Monthly Archives: March 2015

“Histories of the Alphabet”: Johanna Drucker at Fales Library, Tomorrow at 6pm

New York University’s Fales Library and Special Collections presents the 2015 Fales Lecture“Histories of the Alphabet” by Johanna Drucker on April 1, 2015 at 6:00pm at the Fales Library, 70 Washington Square South, Third Floor, New York, NY 10012. [Subways A,C,E, B,D,M to West 4th Street; 6 line to Astor Place; R train to 8th Street]. A reception will follow Drucker’s talk.

In its many forms and variations, the alphabet has been in continuous and widespread use for more than three millennia. Conceptions of its origin, development, identity, and diffusion have embodied models of history as varied in method as they are in belief. This presentation examines ways this rich field of materials might inform humanistic scholarship at the intersection of traditional approaches (historiographical, textual, graphical, archaeological) and those making use of digital tools and platforms while reflecting on a media technology that undergirds global networks of communication.

  • WHO & WHAT: The 2015 Fales Lecture and NYU English Department’s First Wednesday Event Lecture: “Histories of the Alphabet” by Johanna Drucker;  Reception to follow.
  • WHEN & WHERE:  April 1, 2015 at 6:00p, Fales Library, 3rd floor, Elmer Holme Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South (at LaGuardia Place). [Subways A,C,E, B,D,M to West 4th Street; 6 line to Astor Place; R train to 8th Street].

Space is limited; the public should please rsvp.bobst[at], specifying the event.

Johanna Drucker is the Breslauer Professor of Bibliographical Studies in the Department of Information Studies at UCLA. She is internationally known for her work in the history of graphic design, typography, experimental poetry, fine art, and digital humanities. In addition, she has a reputation as a book artist, and her limited edition works are in special collections and libraries worldwide. Her most recent titles include SpecLab: Digital Aesthetics and Speculative Computing (Chicago, 2009), and Graphic Design History: A Critical Guide (Pearson, 2008).

The 2015 Fales Lecture and NYU English Department’s First Wednesday Event is sponsored by the NYU Fales Library and Special Collections, and the NYU English Department.

About Fales Library and Special Collections:

The Fales Library, comprising nearly 355,000 volumes and over 10,000 linear feet of archive and manuscript materials, houses the Fales Collection of rare books and manuscripts in English and American literature, the Downtown Collection, the Marion Nestle Food Studies Collection and the general special collections of the NYU Libraries. The Fales Collection was given to NYU in 1957 by DeCoursey Fales in memory of his father, Haliburton Fales. It is especially strong in English literature from the middle of the 18th century to the present, documenting developments in the novel. The Downtown Collection, founded in 1993, documents the downtown New York art, performance, and literary scenes from 1975 to the present and is extremely rich in archival holdings, including extensive film and video.  The goal of the Downtown Collection is to comprehensively collect the full range of artistic practices and output of the Downtown scene, regardless of format.  This research collection, built on a documentary strategy, supports the research of students and scholars who are interested in the intersection of the contemporary arts with other forms of cultural and artistic expression.

The NYU Division of Libraries holds over 4 million volumes and comprises of five libraries in Manhattan and one each in Brooklyn, Abu Dhabi and Shanghai,. Its flagship, the Elmer Holmes Bobst Library on Washington Square, receives 2.6 million visits annually. Around the world the Libraries offers access to more than 1.2 million electronic journals, books, and databases. For more information about the NYU Libraries, please visit

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[liblink] Digital Humanities & Archives: public lecture April 2

The Graduate School of Arts & Sciences and NYU Libraries’ Digital Scholarship Services are hosting a series of public lectures on digital humanities topics this spring, sponsored by the Polonsky Foundation. Check out this first event this Thursday, April 2nd:
Molly O’Hagan Hardy
The Presence of the Past
Thursday, April 2, 5-6:30pm
Bobst Library Avery Fisher Center, Avery Room, 2nd Floor
The digitization of early modern texts offers an encounter with temporal dislocation as new and old media meet. The presence of the past in objects that have been retained and remediated is at once foregrounded and elided in the digital moment. With examples from the eighteenth-century transatlantic book trade as represented in library catalogs and content databases, Molly O’Hagan Hardy will examine time’s traces in the archives and how such traces can be re-conceived or eclipsed in digital humanities projects, ultimately asking how dueling temporalities define scholarly practices of research on archival materials in the digital age.
For more information on this lecture, see
For a description of the whole series, see
Note: This event is open to the public; registration is not required. Attendees without an NYU ID card should enter at the guard’s desk in the library’s atrium.

[liblink] Reminder to Grad students: Join us for a “final stretch” research breakfast on Thursday!

Here’s a reminder from NYU libraries about its upcoming research breakfast:

Hello from the NYU Libraries:

As you prepare for the final stretch of the semester, join us for breakfast, talk with our librarians about your work and take care of those lingering research to-do list items. We’ll have specialists from across the disciplines who can help get you (re)oriented to library resources, answer your questions about citation management tools, and help you get the most out of our collections and services.

This event lasts for two hours, and you can come and go as you please.

DATE: Thursday, April 2nd
TIME: 10am to noon
PLACE: Bobst Library, 10th floor Grad Student Exchange (northwest corner)

Click here to sign up!

We look forward to seeing you there,

The NYU Libraries Graduate Student Working Group


Panel Series: “The Magazine as Medium,” with Lori Cole, Kim Conaty, Hal Foster, Dan Fox, Ruth Graham, Silvia Kolbowski, Carey Snyder, Lorin Stein, and Betsy Sussler

Draper’s very own Professor Lori Cole is involved in an interesting panel series on magazines called “The Magazine as Medium” at Cabinet in Brooklyn. Check out the details below!

Please join us for a three-part series exploring the interview, the questionnaire, and the letter to the editor—three frequently overlooked forms that are nevertheless constitutive of many magazines. Each of these genres serves as a site of interaction between editors, contributors, and readers and is often used to assert or reinforce a magazine’s platform. The series will contextualize the development of each seemingly minor form and investigate its present uses in order to consider the role that it has had in articulating the identity of print publications across history.

Location: Cabinet
 300 Nevins Street, Brooklyn NY 11217

The Magazine as Medium 1: The Interview
Panelists: Lorin Stein and Betsy Sussler
Moderated by Kim Conaty
Thursday, 9 April 2015
7–9 pm
From Interview magazine to the Believer, interviews have long defined the identity of publications, demonstrating how enticing the voice of the artist or writer is to readers and scholars. This panel will consider the history and legacy of two premier venues for author and artist interviews—The Paris Review and Bomb—through a conversation with their editors, asking: What is at stake in a magazine choosing to foreground the voice of the author or artist?

The Magazine as Medium 2: The Questionnaire
Panelists: Hal Foster and Silvia Kolbowski
Moderated by Lori Cole
Monday, 11 May 2015
7–9 pm

“What is the avant-garde?” “What constitutes political art?” “What should Latin American art be?” These are just a few of the questionnaires issued by editors from the late nineteenth century through the present in publications ranging from La Révolution Surréaliste to the Partisan Review to Artforum. This evening’s panelists will examine both the impulse to issue questionnaires and their relationship to aesthetics: Hal Foster will discuss several questionnaires from October—on visual culture, the contemporary, and recessional aesthetics—while Silvia Kolbowski will focus on the difference between the questionnaire on feminism she issued in October in 1995 and her use of the form in the context of her installation “an inadequate history of conceptual art.

The Magazine as Medium 3: The Letter to the Editor
Panelists: Dan Fox and Ruth Graham
Moderated by Carey Snyder
Thursday, 18 June 2015
7–9 pm

Why do people write letters to the editor? As one of the only democratic platforms embedded in the magazine, the “letters to the editor” section anticipated the interactive media forums of today by enabling readers to participate in the public sphere—whether through rants, corrections, or expressions of admiration. Historically, this section has also been a place where editors intervened pseudonymously in their own publications, a practice that Dan Fox will discuss in a contemporary context in relation to satire and art magazines, while Ruth Graham will examine high- and lowbrow letters as particular genres and the differences between reading such letters online and in print.

Lori Cole is assistant professor and Faculty Fellow in the Draper Program at New York University, where she teaches art history. She received her PhD in comparative literature from New York University in 2012 and was a postdoctoral fellow at Brandeis University, where she organized the symposium “Print Culture: Past, Present, Future” in 2013. She has published widely on art and print culture and is currently writing a book about questionnaires issued on art and national identity across the Americas in the early twentieth century.Kim Conaty is the Sue and Eugene Mercy, Jr., Assistant Curator in the Department of Drawings and Prints at the Museum of Modern Art, where she recently organized the exhibition “Abstract Generation: Now in Print” (2013). Since 2008, she has collaborated on several exhibitions at MoMA, notably “In & Out of Amsterdam: Travels in Conceptual Art, 1960–1976″ (2009) and “Print/Out” (2012), and contributed texts to numerous catalogues. A PhD candidate at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, Conaty was a Clark Summer Fellow in 2014 and is currently completing her dissertation on Avalanche magazine.

Hal Foster teaches art history and theory at Princeton University. Foster was a founding editor of Zone magazine and Zone Books, and he writes regularly for October (which he co-edits), Artforum, and the London Review of Books. His new book Bad New Days: Art, Criticism, Emergency will be published by Verso in the fall.

Dan Fox is co-editor of frieze magazine. His writing has appeared in numerous exhibition catalogues, and his book Pretentiousness: Why It Matters will be published by Fitzcarraldo Editions later this year. He co-runs the music label Junior Aspirin Records, which has recently released two LPs by his bands Big Legs and the God in Hackney. As a teenager, he once had a letter published in the Times objecting to the London newspaper’s coverage of contemporary art.

Ruth Graham is a contributing writer at Slate and the Boston Globe. As a freelance journalist, she has reported for Al Jazeera America, the Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. She once had a letter to the editor published in New York magazine.

Silvia Kolbowski is a New York–based artist working with time-based media. Her work addresses questions of historicization, political resistance, and the unconscious. Kolbowski is on the advisory board of October, where she was a co-editor between 1993 and 2000, and her writings have also been published in Artforum, Texte zur Kunst,Documents, and Parachute.

Carey Snyder is associate professor of English at Ohio University. Her essays on modernist magazines have appeared in the Journal of Modern Periodical Studies and theModernist Journals Project website. She is the author of British Fiction and Cross-Cultural Encounters: Ethnographic Modernism from Wells to Woolf (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008), and the editor of the Broadview Press cultural studies edition of H. G. Wells’s Ann Veronica (forthcoming 2015).

Lorin Stein is editor of the Paris Review.

Betsy Sussler is co-founder, publisher, and editor-in-chief of Bomb.

Beer for this event has been lovingly provided by Brooklyn Brewery. Refreshments courtesy of Sprizz-O.

Tomorrow! 6PM | Making Art, Making the World: Great New Books in the Humanities with Louis Bury & Bruce Bromley

NYU’s Humanities Initiative has a talk tomorrow in its Great New Books in the Humanities series that might interest some Draperites!

Making Art, Making the World: Great New Books in the Humanities with Louis Bury and Bruce Bromley

In two recent books from Dalkey Archive Press, Louis Bury and Bruce Bromley each consider the ways in which criticism itself is an act of artistic making. Join us for an evening of reading and spirited conversation about the joys of undercover poesis.

Louis Bury, Exercises in Criticism: The Theory and Practice of Literary Constraint (Champaign: Dalkey Archive Press, 2015).

Bruce Bromley, Making Figures: Reimagining Body, Sound, and Image in a World That Is Not for Us (Champaign: Dalkey Archive Press, 2014).

The event will be held Tomorrow, March 31st @ 6 pm on the 5th floor of 20 Cooper Square.


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