Looks like someone’s going to have to update Goethe-Institut’s Wikipedia page to indicate their latest New York project; Ludlow 38, a downtown art gallery with a focus on contemporary art. So much wiki-ing to do so little time!
Aside from the little reported story of incomlete wiki pages found on the web, Goethe-Institut’s newest project curated by Kunstverein Munchen looks very promising. The new satellite space will open its doors to the public February 9th, with the show “Publish or be Damned”, a public library consisting of over 300 international publications assembled by Emily Pethick, Kit Hammonds, and Sarah McCrory. Typically such libraries are rarely equipped to circulate, which tends to be a small gripe of mine, but I guess asking for that defeats the point of an exhibition in that the works displayed need to actually be there. As such, anyone wishing to examine the zines will simply have to do so on site. Publication highlights include critical journals Dot Dot Dot, Copenhagen Free University/Infopool, Metronome, Anarchitektur, Fucking Good Art, Fanzines I’m largely unaware of such as Ziggy, Zowie, Blondiak, Dark Star, Useless, and video and cassette editions including Audio Theory and Audio Arts; radio plays and Independent Record Labels such as Another Album and Junior Aspirin.
The library also includes self-published works by authors, musicians and theorists as well as artists such as Jeremy Deller, Scott King, Pablo Bronstein, Raymond Pettibon, Spartacus Chetwynd, Nils Norman, Stephan Dillemuth, Stephan Willats, Cathy Lomax, Eleanor Brown, Aline Bouvy, Sonia Dermience, Meeuw Muzak and many others. Based on this post, I’m probably most interested in the Pettibon material, but of course the point of going to a library such as this is to discover other work. Given the selection available, I’d say that’s pretty much inevitable.