CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/28/2023
Saturday, October 28 at 4 PM, Artbook @ MoMA PS1 Bookstore presents the new Blank Forms publication Curtis Cuffie. Photographers Katy Abel and Tom Warren and art historian and curator Bonnie Yochelson will be discussing and honoring the late artist Curtis Cuffie's legacy. There will also be a screening of an excerpt from a documentary made by the late photographer Margaret Morton. RSVP for the event and pre-order a signed copy of the book at artbookstores.com. Join in-person or livestream on Instagram at @artbookps1.
This event celebrates the publication of Curtis Cuffie (Blank Forms Editions, 2023), the first publication about Cuffie. The photobook seeks to honor the artist by collecting the efforts of two of his partners: Carol Thompson, who lived with Cuffie from 1996 to 2001 and archived a great number of his 35mm photographs, and Abel, a Cooper Square resident who took hundreds of snapshots of his art. Curtis Cuffie is designed by Julie Peeters, edited by Scott Portnoy and Robert Snowden with Ciarán Finlayson, and additionally includes writing by the artist Finlayson and critic Alan Moore, and images taken by Tom Warren and Margaret Morton.
Curtis Cuffie (1955–2002) was an artist who lived and worked in and around the East Village from the mid-1980s until his untimely death in the early 2000s. He moved to New York from Hartsville, South Carolina, as a teenager and lived unhoused for long stretches of his adult life. Cuffie found local notoriety for the way he adorned the streets of downtown New York, collecting what the city provided, often sifting trash to stage on-the-spot sculptures along the Bowery and Cooper Square. His arrangements took the form of impossibly balanced towers, delicate shrines, and unwieldy processions up to thirty-feet in length installed along the walls, fences, and sidewalks of the Lower East Side. Nearly without fail they were removed by the police, inclement weather, the department of sanitation, or the grounds team at Cooper Union, which would later employ him.
Artbook @ MoMA PS1 Bookstore
Katy Abel, Tom Warren and Bonnie Yochelson on 'Curtis Cuffie'
Saturday, October 28 at 4PM EST
22-25 Jackson Ave (at 46th Ave.)
Long Island City, NY 11101
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BLANK FORMS EDITIONS
Pbk, 8 x 10.75 in. / 248 pgs / 93 color / 75 b&w.
$39.95 free shipping