People’s Pamphlets
Printers’ Ball, July 27, 2015
and October 9 - September 25, 2015 
at Spudnik Press Cooperative 

The People’s Pamphlets is a risograph edition of 25 tri-fold pamphlets by con-temporary artists. Brochures are not thematically oriented, rather they animate the interests of each individual artist in a wildly disparate, fantastically in-cohesive manner.
While digitally distributed media has fast usurped pen and paper as a means of com-munication, certain public spaces remain deeply hospitable to the dynamism and efficacy of print media. Festivals, welcome centers, information kiosks, transit depots, shopping hubs and the like remain stocked with brochures, bi-folds, tri-folds, pam-phlets, fliers, and circulars—all free for the indiscriminate taking.

As a curatorial endeavor, the People’s Pamphlets is situated within of history of the artist-brochure in the broader context of artists’ books and ephemera, and consid-ers the continued relevance of print within sites of spectacle, tourism or travel – par-ticularly as these spaces themselves con-tinue to digitize. To that end, the project also operates within the broader history of cultural “festivalism” which has deep roots in grand tours, world’s fairs, biennials and, more recently, trade expositions and art fairs. The name is a nod to the Chicago Cultural Center, which was once coined the “People’s Palace” and remains central a destination for culture and…pamphlets.

Pamphlets by (in order) Alva Mooses, Dianna Frid, Adelheid Mers, Academy Records, Ernesto Pujol, Eric Ruschman, Gurl don’t be dumb, Gareth Long, Fred Sasaki, Johanna Drucker, Lisa Haller Baggesen Ross, Maddy Reyna, Ian Weaver, Michael Milano, Conrad Bakker, Phaedra Call, Ryan Richey, Maria Gaspar, Sonja Thomsen, Shaan Syed, Rachel Foster, Pulp and Pastry, Leonardo Selvaggio; not pictured, Krista Franklin, Kelly Lloyd, Kyle Schlie.