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APRIL 3–5, 202





Opening Night: April 2
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
152 North Central Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012


April 3-5, 2020
Opening Night: April 2

The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
152 North Central Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012

April 3 — 5, 2020


The Contemporary Artists' Books Conference is organized by art librarians and professionals in the field, with sessions that cover a range of topics from artists, scholars, and other leading figures.

This year’s conference was slated to feature a keynote address by Kameelah Janan Rasheed exploring the notion of books as objects of perceived finality in relation to ideas of incompleteness, revision, and reinterpretation over time. Kimi Hanauer, Bomin Jeon, and Arianne Edmonds were to join the conversation and examine the intersection of archiving and publishing practices as they relate to themes of community.

In place of this planned program, we have included full audio from Rasheed’s recent launch of her Printed Matter publication, No New Theories, in conversation with Jessica Lynne, co-founder of the art criticism journal ARTS.BLACK. The book is available for purchase here.

The Conference is organized by the CABC Committee
Megan Sallabedra, Getty Research Institute
Lea Simpson, UCLA, MLIS 2021
Farris Wahbeh, Whitney Museum of American Art
Dianne Weinthal, UCLA, MLIS 2020
Stephanie Williams, UCLA, MLIS 2021

Kameelah Janan Rasheed (b. 1985) is a Brooklyn-based learner from East Palo Alto, CA. She is invested in the shifting ecosystems of Black epistemologies, or the agile relationships between the varied modes of  reading, writing, archiving, editing, translating, publishing, reflecting upon, and arranging narratives about lived Black experiences. Rasheed has exhibited at the 2017 Venice Biennale, ICA Philadelphia, Pinchuk Art Center, Brooklyn Museum, Queens Museum, New Museum, Studio Museum in Harlem, Bronx Museum, Brooklyn Public Library, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and The Kitchen, among others. She is the author of two artist books, An Alphabetical Accumulation of Approximate Observations (Endless Editions, 2019) and No New Theories (Printed Matter, 2020).

Bomin Jeon is a multi-disciplinary artist from Seoul, South Korea who is now based in Baltimore, Maryland. She received BFA in Interdisciplinary Sculpture at Maryland Institute College of Art and received France-Merrick Fellowship for 2016-2017. She is also an organizing member of Press Press, an independent publishing initiative started in 2014 by the co-organizer Kimi Hanauer.

Arianne Edmonds is a 5th generation Angeleno, storyteller, and impact professional. In 2017 she founded the J.L. Edmonds Project, an initiative dedicated to preserving the legacy of The Liberator, an early 20th-century Los Angeles African American newspaper. Ms. Edmonds has curated and exhibited her research related to Black Angeleno history, culture, memory and legacy with numerous institutional partners including the California African American Museum, LA Public Library, LA City Hall, and Black Women Artists for Black Lives Matter. She was recently featured in the New York Times 1619 Project and currently works with the U.S. Census Bureau Open Innovation Lab.

Kimi Hanauer (b. 1993, Tel Aviv) is an artist, cultural organizer, and writer based in Los Angeles. Kimi is the founding editor of Press Press, a publishing studio that aims to shift and deepen the understanding of voices, identities, and narratives that have been suppressed or misrepresented by the mainstream. Her most recent project, Calling All Denizens, explores the exclusionary history of American citizenship and is published by the Women's Studio Workshop. Kimi received a BFA at the Maryland Institute College of Art and is an MFA candidate at the University of California Los Angeles.