Triple Canopy’s development has been inspired in part by a critical engagement with the legacy of Aspen magazine (1965-71). Artists and writers contributed projects to Aspen in the form of easily distributable media such as flip books, flexi-disc records, and paper sculpture. These projects coincided with a broader contemporaneous phenomenon: artworks intended to appear exclusively in magazines. The Medium Was Tedium examines how this move from the exhibition space to the printed page has been subsequently repeated by artists in relation to other media, such as television programming and the Internet. Triple Canopy’s editors will discuss practices that traverse mediums and the media with artists Mel Bochner, Daniel Bozhkov, and Erin Shirreff.

This event is presented as part of the New Silent series, organized by Lauren Cornell, director of Rhizome.

$6 New Museum members, $8 general public

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  • Mel Bochner Born: 1940. Education: Carnegie Institute of Technology, BFA, 1962. Lives and works: New York City, since 1964.
  • Daniel Bozhkov is an artist based in New York. He is a recipient of the 2007 Chuck Close Rome Prize of the American Academy in Rome and of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. His work has been widely exhibited internationally. He is represented by Andrew Kreps Gallery in New York City.
  • Erin Shirreff is an artist based in New York City. Her work is in the collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Yale University Art Gallery; the Metropolitan Museum of Art; and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among others. A monograph of her work was published in 2013.
  • William S. Smith is the editor of Art in America. He is a founding editor of Triple Canopy and, since 2017, an editor emeritus.
  • Colby Chamberlain is contributing editor at Triple Canopy and a Lecturer at Columbia University. His scholarship and criticism focuses on intersections of art and other fields of professional practice, in particular the law. The recipient of a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, a Helena Rubinstein Fellowship at the Whitney Independent Study Program, he contributes to publications including Art in America, Artforum, Cabinet, and Parkett.