ADULT CONTEMPORARY featuring PETER BD, GINGER BROOKS TAKAHASHI + EILEEN MYLES in conjunction with “Xylor Jane: Notebooks” (text by Em Rooney, John Yau).
This is a hybrid artist’s book and drawing monograph by the Massachusetts–based painter Xylor Jane (born 1963), whose works based on or derived from numbers and other systems of order have found critical acclaim among curators and artists internationally. Her often brightly colored, immaculately constructed and executed paintings run parallel to, and are informed by, a drawing activity that is much about notating her daily life as it is comprehending the role of numbers and their history. This book is the first to focus on her drawings and notes, sequenced by the artist herself. This sequence, which includes work from the mid-2000s to the present, is accompanied by essays on her drawings by John Yau and Em Rooney.
PETER BD is a writer who has performed at the Poetry Project, MOMA PS1, and Strand Books, among other places. His most recent book, milk & henny, was released by Inpatient Press in 2018. Catch him hosting his monthy reading series—aptly titled, The Reading Series—at Molasses Books, Jack Barrett Gallery, Berl's Poetry Shop, or another venue near you.
Eileen Myles came to New York from Boston in 1974 to be a poet, subsequently a novelist, public talker and art journalist. A Sagittarius, their twenty books include evolution (poems), Afterglow (a dog memoir), a 2017 re-issue of Cool for You, I Must Be Living Twice/new and selected poems, and Chelsea Girls. Eileen is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Andy Warhol/Creative Capital Arts Writers grant, four Lambda Book Awards, the Shelley Prize from the PSA, and a poetry award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. In 2016, Myles received a Creative Capital grant and the Clark Prize for excellence in art writing. In 2019 they'll be teaching at NYU and Naropa University and they live in New York and Marfa, TX.
Ginger Brooks Takahashi’s collaborative project-based, socially enraged practice is an extension of feminist spaces and queer inquiry, actively building community and nurturing alternative forms of information distribution. She is co-founder of queer and feminist journal LTTR; projet MOBILIVRE BOOKMOBILE project; the touring musical act MEN; and General Sisters. She has presented work at the Oakland Museum of California, 2019; Jewish Museum, 2016; Tensta Konsthall, 2015; Brooklyn Museum, 2013; Museo Tamayo, 2010; New Museum, 2009; and Serpentine Gallery, 2008. She received her BA from Oberlin College and attended the Whitney Independent Study Program in 2007.