Art & The Making of Esopus Magazine

May 8, 2024

How does a seemingly simple idea take shape and become a magazine described in The New York Times as “a thing of lavish, eccentric beauty?”

Esopus helped realize the visions of artists such as Jenny Holzer, Kerry James Marshall, and Marilyn Minter. On Wednesday, May 8th, at the Colby College Museum of Art, Tod Lippy, the magazine’s founder, and Chris Young, its printer, discussed the the process behind creating a magazine that continually pushed the boundaries of what was possible in the realm of print publishing.

Moderated by Megan Carey, the Colby Museum’s Barbara Alfond director of exhibitions and publications, this program offered an in-depth and behind-the-scenes look inside the many steps required for—and technical challenges encountered during—the creative process.

An audience Q&A and celebratory reception followed the discussion.

The accompanying exhibition "A Lot More Inside: Esopus Magazine" was co-curated by Megan Carey and Tod Lippy with Gary Green and Gianluca Rizzo serving as faculty advisors. It ran from February 15 to May 12, 2024.