MOCA Cleveland Hosts Warhol Museum Curator, Third Annual Zine Fair

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With two major programs this week, MOCA Cleveland is offering guests an opportunity to meet the chief curator of the Andy Warhol Museum and dozens of artists and writers from Northeast Ohio and throughout the region.

Before its annual art book and zine fair takes over the building later this week, MOCA Cleveland hosts an insightful discussion with Jose Carlos Diaz, chief curator of the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 6. Diaz was recently included on Artsy’s list of the “20 Most Influential Young Curators in the United States,” and is currently working on his first solo museum show, an exhibition of work by Iranian artist Farhad Moshiri.

Before joining the Warhol Museum, Diaz served as curator of exhibitions at the Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach and worked at the Tate Liverpool and the Liverpool Biennial, as well as the Rubell Family Collection. Diaz earned a BA in Art History from San Francisco State University and his MA in Cultural History from the University of Liverpool. During his visit to Cleveland, Diaz will participate in four studio visits with local artists.

Bound: Art Book + Zine Fair 2017 takes place from 5 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 8, and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9. Requiring not much more than a copy machine, artist books and zines offer emerging voices a self-publishing platform for uncensored and uncompromising expression. For the third year, MOCA Cleveland hosts a two-day festival dedicated to handmade and small print artists’ books, zines, comics and more. In addition to discovering and purchasing work by zine and art book publishers, comics creators and photo book makers, guests can enjoy live music, DJ sets, readings, book signings and demonstrations. Bound 2017 is curated by TR Ericsson and sponsored by Medical Mutual of Ohio.

“The artist book and zine world is a passionate world,” says Ericsson. “People give so much to an event like this on both sides of the exhibitor's table, and the diversity, spirit of openness, curiosity, inclusiveness, genuine inspiration and energy is so desperately needed now more than ever. These are all individuals who care about their worlds and all the complex data points they comprise and respond with heart, mind and even body to put something out into the world that no one asked for but that we all desperately need.”

This year’s exhibitors include 80 Proof Comix, Amalgamated Hoverchair, Aqualamb, Autre Magazine, Blunt, Stephen Chalmers, Adam Jason Cohen, Dai Cin Gino, Jessica Earhart, Earthman's Press, Eleanor: A Zine, Elder Media, Fag Enabler, Nick Ferreira, Ash Fiasco, Evan Fusco, Michael Gill, Halfmoon Projects, Hesse Press, Jenna Houston, Justin Hustle, IZEN, Robert Moses Joyce, Christopher Kardambikis, Khroma Magazine, Kitchen Table (Re)Dux, Jacob Koestler, Scott Kraynak, Kunsthalle Marcel Duchamp, Mac's Backs Books, Mike Majewski, My Idea of Fun, Nomadic Bookshelf, Outlandish Press, The Panoptic Press, Nathan Pearce, Charles Schoen, "See Me" with MetroHealth and Cleveland Book Week, Southern Exposure, Megan Tepper, R.A. Washington, Wilt Press and Zatara Press.

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“This year's Bound is a mix of familiar faces and new friends,” says Ericsson. “Locally, Robert Moses Joyce will be joining Bound for the first time. He's in the band Ma Holos and is a talented photographer who makes some amazing zines. Look for his Dolls on the Maxway zine. It's a fantastic work printed at Outlandish Press, a local publisher doing some incredible work. Outlandish Press will also have a table at the fair. This is exactly what Bound is all about: bringing energetic creative people together from different places and disciplines to present these diverse publications to an equally diverse public. Megan Tepper and RA Washington will join us again this year and many other local artists and publishers from previous years. Caitie Moore's amazing Nomadic Bookshelf and Suzanne Degatano from Mac's Backs on Coventry.”

Bound is MOCA Cleveland’s third annual art book and zine fair. Initially known as Mimeo Revolution, the event was inspired by mimeographs of the 1960s and 70s. Mimeographs offered artists, poets and writers unprecedented access to quick, cheap printing, and allowed these individuals to self-publish experimental work often ignored by mainstream publishers. This democratization of distribution is at the heart of today’s zine and small press self-publishing movement, and the inspiration for MOCA Cleveland’s Bound Art Book + Zine Fair.

“I hear again and again from people that they look forward to this event now,” says Ericsson. “And that's what Bound was meant to do, bring well-known local artists and lesser known younger artists together and combine them with national and even international publishers and zine makers. This year we'll have Autre Magazine, a publication out of LA and Swiss artist Stefan Banz's voluminous and brilliant KMD (Kunsthalle Marcel Duchamp). Both will be available either to purchase or to order at a special table. Also, and this is worth a special mention, Hesse Press who regularly does the New York and Los Angeles Book fairs, has recently relocated to Cleveland and heard about the Bound event and got in touch and asked to be a part of it.”

At 8 p.m. on Friday night, Eris Drew, Half an Animal and Kiernan Paradise perform a free concert on MOCA Cleveland’s loading dock as part of its ongoing Loaded concert series, incorporating electronic music, performance art, avant rock and punk. The series is sponsored by Medical Mutual of Ohio and curated by RA Washington (Mourning [A] BLKstar, Guide to Kulchur Press), Lisa Miralla (Mysterious Black Box on WCSB) and Haley Morris (Kiernan Paradise).

Bound is free and open to the public, but admission is still required to view MOCA Cleveland’s current exhibitions.

(MOCA Cleveland) 11400 Euclid Ave., 216-421-8671,

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