City Life Org – Print Center New York presents “Visual Record: The Materiality of Sound in Print” for New Space in October

Bethany Collins. America: A Hymnal, 2017. Artist book with 100 laser-cut sheets. 6 × 9 × 1 inches. Edition of 25. Published by PATRON Gallery, Chicago. © Bethany Collins. Image courtesy of the artist and PATRON Gallery, Chicago. Photo by Evan Jenkins.

International Print Center New York (IPCNY), New York’s flagship nonprofit arts institution dedicated to promoting print as the primary artistic, cultural and social medium, will be renamed New York Printing Center when her new home opens in October. As part of a strategic plan created for Print Center New York’s 20th anniversary in 2021, the naming, along with an upcoming visual identity, reflects this new chapter’s vision for the celebrated art space. The steps include building the board of directors and Personaldeepening support for artists with new professional development opportunities, expanding the exhibition calendar to incorporate monographic exhibitions, and exploring the role of prints within a broader and more diverse artistic and cultural framework.

Print Center New York will inaugurate the new space on the ground floor at 535 West 24th Street with Visual recording: the materiality of sound in print, an exhibition exploring how artists since the 1970s have used print-based processes to examine the relationship between sound and its visual representation. Organized by the guest curator Elleree Erdoswho has since been appointed Director, Prints and Multiples at David Zwirner, the presentation includes works by 15 artists, including Terry Adkins, John Cage, Bethany Collins, Glenn Ligon, Christian Marclay, Dario Robleto and Audra Wolowiec, among others. Visual recording will be visible until January 2023.

Rooted in the traditions of sound and print, the works of Visual recording reflect a growing interest in how print relates to and informs broader multimedia practices, both technically and conceptually. Visual recording will highlight artists whose work translates between sound and print through resolutely physical means. Across a wide range of subject matter – from the rhythms of jazz and American nostalgia to the sound of silence and the encoding of race in sound matter – the works show how the idea of ​​”disc” is reinforced through approaches innovative techniques and concepts for engraving.

An accompanying publication features essays by Elleree Erdos, Jennifer L. Roberts and David Toop, and will be available for purchase this fall.

Public programs related to Visual Record as well as information on future exhibitions will be announced soon.

Print Center New York is New York’s premier nonprofit exhibition space dedicated to exploring the dynamic and accessible medium of print within broader artistic and cultural discourses. Print Center New York engages the public in a welcoming environment, both onsite and online, through interdisciplinary exhibits, innovative scholarship, educational programs, and digital resources. A 501(c)(3) institution, Print Center New York depends on the foundation, government, individual support, and member contributions to fund its programs. Opening in early October 2022, a new ground-floor space at 535 West 24th Street designed by architect Markus Dochantschi of studioMDA will house the Print Center New York’s exhibition galleries and offices, dramatically expanding public access and programming ability.

Briana R. Cross