Public Collectors - July 2018 Newsletter. Library Excavations #9 and Archiving in Chicago
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Once again it's time to announce a new issue of Library Excavations and if you live in Chicago, there's an opportunity to get a copy for free this weekend. Read on to learn more.

— Marc Fischer / Public Collectors

Library Excavations #9: Chicago's Filed Artists

Earlier this month I completed a new publication in my ongoing artist book/artist periodical hybrid Library Excavations. As with all past issues, you can purchase this through Half Letter Press.

Library Excavations #9 goes digging into the Chicago Artist Files at Harold Washington Library. It's a slightly more fancy edition than usual. In addition to a five page essay there are 20 full color pages presenting obscure printed ephemera by as unusual and diverse an array of Chicago artists as you should expect from Public Collectors.

From the back cover:

In the 8th floor reference collection, the Chicago Public Library’s Harold Washington Library Center houses the Chicago Artist Files—a series of file cabinets measuring well over 70 linear feet with materials connected to Chicago artists, art movements, and arts organizations spanning from 1890 to the present. Archived materials include news clippings, letters, photographs, slides, CDs, artists’ books, gallery invitations and original artwork. Visitors may request artists whose files they would like to view and a librarian will pull that material for them.

With support from the organization Sixty Inches from Center and CPL librarian Bob Sloane, I was able to peruse these files directly and this booklet surveys my experience of this rich, varied, and unusually democratic collection. In addition to writing about the library’s holdings, I’ve made a personal selection of items to reproduce in color.

Pick up past issues!

Earlier issues of Library Excavations are selling out or almost gone and in order to keep moving forward, I have no plans to reprint anything. You can get complete sets of all issues from Half Letter Press and if you order issues #1-8 in the next few days, I'll throw in #9 for free. Stay up to date on my travels through public libraries on Instagram: @libraryexcavations.

Chicago Archives + Artists Festival,
Art Design Chicago Edition

Library Excavations #9 would not have been possible without the support of the great organization Sixty Inches From Center. It was completed specifically to coincide with this event happening at the Read/Write Library (914 N. California) this Friday, July 13th. I'll be speaking on Friday and you can pick up a free copy of the new issue while supplies last on Friday and during Saturday's programs. I'll be around most of Saturday as well and I'll have other Public Collectors publications on hand both days. Full schedule here.

Remixing the Zine
with Sky Cubacub, Marc Fischer, and Darryl DeAngelo Terrell

6pm – 9pm

To kick off the festival, each artist will reveal the zines, publications and projects produced and commissioned for the festival and talk about their experiences working in the archives of the Chicago History Museum, Harold Washington Library, and Read/Write Library. Complimentary copies of the artists’ publications will be available for all attendees. After the discussion, we will be blessed with a performance of archive-inspired sounds and visuals by artist AJ McClenon.

The Joong Boo Residency Program has ended

I launched the Public Collectors Joong Boo Residency Program in August 2016. This artist residency consists of me buying Korean lunch for the resident at Joong Boo Market on 3333 N. Kimball Avenue in Chicago. I also took a photo and wrote a report on the meal I shared with the resident. After 38 residencies, I have ended this project and will complete a publication about it, and the idea of the meal-based artist residency, next month. The final Joong Boo Residents were Rachel Wallis, Paul Lloyd Sargent, and Jessica Miller. View all past residents here.

With the release of the booklet The Meal-Based Artist Residency, I will also announce my next Public Collectors residency project so stay tuned for that in the next newsletter.

Tumblr - I still use it!

I still use Tumblr to share things from time to time and it's enjoyable to see that people are constantly reblogging content I posted there ten years ago. Yesterday I visited the last Sears store in Chicago city limits, located at Six Corners. The store was built in 1938 and it is closing in 5 days. These are some of the photos I took yesterday and posted on Tumblr. You can see more, along with nearly 3,000 other things I have posted, here.
As always, thank you for reading. I'll have another newsletter in another month or so. And if you live in Chicago, I hope to see you at an event, a protest, or in a library soon.
— Marc / Public Collectors

Public Collectors organizes exhibitions and events, participates in exhibitions organized by others, creates exhibition opportunities for collectors, teaches, lectures, responds to research inquiries, and makes its own publications. The administrator of Public Collectors is Marc Fischer. He is based in Chicago, Illinois.

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