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Minerva ProjectsBy Minerva Projects
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Minerva ProjectsBy Minerva Projects
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About

Minerva Projects is a nonprofit founded on a powerful idea about what it takes to make an art-centric book. 

Minerva Projects supports artists and curators who have expressed the desire to analyze their practice in light of historiographical, political, philosophical or spiritual frameworks. 

This publishing laboratory is a place where community members, neighbors, writers, and general audiences gather around the work of each curator and artist to discuss the origin of their practice. Every project is unique and the program is determined by where the artist works and the kind of work being made. While Hrag and Daisy’s projects unfolded in Denver, Tamy and Miki’s transpires in New York. Upcoming artist, Rey Akdogan’s program will take place in Pine Plains, NY, and then we will meet in Indiana at Anindita Dutta’s studio. 

The imprint of Minerva Projects is modest but has a finely tuned team working hard to ensure three books are made with care and precision. Joshua Gamma in Baltimore is the series designer, Alexandra Dennett in New York is the Editorial Assistant, Whitney Mashburn in Boston is the Copy Editor, and Ariel Kiskiras in Denver helps with marketing.

  The team shares a commitment to curating and book making that contextualizes, historicizes, and theorizes the work and research of artists and curators who animate minority histories. Our goal is to publish books that help insure artists continue their upward trajectory, gaining in attention, reputation, and significance in the art world. Our intention is to focus on accuracy — storytelling that simultaneously honors the artist’s intentions but also analyzes their premise with the objective of arriving at a clear understanding of their contributions to contemporary culture. 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • Kealey Boyd, Writer, Hyperallergic, Lecturer, MSU, Denver
  • Joanna Darst, Global Director of Media and Consumer Activation, Molson Coors
  • Tim Roberts, Director, Counterpath, Denver
  • Derrick Velasquez, Co-founder, Tank Studios, and Founder, Yes Ma’am Projects

ADVISORY COUNCIL

  • Claire Barliant, Writer, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston
  • Nicole Caruth, Artistic Director, Union for Contemporary Art, Omaha
  • Theodora Doulamis, Exhibition Designer, Detroit Institute of Arts
  • Heba Farid, Co-Founder Contemporary Image Collective, Cairo & TINTERA, London/Cairo
  • Cecily Cullen, Director, Center for Visual Art, MSU, Denver
  • Baron Kelly, Head of Acting, University of Louisville
  • Lyra Kilston, Freelance Writer & Editor, J. Paul Getty Museum
  • Steven Matijcio, Curator, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati

TITLES FOR 2019

Project I: Hrag Vartanian

Texts by Hrag Vartanian and David Lowe, an interview with Gariné Torossian,  photo portfolios by Aram Jibilian and Rehan Miskci

Project II: Daisy Patton

"Visiting" by William Max Nelson, "Memory and Its Bodies" by Rachel da Silva Gorman, and an interview with Daisy Patton

Project III: Tamy Ben Tor and Miki Carmi

Interpreted transcripts from studio visits with Tamy Ben-Tor and Miki Carmi

While we keep costs down, there are basic expenses when publishing books. The books average 220 pages, include black and white images, and measure 8 1/4 by 5 1/8 inches. Each book is printed in a limited edition of 300 copies. The associated costs are listed here.

· Contributors' Fee, 1000 per title

· Graphic Designer, 2000 per title

· Copy Editor, 500 per title

· Printing, 7000 per title

· Shipping, 400 per title

· Distribution‚ Paypal and Shipping fees, 1000 per title

· Administration (ISBN and Miscellaneous costs) 250 per title

TOTAL PRODUCTION COST PER TITLE $12,150 per title

COST OF 2019 Minerva Press Titles $36,450

Support

Minerva Projects is a registered 501c3. Your pledges are tax deductible, exceptions are noted here.

Pledge $20: Our gratitude

Pledge $100 or more: Your Name Listed on the Slipcase

Pledge $200 or more: Receive an Early Copy of the Series in its Slipcase - you can deduct $100

Pledge $500 or more: Tamy Ben-Tor and Miki Carmi Studio Visit - you can deduct $400

Pledge $700 or more: An Oil Painting by Daisy Patton - you can deduct $200

Pledge $3,000 or more: A Museum Day with Hrag Vartanian of Hyperallergic - you can deduct $2500

Risks and challenges

Our goal is to begin publishing this series in June. This is possible if the campaign is a success. The writers are working away, and design concepts are in development. Information and updates will be published on the website: www.minervaprojects.org and shared via newsletter. Be sure to sign up on the website if you'd like to be in touch and receive email updates.

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    We want to create a lively, generous community of people who love books and want the work of artists to be shared widely. Thank you for supporting this vision.

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    Minerva Projects wants to build community that supports experimental writing. As a gesture marking this mission, your name will be included on the slipcase made for the complete 2019 set of books. We imagine a map of names across the beautiful box, showing a growing community of people across the world who are excited by early photography, contemporary art, and experimental art writing and book making. If you prefer to remain anonymous, we will honor your wish. Indicate this preference in an email (director@minervaprojects.org).

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    Tamy Ben-Tor and Miki Carmi Studio Visit

    We will gather at their Brooklyn studio, enjoy a conversation about their work, followed by cocktails and light fare.

    Longstanding collaborators in life and art, performance artist Tamy Ben-Tor and painter Miki Carmi excavate and analyze human archetypes through their philosophically oriented practice. Their Brooklyn studio roots their practice. Carmi’s primary subjects are his grandparents and parents, who he photographs and paints, removing hair and identifying clothing. This is set in stark contrast to Ben-Tor’s similarly probing human studies, which are based on close observation and extrapolation of behaviors through her expansive fluency with language, accent, gesture, costuming and aural effect.

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    An Oil Painting by Daisy Patton

    The oil painting Daisy is making for you measures 10 x 8 inches, oil on archival print mounted to panel. The image here is not what you will receive, but shares in a love of pattern, color, and portraiture. She will also share information about the source image.

    The second book Minerva Press will publish is Daisy Patton: Excerpts from Forgetting is so long. Daisy is gaining audiences and collectors around the world. Recently, her work has been shown in shows at CU Boulder Art Museum, K Contemporary, Denver, 516 Arts, Albuquerque, Paradigm Gallery and Ekaterina Popova, Philadelphia, Gallery Serendip, Kobe, Japan, Harper Center for the Arts, Clinton, South Carolina, The National Weather Center, Norman, Oklahoma, among many other galleries.

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    A Museum Day with Hrag Vartanian

    You and your two guests will gather in the Hudson Valley at Minerva Projects's new Pine Plains, New York address, and venture out for a guided visit to two internationally regarded art spaces, after which we will exchange thoughts over a farm to table dinner. "Fixed Point Perspective: Ottoman Studio Photography's Contemporary Legacy," edited by Hrag Vartanian, launches this book series. Hrag and his guest, an artist featured in the book, will join us for an afternoon and evening that promises great art, good food, and animated, informed conversation. Dates are set based on your schedule.

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