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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, February 9 2019 12:53 AM UTC +00:00.

Minerva ProjectsBy Minerva Projects
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Minerva ProjectsBy Minerva Projects
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$4,676
pledged of $25,000pledged of $25,000 goal
24
backers
20days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, February 9 2019 12:53 AM UTC +00:00.

About

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

 I launched Minerva Projects after two decades of making art books, writing, and organizing contemporary art exhibitions. The press is at the heart of this project with its dedication to publishing three titles a year. I collaborate with artists and writers and educators everywhere I go: Cairo, Cambridge, New York City, Louisville, Denver, and Pine Plains, New York.  The first set of books is the work of an amazing group of people, all over the world, from Boulder, Colorado to Boston and New York, and then across the Atlantic to London, Yerevan, Jerusalem, and Beirut.

Minerva Projects is, for now, a modest operation. Boots on the ground, we create exhibitions in all sorts of places — a garage, perhaps a library, an artist's studio, or park — these settings help us think and talk about the art, all in the hopes of generating and exchanging ideas among experts and general audiences. These ideas, developed in a creative, open setting, help us see the work of artists and curators. We gather, we talk, we document the exchanges, and then writers and designers create the books that  communicate all that simmered and surfaced within the exhibition space and through our discussions.

Yasmeen Siddiqui (me, founding director,) works hand-in-hand with series book designer Joshua Gamma, based in Baltimore, where he is a graduate student at the art school MICA; and copy editor Whitney Mashburn, a curator based in Boston. The book subjects — the artists and curators — are at the heart of this collaboration. The goal here is to make books that express with accuracy and insight the nuances of their work in beautiful ways that tickle readers' imaginations, be they art lovers, art historians, or educators.

A network of advisors and board members keeps Minerva Projects honest and relevant to a growing community of people who enjoy thinking about culture.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • Kealey Boyd, Writer, Hyperallergic, Lecturer, MSU, Denver
  • Joanna Darst, Global Director of Media and Consumer Activation, Molson Coors
  • Andrew Getahun, Immunologist, Assistant Professor, University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • 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

Fixed Point Perspective: Ottoman Studio Photography and Its Contemporary Legacy

Daisy Patton Contributors include: William Max Nelson and Rachel da Silva Gorman

Tamy Ben-Tor and Miki Carmi  

Every dollar raised goes to production costs. The books average 220 pages, include black and white images, and measures 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

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

Pledge $500 or more: Tamy Ben-Tor and Miki Carmi Studio Visit

Pledge $700 or more: An Oil Painting by Daisy Patton

Pledge $3,000 or more: A Museum Day with Hrag Vartanian of Hyperallergic

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 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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    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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    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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