Printed Matter is extremely pleased to announce the opening of their new and much larger location at 231 Eleventh Avenue, New York. The non-profit organization resumes their bookstore and web-order operations in the new space on Tuesday, October 13, and will hold an opening party on Thursday, October 15, 6-8pm, free and open to the public.
The move to Eleventh Avenue marks a major and historic expansion of Printed Matter, the world's leading resource for artists' books. Designed pro bono by Handel Architects, the 3,800 square ft facility more than doubles the square footage of their previous home. The new location features a greatly expanded bookstore area over two stories, including a dedicated gallery area for artists’ book exhibitions, and a flexible space for hosting public programs (including talks, panels, performances and book launches). The main bookstore area features a visually dramatic staircase that leads to a publicly-accessible wraparound mezzanine. In addition, larger offices give Printed Matter's growing staff the room to carry out the administration of our programming, including distribution services, an exhibition and publishing program, a full schedule of public events and the production of our NY and LA Art Book Fairs. The facility is fully wheel-chair accessible, with an elevator between the two levels.
Max Schumann, who took on the Executive Director role this July after 26 years with the organization, said of the move: “It is a tremendously exciting moment for Printed Matter. On the eve of our 40th Anniversary, we are witnessing a huge resurgence of interest in artists' books and our organization has grown alongside this. The new location is the perfect next step for us in many ways, and will allow visitors to better explore the 12,000 publications by artists we have on inventory. With the amazing support of so many individuals, organizations and foundations, we are thrilled to reopen in this great new home.”
Phil Aarons, Chair of Printed Matter’s Board of Directors added “The build-out of the new space which is in its finishing phase represents the most costly project Printed Matter has ever undertaken, and this is reflected in how substantial an upgrade our magnificent new home is. While we are enormously grateful for the contributions we have received thus far, we have not yet completed the Capital Campaign to fully underwrite this endeavor and are seeking and greatly encourage additional support.”
Inaugural Exhibition: Paper Rad – The Zines of Paper Rad
In the ground level project space, Printed Matter presents an inaugural exhibition by popular artist-trio Paper Rad, curated by Paul Bright. Perhaps best known for their influential website paperrad.org, the three-member, New England collective (Jacob Ciocci, Jessica Ciocci, and Ben Jones) also produced hundreds of handmade books, stencils and posters throughout their ten years working together.
First shown at the NY Art Book Fair 2015, this updated presentation features a selection of zines, clothing and other printed ephemera created by the group between 1997 and 2009, most of which have not been seen publicly until now. Assembled by Bright over a ten-year period, the collection represents the largest private collection of Paper Rad’s work. The exhibition coincides with the release of PPP –The Zines of Paper Rad, published by the new imprint Delema Books. Editors Paul Bright and Sonja Radovancevic will be in attendance to launch the book at Thursday's Opening event.
To request images, interviews, or arrange for a photoshoot, please contact Keith Gray, Programming and Press Coordinator at Keith@printedmatter.org