Esopus 24 launches at NYPL on May 9th

March 20, 2017
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Esopus 24, due on newsstands in early May, will launch at the New York Public Library on May 9th. The issue, clocking in at 228 pages, includes the following:

Artists’ projects by:
  • • Carlos Amorales (a 16-page portfolio with a 22"-by-32" removable poster)
  • • Ted Barker (a suite of 16 drawings) 
  • • Hayden Dunham (a custom-designed pocket incorporating two inserts on rare specialty stocks, as well as an audio component)
  • • Marco Maggi (two inserts which readers can remove to create their own artworks, which will be shown in an exhibition curated by Maggi at the New York Public Library next September)
  • • Tony Tasset (16 removable inserts)
  • • Jane and Louise Wilson (a portfolio of photocollages with an expandable insert). 
• An interview with translator Ann Goldstein, perhaps best-known for her English translations of Elena Ferrante’s novels, followed by three drafts, reproduced in facsimile, of a portion of Goldstein’s translation of a Primo Levi short story
• Never-before-published archival photographs from the 1970s by legendary photographer Arthur Tress, along with an essay and interview with Tress by curator James A. Ganz
• A piece on the quiltmaking of Ernest B. Haight (1899–1992), a farmer in Nebraska who created more than 400 mesmerizing quilts over the course of his life, with an introduction by curator Jonathan Gregory
• 100 frames from Beats of the Antonov, an unforgettable Sudanese documentary from 2015 by director hajooj kuka (introduced by filmmaker Dylan Valley)
• Remarkable portraits by photographer and videographer Clayton Patterson of the drag performers at New York City’s Pyramid Club in the mid-1980s

New installments of these regular Esopus series:
• Modern Artifacts, showcasing archival material from the Museum of Modern Arts selected by Chief of Archives Michelle Elligott (for this issue, we reproduce documents and photographs related to MoMA’s Italian Masters exhibition from 1940)
• New Voices, presenting short fiction by never-before-published authors (a beautiful short story by Julia Drake)
• Guarded Opinions, edited by Paul VanDeCarr, for which Brooklyn Museum guard Marianna Pombrik offers fascinating commentary on several artworks in the museum's permanent collection.

We’re particularly excited to announce a brand-new series, Public Access, which we've embarked upon with the New York Public Library. Every issue of Esopus will present a treasure from the Library’s extraordinary collections, and for this inaugural installment, we showcase an exquisite “friendship album” from the turn of the 19th century from the Library’s Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.  

The issue will close with “Pioneer Sessions,” an audio CD of music created in the recording studio of Brooklyn’s Pioneer Works. The compilation will include tracks from a dynamic and diverse range of musicians, including Actual MagicBrooklyn Raga MassiveGrand, Fox, and FryeHariboJaiko & BenoitKleinMiss Information (Miho Hatori)Marijuana DeathsquadsTara Jane O'NeilSenyawaYonatan Gat; and Otomo Yoshihide, Kahimi Karie, and Niki.

Order an advance copy of the issue here.