My Favorite Book
My Favorite Book was a live, serialized, online program that took place on weeknights in the month of June 2021. It was hosted by Monica McKelvey Johnson, with special guest Marshall Weber. This exhibition is a culmination of its recordings, and will further connect viewers with the books presented and the artists behind their making.
My Favorite Book came into being because of the challenges of the pandemic. It forced us to shift into online programming and encouraged us to revise our values and how we choose to bring those values into public and professional spaces. One thing is clear to us now–artists should be centered within the discourse about the work they do. To that end, we let each artist guide their own presentation. We told them, “You will have 15 minutes to show your favorite artist’s book. How you want to do that is entirely up to you.”
We were astounded by the richness of the results. Some artists cradled the work in their own hands while talking to the camera; others presented slideshows or videos; some juggled childcare responsibilities while presenting; some dazzled with live infrared camerawork. For some, 15 minutes was not enough and others said everything they needed to say in far less. We deeply appreciate the diversity of approaches these artists have pursued in presenting their work, and we hope that you do, too.
TIP: swipe through and watch the videos in order or click on the “grid” view at the upper left corner to see them all.
View works featured in My Favorite Book here.
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