Art& The Making of Esopus Magazine

Wednesday, May 8, 2024,

Colby College Museum of Art

UPDATE: Please notice that this event has been rescheduled from April 4 due to inclement weather. 


How does a seemingly simple idea take shape and become a magazine described in the New York Times as “a thing of lavish, eccentric beauty?”

Esopus Magazine was an alternative arts publication that helped realize the visions of artists such as Jenny Holzer, Kerry James Marshall, and Marilyn Minter. Join Tod Lippy, the magazine’s founder, and Chris Young, its printer, in a conversation on the process behind creating a magazine that continually pushed the boundaries of what was possible in the realm of print publishing.

Moderated by Megan Carey, the Colby Museum’s Barbara Alfond director of exhibitions and publications, this program will offer an in-depth and behind-the-scenes look inside the many steps required for—and technical challenges encountered during—the creative process.

An audience Q&A and celebratory reception will follow.

A Lot More Inside: Esopus Magazine is co-curated by Megan Carey and Tod Lippy with Gary Green and Gianluca Rizzo serving as faculty advisors.

Installation views of A Lot More Inside: Esopus Magazine, Davis Gallery, Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, Maine, 2024. Photography: Andrew Witte.

Tod Lippy is the founder, editor, and designer of the nonprofit arts publication Esopus and executive director of The Esopus Foundation Ltd. His work for Esopus has been featured in exhibitions at the Walker Art Center; de Appel Art Center in Amsterdam; the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas; and in A Whole Lot More Inside: Esopus Magazine at Colby College Museum of Art. From 2009 to 2012, Lippy served as curator and director of Esopus Space in New York City; he has also curated exhibitions at New York City’s White Columns and Pioneer Works. Lippy, a filmmaker, musician, and artist, was awarded a MacDowell Colony Fellowship in 2018.

Chris Young is an account manager with The Prolific Group, a company that specializes in art, photography, literary, and special interest magazines, journals, comic books, and trade titles. He was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and is a graduate of Red River College with a certificate in commercial and industrial sales and marketing. Over the last 28 years, Chris has worked with publishers such as McSweeney’s, The Believer, BOMB, Drawn and Quarterly, Esopus, The Paris Review, and Lapham’s Quarterly, while establishing longstanding relationships with a countless number of artists, photographers and designers who depend on his in-depth knowledge of every aspect of print production and the resourcefulness to help them realize their vision.

The Art& series brings together visiting artists, scholars, museum staff, and community experts for conversations about exhibitions, collections, and projects at the Colby College Museum of Art and its Lunder Institute for American Art. A mix of in-person, virtual, and hybrid programs, this series is designed for those interested in learning more about art and engaging with the key issues of our time.

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