJs, workshops, panels, and a chance to mingle with truly innovative artists and creatives of our generation, this year’s fair invites audiences of all ages to engage in an art-filled weekend to expand their ideas about print.  



Past programming included:

Print Work As Collective Work
A conversation with Print Ain’t Dead (Arielle Gray & Cierra Michele Peters), Press Press (Kimi Hanuaer, Valentina Cabezas, & Bomin Jeon) & Black Studies Reading Room (Jovonna Jones) moderated by Abigail Satinsky

This conversation will focus on platform-making that highlights and centers around the creative contributions and cultural production of immigrants and people of color in print. Each of these groups & projects work collectively to study, research, engage in archives, and produce new work that critically assesses racial and cultural politics in print culture and creates new models of production and distribution. Thinking about publishing as the act of gathering a public, panelists will reflect on their process in working intentionally and collaboratively with this as a goal. This conversation is in conjunction with Bookworks, an exhibition on artist-made books on view at Tufts University Art Galleries with an installation by Press Press.  

gaggle walk
with artist Sandrine Schaefer

BCA fall 2019 Visual Artist Resident Sandrine Schaefer leads a Performative Walk, beginning at BCA and continuing to the Boston Common, to encounter and engage the local residential and migratory geese populations. You will be walking with a small group to perform site-specific experimental actions, partaking in Schaefer's research process and helping shape their project.

An Encyclopedia of Political Record Labels
Book talk and interactive listening event by Josh MacPhee

Brooklyn-based artist and organizer Josh MacPhee presents his newly released book, AN ENCYCLOPEDIA OF POLITICAL RECORD LABELS. MacPhee will discuss the intersections of music, art, and politics as well as the major themes that surfaced while researching and writing the book. He will be spinning records from select labels in the book while discussing the role of the vinyl record as agitprop in international social movements, followed by an audience Q&A and signing.

MacPhee is a designer, artist, and archivist. He is a founding member of both the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative and Interference Archive, a public collection of cultural materials produced by social movements based in Brooklyn, NY. MacPhee is the author and editor of numerous publications, including Signs of Change: Social Movement Cultures 1960s to Now and Signal: A Journal of International Political Graphics and Culture. He has organized the Celebrate People's History poster series since 1998 and has been designing book covers for many publishers for the past decade.

On Independent Arts Publishing Panel Discussion moderated by Jameson Johnson

Join Boston Art Review Editor in Chief, Jameson Johnson for a panel discussion with arts and culture editors, designers, and writers from four different cities. Learn more about publishing process from pitching to editing to designing. The panel will explore the changing landscape for arts and culture magazines/journals and how their models might shape the future of independent publishing.  With Alex Khatchadourian/Amadeus (LA), Kristen Felicetti/The Bushwick Review (NY), Jason Tranchida/Headmaster (RI) and Lisa Pearson/Siglio (Hudson Valley).

Art Activism Creates Movement Panel Discussion organized by Street Theory Gallery and Marka27 withChe Anderson (Pow Wow Worcester), Karin Goodfellow (Director of Boston Art Comission), Michael Monestime (Central Square Mural Project) and Rob "Problak" Gibbs (Muralist)

Join the conversation with national and internationally renowned street artists, Massachusetts-based street art festival organizers, and city stakeholders on the impact street art is creating for urban landscape, communities, and the people who live in them. Panelists will explore the effects of street art and creative economy on urban development and place-making, and the transformative complexities of public art in communities. This panel will also focus on up and coming artists by sharing advice and real life wisdom on how to get involved with public art and best practices to begin the journey of large scale community projects.

Changing The Game: Boston’s Rising Artists Panel Discussion moderated by Katytarika Bartel

Join us for a panel discussion addressing topics of arts equity and sustainability, community activism, and how artists of color in Boston are navigating and occupying space throughout the city. The panel will feature members of Boston's ever-growing creative community Tusneem “Neemz” Abuhasan, Crystal Bi, Shaka Dendy, Malakhai Pearson and O.J. Slaughter, and will be moderated by artist and educator Katytarika Bartel of ANGRY ASIAN GIRLS.

Highsnobiety “The New Luxury”
Book talk with editor Jian DeLeon

As legions of independent artists, designers, and photographers cross over into working for or as fashion labels, Highsnobiety’s editor Jian Deleon will explore the symbiosis of DIY /street projects and Luxury Fashion.  “New Luxury,“ is a term that summarizes how streetwear and sneakers have not only infiltrated the upper tiers of fashion, but became it. The New Luxury isn’t just about what you wear, but also what you know. This book provides the foundational knowledge of how youth-driven culture and fashion trends start from the ground up.

Collective Reading of Avid Readers Publication Organized by Jack Henrie Fisher/Other Forms

“Avid reader” is a collocation — a phrase of two or more words that accompany each other more often than would occur by chance. Avid Readers is an event to convene a group of different readers according to something other than chance, something like desire (the latin root of “avid”).

Avid Readers is an experiment in reprinting and at the same time is a script for a collective reading. It is an elliptical out-loud construction of a theme in print. Avid Readers reproduces not only words but also the form of words in print. We read together not as a ritual but instead as the lucid collective enunciation of the material texts assembled.

Avid Readers is an event/publication that has been presented by Other Forms with different material and in different venues for the last year, including at art book fairs in Mexico City, Athens, Berlin, and Chicago.  Other Forms is creating a new publication for the Boston Art Book Fair.

Contributors Inc. Workshop
Workshop Led by Mimi Cabell and Phoebe Stubbs

Contributors Inc. mine the content pages of magazines of art and culture to reveal the hidden structures of the canon, making interventions, publications and workshops. During the workshop at Boston Art Book Fair we’ll investigate, via a hands on session with magazines, critical questions about editorial design. What are the links between editorial content and different funding structures? How do we know who paid for the articles we read? Who are magazines of art and design for?

Women of the White Buffalo | Deborah Anderson Panel moderated by Anabel Vazquez-Rodriguez

This discussion explores a new feature documentary film of the Native American Lakota Nation, produced and directed by photographer, artist, and art director Deborah Anderson, who traveled to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, home to the Oglala Lakota Nation with a focus on the Lakota women, the backbone of the community and keepers of their ancient wisdom. Anderson’s film documents the ongoing rising up against the forces that continue to suppress them. Photographic stills from the documentary project will be on exhibition at Leica Gallery Boston November 07, 2019  - January 12, 2020.

Building a Creative Community
Presented by Converse
Moderated by Austin Bryant

Through collaborations, campaigns, and partnerships with a variety of artists, Converse has fostered its own evolving creative community. Join us for a panel featuring some of these artists discussing the importance of community within the creative world. There’s usually no “how to” guide for navigating obstacles like taking on big assignments, networking, and pitching clients. Instead, we tend to lean on our friendships and connections to guide us. We’ll focus on how each of the panelists have drawn from mentors, peers, and mentees for challenges like these during their career. Featured artists on the panel are photographer/director Taylor Rainbolt (LA), wardrobe stylist/brand consultant Karolyn Pho (LA), and photographer/director Daniel Regan (LA).

The Changing Landscape of Media Coverage of the Arts
Moderated by Maria Garcia
WBUR’s Maria Garcia moderates a panel on the changing landscape of media coverage of the arts in Boston (and beyond).  The panel will consider recent changes in focus, personnel and platforms at WBUR and The Boston Globe, both in who is covered and how they are covered (on the air, online, in live events), and will look at the impact of new forms of media coverage of the arts, as well as new relationships between the media and our arts institutions and our histories. Panelists include Palace Shaw and Ariana Lee, co-hosts of The Whitest Cube podcast, and Amber and Daughter of Contrast, co-hosts of the podcast Hoodgrown Aesthetic.

DJ Sets by:


The Bladerunners (DJ 7L & Braun Duggan)
Baby Indiglo (Silk)
Saucy Lady
Dj Dayglow
Claude Money & Johnny Stevens (Soulelujah)
Alfredo Rico Dimas (Social Studies)
Private Dancer
Cool Breeze