Just following the 2017 NYABF, the hashtag #MeToo spread throughout New York and across the globe at light speed. Many of our friends and colleagues spoke out about painful experiences of the past and present. Celebrities seemed to shout it left and right—some careers bolstered while others burned to the ground. With all this energy surrounding women today, we like to remind ourselves that almost everything is a work in progress. We want to celebrate the progress we have made as women in publishing over the last 30+ years, identify women’s influence on the field, and reimagine the future. This panel brings together Johanna Drucker, author and artist, Nontsikelelo Mutiti, artist and educator, Erin Zona, artistic director of the Women’s Studio Workshop, and Martha Wilson, artist and founder of Franklin Furnace, to discuss the influence of women on artists’ book publishing from the 70s to today. #TheFutureIsFemale.
Presented by Small Editions at NYABF. Recording courtesy Blank Forms.