Aug 30, 2013
Excursus IV: The Chapbook
Where did chapbooks come from and where are they going? Matvei Yankelevich sketched the chapbook’s trajectory from populist pamphlet in the early days of print and its role in the spread of literacy and printing, to today’s varieties of design, production, and small-press economies, leading to a discussion of the effect of chapbook contests, festivals,

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Aug 30, 2013
Performance: Frances Stark at International House
Frances Stark, an artist noted for her delicate works on paper, performances, videos, and insightful and funny essays, presented a performative multimedia event at International House. In conjunction with the exhibition White Petals Surround Your Yellow Heart.

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Aug 30, 2013
Excursus IV: Conversation
Penn History of Art PhD candidate Iggy Cortez led an intimate conversation about artist Karla Black’s engagement with psychoanalyst Melanie Klein and the broader interdisciplinary developments within contemporary psychoanalysis. Prompted by the ICA exhibition Karla Black. View the Excursus website. Ex IV Convo 5.18.13-1Ex IV Convo 5.18.13-2 Coffee & ConversationExcursus (2011–13)

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Aug 30, 2013
Conversation: Richard Meyer & Judith Tannenbaum
Art historian Richard Meyer and former ICA curator and interim director Judith Tannenbaum found inspiration in ICA’s past as they discussed the work of artist Glenn Ligon, whose 1998 exhibition Glenn Ligon: Unbecoming was the starting point for the current exhibition, Each One As She May. The conversation was moderated by Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw, associate

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Aug 30, 2013
Excursus IV: David Senior
David Senior, bibliographer at the Museum of Modern Art Library in New York, discussed a history of artists’ publications in the 20th century. There were a few different stories about how artists and designers have used their little publications as containers for new ideas, creating lively and weird spaces to communicate work and archive actions.

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Aug 30, 2013
Excursus IV: Angie and Otto
Handkerchiefs were imperative at this reading by Angie Keefer from Elad Lassry’s publication On Onions (Primary Information, 2012), possibly the saddest book of 2012. Lassry’s photographs of onions were viewed and Otto Hauser played a selection of the saddest songs from 1975 to the present. View the Excursus website. Ex IV Angie and Otto 1Ex

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Aug 30, 2013
Excursus IV: Card Catalog
Artists Danny Snelson and Mashinka Firunts examined the role of data formats and card catalogs under the sign of the archival database. This mediagenic performance navigated Primary Information and ICA collections to ask: how might a user stage the database and what changes does she introduce to her archive? View the Excursus website. Ex IV

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Aug 30, 2013
Excursus IV: Music Lessons
After World War II, children’s music education became a site of aesthetic experimentation, and its traces in videos and records continue to inspire today’s musicians. Jesse Pires, program curator at International House, and Ben Graves of Toys & Techniques discussed why making bird sounds, dancing under huge parachutes, and pretending to be a tree are

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