6/8/16: AN EVENING OF CLOSE CALLS AT NATIONAL SAWDUST
The event, hosted by comedian/actor Jeff Hiller, included storytelling and musical performances by Esopus 23 CD contributors Jo Lawry, Gabriel Birnbaum, The Big Bright, and Darren Solomon, as well as spoken-word contributions from attendees Stanley Greenberg, Cassandra Jenkins, and Tom Krueger. It was the perfect Esopus gathering, in which artists and audience members were able to connect directly in an intimate, beautiful space. VIEW PHOTOS
5/21/16: AN EVENING WITH KARL OVE KNAUSGAARD
In front of a packed house at Brooklyn’s BookCourt, the celebrated Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgaard (My Struggle) spoke with Esopus editor Tod Lippy about “On the Value of LIterature,” his 5,000-word essay that appears in Esopus 23. Knausgaard also took questions from the audience about his writing process, and the evening ended with a book-signing. VIEW PHOTOS
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5/16–18/16: TWO EVENINGS WITH HAMPTON FANCHER
On Monday, May 16th, and Wednesday, May 18th, Esopus and the Museum of the Moving Image copresented two nights of films by and about legendary screenwriter (and Esopus 23 contributor) Hampton Fancher. The events included rare screenings of the final cut of Blade Runner and Fancher’s 1999 directorial debut, The Minus Man, as well as an excerpt from Escapes, Michael Almereyda’s forthcoming documentary about Fancher. In attendance for both programs, Fancher offered fascinating (and entertaining) insight into his life and work during conversations with the Museum's Chief Curator, David Schwartz, and Esopus editor Tod Lippy.
5/11/16: ESOPUS 23 LAUNCH AT MoMA
An incredible location, perfect weather and a lively crowd of contributors, supporters, subscribers and colleagues combined to create one of our most memorable issue launches at the Museum of Modern Art's Library and Archives. It couldn't have been a more fitting context for the launch of Esopus 23: the issue's installment of our long-running "Modern Artifacts" series, copresented with MoMA's Archives, features 60 years' worth of documents and photos related to events in MoMA's iconic sculpure garden, which the balcony adjoining the Library's Reading Room overlooks. It was a magical night—thanks to everyone who attended! VIEW PHOTOS
12/14/15: THREE TYPES OF READING AMBIGUITY LAUNCH
Esopus hosted a launch event for Three Types of Reading Ambiguity, its Fall 2015 limited-edition artwork by musician Charles Bissell (The Wrens) and artist Beth Campbell, at Campbell’s studio at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on Monday, December 14th, from 7 to 9pm. The evening included a live performance by Bissell, who played a solo set of songs, including “Three Types of Reading Ambiguity,” the Wrens’ single that forms the basis for the Esopus edition. VIEW PHOTOS
6/14/15: HOSPITAL SCREENING AT MOMI
In an event hosted in collaboration with the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, Frederick Wiseman’s remarkable 1970 documentary Hospital was projected in its original 16-mm format in the Museum’s main theater. The event was introduced by Wiseman via Skype from Paris, where the acclaimed filmmaker is cutting his latest movie, Jackson Heights. One hundred frames from Hospital, which New Yorker critic Pauline Kael wrote “is as open and revealing as filmed experience has ever been,” appear in Esopus 22: Medicine.
5/26/15: ESOPUS 22: MEDICINE AT THE KITCHEN
For its fifth collaboration with NYC performance and exhibition venue The Kitchen, Esopus programmed an evening of content related to Esopus 22: Medicine. Actor/director/screenwriter Hampton Fancher (Blade Runner) opened the evening by reading a 1942 letter, reproduced in the issue, written by the late Pulitzer Prize–winning poet William Carlos Williams to a medical student explaining his decision to become both a doctor and a poet. Artist Nina Katchadourian offered an audio-visual presentation related to her project for the issue—the latest iteration of her “Sorted Books” series—incorporating a range of medical thrillers from the library of the late author William S. Burroughs. The evening closed with a performance by musician, actor, filmmaker, and author Will Sheff, the front man of acclaimed alternative band Okkervil River, who performed a series of songs including “Famous Tracheotomies,” the track he created for the Esopus 22: Organs themed CD. The performances were interspersed with audiovisual elements related to the issue—including the debut of a music video for another track for the issue’s CD—Boister’s “Mr. Spleen.” VIEW PHOTOS
5/7/15: ESOPUS 22: MEDICINE LAUNCH PARTY AT SKOWHEGAN
Esopus celebrated the release of its 22nd—and first annual—issue at the recently opened Manhattan space of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. The event drew more than 200 attendees, including numerous contributors to the issue such as Fred Tomaselli, Melissa Meyer, Will Villalongo, Martin Wilner, Danielle Spencer, Thomas Juncher Jensen, MK Czerwiec, and Alex Marvar, as well as a number of past contributors, board members, subscribers, and colleagues. VIEW PHOTOS
11/15/15: SCREENING OF MARWENCOL AT PIONEER WORKS
Esopus was thrilled to cohost a screening of Marwencol, Jeff Malmberg's award-winning documentary about Esopus 5 contributor Mark Hogancamp, at the Pioneer Works Center for Art + Innovation. The capacity crowd enjoyed the film as well as the opportunity to meet Hogancamp—who made a rare NYC appearance at the Brooklyn venue—and to view the attendant exhibition "Women of Marwencol," cocurated by Esopus and Janet Hicks. VIEW PHOTOS
6/5/14: TOD LIPPY SPEAKS AT NASHER SCULPTURE CENTER
Esopus editor Tod Lippy was invited to speak at Dallas’s Nasher Sculpture Center as a part of its 360 Speaker Series. For his lecture, Lippy focused on the evolution and development of Esopus over the course of the past 11 years. The presentation was followed by a reception for attendees. VIEW VIDEO
5/12/14: ESOPUS 21 LAUNCH PARTY
The stunning views from 7 World Trade Center provided the backdrop for the launch of our 21st issue. A number of the issue’s contributors were in attendance at the event, including Michael Arad, the designer of the 9/11 Memorial (of which the spectacular room afforded an unobstructed view). A sincere thanks to Silverstein Properties for generously offering the space to Esopus for the evening. VIEW PHOTOS
12/12/13: ESOPUS CELEBRATES 10TH ANNIVERSARY
The Esopus Foundation Ltd. celebrated 10 years and 20 issues of Esopus at a “birthday party” at Alexander and Bonin in Chelsea, attended by nearly 200 contributors, donors, colleagues and friends. VIEW PHOTOS
12/8/13: ESOPUS AT UNTITLED ART FAIR, MIAMI
Esopus was thrilled to be invited for a second year to take a booth at the Untitled Contemporary Art Fair in Miami. The context was stunning, and the work, exhibited by a range of galleries and nonprofit spaces around the world (all curated by Omar Lopez-Chahoud), was impressive. Esopus offered limited editions created by artists Joyce Pensato, Barbara Bloom, Matthew Benedict, Robert Gober, and Jason Polan & Robert Warner, and editor Tod Lippy delivered a presentation on nonprofit arts publishing with Sina Najafi, the editor of Cabinet. VIEW PHOTOS
12/8/13: ESOPUS 20 LAUNCH PARTY AT MOMA
Esopus celebrated its 20th issue, filled with a range of archival material, at a packed event at the Museum of Modern Art sponsored by MoMA's Archives and Library. The evening included a presentation by editor Tod Lippy, MoMA Chief of Archives Michelle Elligott, and MoMA Chief of Library Milan Hughston. VIEW PHOTOS
5/2/13: ESOPUS 19 LAUNCH PARTY IN BROOKLYN
Sporting a brand-new format, Esopus 19 launched at BRIC Rotunda Gallery in Brooklyn Heights at and event attended by subscribers, contributors, and enthusiasts. The event was a celebration not only of the issue (which was postponed in the fall of 2012 as Esopus relocated its offices to Brooklyn), but also of the Esopus Foundation's new borough. VIEW PHOTOS
10/22/12: AN EVENING WITH VICTORIA MATSUI AND CAT MARTINO
An evening of readings and musical performances related to Esopus 18 held at Brooklyn’s BookCourt. Author Victoria Matsui read her short story, “Good Friends,” which was published in the issue, and singer-songwriter Cat Martino performed a short set of songs. Martino contributed to the issue's CD, “Slonimsky‘s Thesaurus,” which featured a range of musicians’ takes on a legendary book of scales and musical patterns published in 1945 by musicologist and composer Nicolas Slonimsky.
6/22/11: ESOPUS IN SAN FRANCISCO
Thanks to Bay Area readers who made it to our San Francisco event at Press: Works on Paper on June 22. The evening kicked off with a contribution from author Katherine J. Lee, who read her remarkable short-story debut, “Reading,” from Esopus 16. Afterwards, Esopus contributors, readers, and supporters had the chance to peruse copies of the entire run of Esopus while getting to know each other a bit better. VIEW PHOTOS
2/23/11: LISA KUDROW ON THE COMEBACK
Esopus inaugurated a collaborative series with the newly renovated Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens, with a screening and in-person appearance by actress Lisa Kudrow and her producing partner Dan Bucatinsky. In 2005, Kudrow and Michael Patrick King co-created The Comeback, a penetrating and often brutal satire of reality TV, sitcoms, and show business in general, which aired on HBO for only one season (and which was featured, along with an interview with Kudrow and King, in Esopus 15: Television). The program opened with a screening of the series’ first episode, after which Kudrow, who was nominated for an Emmy for her brilliant portrayal of the show’s protagonist, Valerie Cherish, discussed the conception, execution, and untimely demise of the critically lauded series. LISTEN TO DIALOGUE
2/1/11: “AN EVENING WITH ESOPUS” AT THE KITCHEN
Audience members at New York City’s legendary performance and exhibition space The Kitchen joined Esopus for a night of programming related to Esopus 15: Television. The evening will begin with a performance piece by Emmy Award–winning soap-opera writers Jean Passanante (One Life to Live) and Addie Walsh (All My Children), who called upon audience members to assist them in creating a soap-opera scene from scratch. A short program of television-related video work curated and introduced by acclaimed video artist Dara Birnbaum followed, and the evening concluded with a concert by the Brooklyn-based group One Ring Zero, whose “Busted, Plausible, or Confirmed (The MythBusters Song)” was one of the standout tracks on the issue’s CD. VIEW PHOTOS
2/02/10: “AN EVENING WITH ESOPUS" AT THE KITCHEN
For our third event at New York City's legendary performance space The Kitchen, award-winning actress Lili Taylor performed a dramatic reading of “How to Win in Reno” (the short story by Kelly Sandoval that appeared in Esopus 13); multimedia artist Neil Goldberg, who contributed a project to Esopus 8, screened three of his short videos, and singer-songwriter El May closed out the evening with a set of music, including her superb track “Order in the Nothingness,” written for the Esopus 3 CD.
5/13/09: ESOPUS 12 LAUNCH PARTY
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe hosted the launch for our special “Black and White” issue on Wednesday, May 13th. Contributors, readers, and friends were joined by guest deejay Britta Phillips.
11/6/08: TOD LIPPY LECTURES AT SVA
NYC’s School of Visual Arts invited editor Tod Lippy to give a lecture to the MFA Design program’s students.
11/2/08: ESOPUS AT E/AB FAIR
Esopus participated in the 11th annual Editions/Artists’ Book Fair (Oct 31-Nov 2) at the Tunnel in NYC. During the event, we sponsored a site-specific project by Esopus 11 contributor Jason Polan: “100 PEOPLE I SAW AT THE E/AB FAIR.”
5/15/08: ESOPUS 10 LAUNCH PARTY
Contributors, readers, and friends of Esopus gathered at White Columns in Manhattan’s West Village on May 15, 2008 to celebrate the release of our tenth issue.
11/14/07: “AN EVENING WITH ESOPUS” AT THE KITCHEN
This event at NYC arts institution The Kitchen featured an eclectic mix of participants, including actor/director Tom Gilroy (Spring Forward) reading “A Short Film about Andy Warhol,” a screenplay by the late filmmaker and editor (Far from Heaven) Jim Lyons published in Esopus 9 and Brooklyn musical duo High Places, whose track for the Esopus 9 CD was a part of their set of music that closed the evening. The evening also included rare screenings of a short film by Taiwan-based filmmaker Tsai Ming-Liang and a 1991 video by conceptual artist Kay Rosen.
11/7/08: TOD LIPPY LECTURES AT USC
Esopus editor Tod Lippy traveled to Los Angeles to speak at USC’s Roski School of Fine Arts as part of its Visiting Artist lecture series.
10/30/07: MOMA RECEPTION FOR ESOPUS FOUNDATION DONORS
The Esopus Foundation hosted a private viewing of the exhibition “James Lee Byars: The Art of Writing” for Foundation donors on October 30, 2007 at the Museum of Modern Art. The evening included a lecture by MoMA archivist (and Esopus contributor) Michelle Elligott.
10/13/07: NEIL GREENBERG AT STOREFRONT FOR ART AND ARCHITECTURE
Neil Greenberg, whose hand-drawn maps were published for the first time in Esopus 8, was invited to speak about his work at the “Performance Z-A” series at the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York City on October 13, 2007.
5/14/07: ESOPUS 8 LAUNCH PARTY
The Esopus 8 launch party was held at New York City’s Center for Architecture. The evening included a special performance of Headlong Dance Theater’s Cell piece (featured in Esopus 8) by founding members of the Philadelphia-based troupe.
10/24/06: “AN EVENING WITH ESOPUS” AT THE KITCHEN
Esopus hosted a packed event at legendary NYC arts space The Kitchen in late October 2006. The program featured a panel discussion with cinematographer Ellen Kuras, production designer Thérèse DePrez, and critic Amy Taubin; a reading by playwright Christopher Durang and actress Alma Cuervo of “Medea: A Parody” (written by Durang and the late playwright Wendy Wasserstein); and an audio-visual collaboration between actress Jennifer Jason Leigh, poet Vincent Katz, and artist Alex Katz. The evening ended with a set of music by Wrens Charles Bissell and Kevin Whelan (and, for one song, 3 audience members).
6/7/06: AIGA “FRESH DIALOGUE” PANEL
Esopus editor Tod Lippy participated in a panel discussion about magazine publishing with editors Lisa Farjam (Bidoun) and David Haskell (Topic). James Truman moderated the event, which was sponsored by the NY AIGA chapter. Princeton Architectural Press published a book with a transcript and images from the event in 2007.
5/5–6/10/06: MARK HOGANCAMP AT WHITE COLUMNS
Esopus 5 contributor Mark Hogancamp’s one-person show at NYC’s White Columns ran from May 5 – June 10, 2006 as part of White Columns’s Other People’s Projects. The exhibition was curated by Esopus, and featured 45 recent photographs by Mark as well as a sculptural installation. Read critic Jerry Saltz’s Village Voice review HERE.
5/17/06: ESOPUS 6 LAUNCH PARTY
We launched Esopus 6: Process, our first themed issue, at White Columns on May 17, 2006. The evening also included an exhibition of Colter Jacobsen’s “Memory Drawings” project for the issue.
5/11/06: “AN EVENING WITH ESOPUS” AT P.S.1
Esopus magazine presented an evening of readings and performances at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Space as part of the MoMA affiliate’s “Fine Print” series. Playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis read “Dear Sissy (#3),” one of the series of letter-monologues he has written for Esopus over the past three years. Poet Suji Kwock Kim read “Generation,” her 2002 poem which is featured (along with 21 of its earlier drafts printed in facsimile) in Esopus 6. Finally, folk singer Ruth Gerson performed a set of music, including the public premiere of “Kibby, Zocky Merino, and the Man with the Moustache,” a song Gerson wrote for Esopus 4’s “Imaginary Friends” CD.