Common Ground

Printed Matter

Featuring Max Schumann, Lucy R. Lippard, Paul John, Chang Yuchen, and Megan N. Liberty


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Printed Matter Executive Director Max Schumann, co-founder Lucy R. Lippard, and artists Paul John and Chang Yuchen join Rail Art Books Editor Megan N. Liberty for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Jacob Bromberg.

In this talk

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Max Schumann

A portrait of Max Schumann
Executive Director Max Schumann leads Printed Matter, the world’s leading non-profit organization dedicated to the dissemination, understanding, and appreciation of artists’ books. Over nearly 30 years of work with Printed Matter, Schumann has played a key role in the development of many of the organization’s programs and services. He has curated the exhibitions PROTECT ME FROM WHAT I WANT: The Multiples and Editioned Works of Jenny Holzer (2002); A Show About Colab (and Related Activities) (2011); and Friendly Fire (ongoing), an annual exhibition at the New York Art Book Fair featuring politically-minded artists and artist collectives. Schumann is also an artist whose work has been exhibited internationally, and is a member of the loose-knit Cheap Art movement.

Lucy R. Lippard

A portrait of Lucy Lippard
Writer, feminist, and activist Lucy R. Lippard is the author of over 20 books on contemporary art and cultural criticism, including one novel. She has done performances, comics, street theatre, and has curated some 50 exhibitions in the U.S., Europe, and Latin America. For 30 years she has worked with artists’ groups such as the Artworkers’ Coalition, Ad Hoc Women Artists, Artists Meeting for Cultural Change, The Alliance for Cultural Democracy, and Women’s Action Coalition. She was a co-founder of Printed Matter, PADD (Political Art Documentation/Distribution) and its journal Upfront, among others. She has served on the boards of the Center for Constitutional Rights, Franklin Furnace, Earth Works Institute, the Center for Art & Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art, among others.

Paul John

A portrait of Paul John
Independent printer Paul John is a co-founder and director of Endless Editions and the Brooklyn Art Book Fair. He is also a ​printer at the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop. Some of his books are in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Thomas J. Watson Library, the Museum of Modern Art Library, and many other institutions around the globe. He has received awards and fellowships from SUNY New Paltz, Sojourner Truth Fellowship, Transitional Artist Award of the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Printer Without Press Fellowship, and the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop.

Chang Yuchen

A portrait of Yuchen Chang
Photo by Re’al Christian
Artist Chang Yuchen is based in New York. She works in an interdisciplinary manner, writing as weaving, drawing as translation, teaching as hospitality and commerce as everyday revolution. Yuchen was an artist in residence at MASS MoCA (North Adams), Offshore (Sabah), MAD Museum (New York), Bananafish Books (Shanghai), and Textile Art Center (Brooklyn). She has shown/performed her works at UCCA Dune, Taikwun Contemporary, Abrons Art Center, Para Site, Salt Projects, Assembly Room and etc. Yuchen teaches through Center for Book Arts, Printed Matter, Asia Art Archive in America, CUE Art Foundation and more. She has also been a guest lecturer at New York University, ArtCenter College of Design, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, University of the Arts, among others.

Megan N. Liberty

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Arts writer, editor, and archivist Megan N. Liberty is the Art Books section editor at the Rail and co-founder of Book Art Review. Her writing appears regularly on Hyperallergic and in ArtReview, and has also been published in, Art in America, Frieze, NY Review of Books Daily, LA Review of Books, and elsewhere. She writes widely on artists’ books and publishing and teaches archiving workshops for artists. She is also a 2019-20 AICA/USA and Creative Capital/The Andy Warhol Foundation’s Arts Writing Workshop participant and serves as the project editor of the Roy Lichtenstein Catalogue Raisonné.

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poetry reading, and we’re fortunate to have Jacob Bromberg reading.

Jacob Bromberg

Jacob Bromberg
Jacob Bromberg is a multi-media poet and translator. His work has appeared in/been exhibited at The Brooklyn Rail, The Paris Review, Le Monde, The Believer, e-flux, The Palais de Tokyo, the Fiorucci Art Trust’s Volcano Extravaganza, and Yvon Lambert Bookshop among other venues. He was The Brooklyn Rail’s inaugural Poet-in-Transit, and his collaboration with Camille Henrot, Grosse Fatigue, won the Silver Lion at the 2013 Venice Biennale. This coming January, a new commissioned work will be featured at the Louvre as part of their contemporary programming.

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