David Senior: Prelude to The Editorial: Platforms for Art Publishing

When Wed, 7 Dec, 7pm
Where A Space, Asia Art Archive, 10/F, Hollywood Centre, 233 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Language English

Following his earlier 15 Invitations programme participationDavid Senior,
Senior Bibliographer at the MoMA Library in New York and 
AAA Public Programmes Curator Ingrid Chu continue exploring the platforms for presenting artist-led publications through the work of cultural practitioners utilising art in print, and by extension, libraries and archives, as a site for their work. 

The discussion also considers the potential for current forms and approaches to art books in Asia in relation to existing strategies used to document the exhibition histories of printed matter, and the sphere of social interaction these materials represent in formulating an 'editorial aesthetics' at the nexus of contemporary art production.

The talk coincides with Senior's participation in The Editorial, a research-led inquiry into the expanding role and network of independent contemporary art publishers in Asia and their international impact through a curated series of public events, exhibitions, and discussions. It is a part of Asia Art Archive's live events programme participation for the Taipei Biennial 2016.
The Editorial programme schedule is available here.

David Senior is the Senior 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. Senior's curated exhibitions of MoMA Library materials include: 'THE ELECTRO-LIBRARY' (2016); 'Ray Johnson Designs' (2014); 'Please Come to the Show' (2013); 'Millennium Magazines' (2012); and 'Access to Tools: Publications from the Whole Earth Catalog, 1968–74' (2011). His current exhibition, 'Back in Time with Time-Based Works: Artists' Books at Franklin Furnace, 1976–1980'continues at MoMA until 8 January 2017. 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. Senior serves on the Primary Information and Yale Union board of directors and also organises 'The Classroom', an events programme for Printed Matter's annual New York and LA Art Book Fairs. Currently Senior is preparing an archive exhibition for the fiftieth anniversary of the Warsaw-based Foksal Gallery at the James Gallery, City University of New York Graduate Center.

Supported by The International Council of the Museum of Modern Art.


  • David Senior: Prelude to The Editorial: Platforms for Art Publishing
Image: Courtesy of David Senior and the Museum of Modern Art Library, New York.
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