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Artist’s Project: Suzanne Bocanegra

By Suzanne Bocanegra

31 artists are invited to reimagine recipe cards as miniature in-home performances.



Edited by Mike Powell; artwork by Daniel Gordon

We asked subscribers to supply dreams as source material for the tracks on this issue’s CD.


Esopus CD #12: Black and White

Nina Nastasia, Sam Amidon, dj/rupture, and 8 others create songs based on black-and-white films


Esopus Invitational: What Would You Like to See on Television?

We posed the question to 25 writers, filmmakers, artists, and critics, from Louis Menand to Liam Gillick.


Editor’s Note

By Tod Lippy

Introducing our first themed issue, devoted to the creative process


Artist’s Project: Jared Flood

By Jared Flood

For “Esprit de Corpse,” multiple artists worked individually to knit a single garment.


Editor’s Note

By Tod Lippy

Introducing an issue printed with only black ink.


Esopus CD #6: Help Wanted

Grizzly Bear, Devendra Banhart, Marissa Nadler, and 7 other musical acts create brand-new songs based on job listings.


Editor’s Note

By Tod Lippy

Introducing a special issue containing 12 brand-new artist’s projects


Editor’s Note

By Tod Lippy

A pure mountain creek serves as inspiration for a new arts publication.


Editor’s Note

By Tod Lippy



In Memoriam

By Al Sutherland; recovered by Donald Traver

A found collection of epitaphs composed by monument builder Al Sutherland


Artist’s Project: Roxy Paine

By Roxy Paine

Sixteen drawings by the acclaimed artist explore dendritic systems (with removable poster)



Illustrations by Yvetta Federova

For our first invitational, we asked subscribers to describe their childhood imaginary friends.


Editor's Note

By Tod Lippy

Introducing a new format and a number of other changes


Artist’s Project: Fernando Santangelo

By Fernando Santangelo

In “Egypt,” a picture story told with Tarot-like images, two children embark upon an Egyptian adventure.



We asked readers to share their darkest, most disturbing phobias, and musicians turned them into songs


Esopus CD #18: Slonimsky’s Thesaurus

Musical patterns from an influential 1947 book inspire 10 new songs.


Artist’s Project: Erica Allen

By Erica Allen

Manipulated barbershop posters and discarded photographs create resonant portraits of masculinity.


Esopus CD #19: Customer Service

Jens Lekman, Richard Swift, and 10 others craft songs based on customer-service experiences.


Artist’s Project: Marcia Kure

By Marcia Kure

“Dressed Up”: A series of collages comparing hip-hop and Victorian sartorial cultures


Episode 124: The Makings of a Meltdown

Interview with Norman Lear by Claire Barliant

Documents relating to a seminal episode of “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman”


100 Frames: Ode (1999)

Film by Kelly Reichardt; introduction by Amy Taubin

Riveting still images from a little-seen Super-8 film


Esopus CD #3: Product Displacement

Sonic Boom, The Baptist Generals, El May, and 8 others embed advertising jingles and slogans in brand-new songs.


Esopus CD #17: Fear Itself

13 musicians, including Meursault, We Are Augustines, and Corey Dargel, created songs inspired by Esopus readers’ irrational fears.


Artist’s Project: Barbara Probst

By Barbara Probst

A series of photographs whose subjects occur in the same split-second of time


Artist’s Project: Judy Pfaff

By Judy Pfaff

This stunning, 6-foot-long double foldout utilizes hundreds of the artist’s photographs.


Artist’s Project: John O’Connor

By John O’Connor

The artist color-coded grids created by his landlord to predict winning lottery numbers.


Artist’s Project: Sharon Core

By Sharon Core

“1685–1891” (with removable insert)


Esopus CD #5: Audio-Visuals

Esopus invited musicians to write songs inspired by works of visual art; contributors included The Mountain Goats, Britta Phillips, and Jim White.


Self Burial: Television Interference Project, 1969

By Keith Arnatt

These images of the artist sinking into the ground were originally broadcast on German TV.


100 Frames: Breakaway (1966)

Film by Bruce Conner; poem by Doug Aitken

An ethereal sequence from what could be considered the first music video


Esopus CD #10: Good News

Positive thinking—and inspired songwriting—from Neko Case and A.C. Newman, Busdriver, Ryan Adams, Atlas Sound, and 8 others


Artist’s Project: Kerry James Marshall

By Kerry James Marshall

A comic strip whose subjects include theory, culture, history, and the “Black Metropolis”


Known By Sight

By Marvin Lazarus

Striking portraits—in words and images—of prominent artists by a nearly forgotten figure


For Your Reconsideration: Jim Henson’s Youth ’68

By Jim Henson

Documents relating to a forgotten 1968 film by the Muppets creator


100 Frames: La Captive (2000)

Film by Chantal Akerman; introduction by Amy Taubin

A key sequence from the acclaimed Belgian filmmaker’s Proust adaptation


The End of the World as We Know It

By Jean Passanante

A soaps scribe discusses writing for daytime television—and offers excerpts from a “continuity book.”


Homemade: An Interview With The Wrens

Interview with Charles Bissell and Greg Whelan

Members of the band discusses the process of creating their album The Meadowlands.


Artist’s Project: Dara Birnbaum

By Dara Birnbaum

Stills from one channel of the 1990 video-installation Tiananmen Square: Break-In Transmission.


The Lifer

Interview with Larry Auerbach

A veteran director remembers his 30 years working on soap operas.


Artist’s Project: Alix Pearlstein

By Alix Pearlstein

Images related to a participatory performance project at Esopus Space


100 Frames: Vendredi Soir (2002)

Film by Claire Denis; introduction by Ellen Kuras

Still frames from the French director’s 2002 film about a brief, intense Parisian romance


Artist’s Project: William Christenberry

By William Christenberry

The noted artist revisits a structure from his native Hale County, Alabama.


Not It Anymore

Interview with Lisa Kudrow and Michael Patrick King

An interview with Kudrow and King about their critically lauded HBO show The Comeback


Esopus CD #9: Dreams

Guest edited by Mike Powell

Esopus asked musicians such as Dirty Projectors, Paavoharju, and Califone to use our readers’ dreams as source material for new songs.


Esopus CD #15: Television

Esopus asked Stephin Merritt, Cloud Nothings, Andrew Cedermark, and 7 others to create songs based on the TV show of their choice.


Esopus CD #14: Artists

Sharon Van Etten, Doveman, Big Troubles, and 10 other musical acts created new songs inspired by, and named after, visual artists.


Metagame (Culture Edition)

Designed by Local No. 12

Playing this game requires cultural literacy, strategic thinking, and social negotiation skills.


100 Frames: Baran (2001)

Film by Majid Majidi; introduction by Hamid Dabashi

A resonant gesture, and sublime moment, from the celebrated Iranian film


Means Without End

By Sloane Crosley, Graham Leggat, Baldev Kaur, and John Melick

We asked four publicists to devise PR strategies for Esopus—but not to institute them.


This is Neil Greenberg. Neil Draws Maps.

Maps by Neil Greenberg; interview by Fritz Swanson

A Detroit resident creates—and charts—entire cities from his imagination.


Artist’s Project: Johan Grimonprez

By Johan Grimonprez

“Skyjacker’s Series”: a set of stills from the artist’s film dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y


“Jondaje the Pheasant Hunter”

Artwork by Ellen Berkenblit; translated by Kenneth J. Yin

An artist interprets a newly translated folktale.


Esopus CD #13: Nostradamus

The quatrains of 16th-century prophet Nostradamus inspired 11 new songs by the likes of Frightened Rabbit, Phil Kline, and Lia Ices.


Esopus CD #4: Imaginary Friends

Musical artists including Vetiver, Kimya Dawson, and Kate Pierson bring Esopus readers’ childhood imaginary friends to life.


Guarded Opinions 5

By Casey Costa and Robert Canedy; edited by Paul VanDeCarr

Two museum guards comment on the works they oversee at MASS MoCA.



By Christopher Wheeldon; photographs by David Michalek

An accomplished choreographer finds inspiration in Gyorgi Lygetti’s music.


Modern Artifacts 8: The Art of Broadcasting

Introduction by Michelle Elligott

This installment of the joint series with MoMA’s archives concerns MoMA’s relationship with TV.


Artist’s Project: Richard Tuttle

By Richard Tuttle

The result of an encounter with a found object provided by Esopus


Esopus CD #2: Missed Connections

Eleven musician-couples, including Chris Frantz & Tina Weymouth and Low, create songs inspired by Craig’s List “Missed Connections” ads.


Modern Artifacts 1

Introduction by Michelle Elligott

A selection of Alfred H. Barr, Jr.’s papers from MoMA’s archives


Artist’s Project: Kathe Burkhart

By Kathe Burkhart

A woman wrote love letters to the artist’s great aunt, and Burkhart replied—in her aunt’s voice.


Artist’s Project: Alex Bag

By Alex Bag

Two parodic commercial storyboards created for multinational companies


Singular Network

By Headlong Dance Theater

The Philadelphia troupe documents the creation of Cell, a participatory dance piece.


Doing Battle

By Alex Brown

A 13-year-old tackles the subject of war in a series of mesmerizing drawings.


Esopus CD #16: Composers

Composer Anthony Cheung curated a compilation of emerging and established composers.


Esopus CD #11: Advice

We urged 11 musical acts, including Shearwater, Wye Oak, and Lucky Dragons, to take some advice—and turn it into a song.


Found Object: Collective Struggles

Recovered by Steve Weyl

A letter discovered in 1975 in a hiding place beneath a cottage in Palo Alto, CA


Sylvia Plimack Mangold: Artist’s Project

By Sylvia Plimack Mangold

An in-depth look into the creation of an etching and aquatint


100 Frames: World on a Wire (1973)

Film by Rainer Werner Fassbinder; introduction by J. Hoberman

A series of stills from the recently restored two-part telefilm for German television


Marwencol On My Mind

By Mark Hogancamp

After a brutal attack, an artist creates a fictional town in his backyard to stage recovery.


100 Frames: Tropical Malady (2004)

Film by Apichatpong Weerasethakul; text by Dennis Lim

A sequence of contiguous frames from the award-winning Thai director’s 2004 feature film


Artist’s Project: Alyson Shotz

By Alyson Shotz; with Priyamvada Natarajan and Satyan L. Devadoss

For “Triple Infinity,” Shotz takes three different approaches to the subject of infinity.


Analog Recovery 1: Bal d’Hiver

Photos by Inge Morath; edited by John Jacob

Images from a 1955 Paris charity ball; first in a series presented with the Magnum Foundation.


Relatively Indolent but Relentless

By Matt Freedman

An artist documents 35 days of cancer treatments.


Modern Artifacts 2: “Dear Miss Miller…”

Introduction by Michelle Elligott

Correspondence between two legends: artist James Lee Byars and curator Dorothy Miller


Esopus CD #7: Ouija

Ouija board experiences—spiritual or otherwise—lead to 13 new tracks by musicians ranging from El Perro Del Mar to The Rosebuds.


Obituary Birthday: Kurt Cobain’s Art of Suicide

By Pamela A. Ivinski

A meditation on the anguish and the poetry of the late singer-songwriter


Artist’s Project: Bryan Nash Gill

By Bryan Nash Gill

Artifacts from the artist’s 2012 installation at Esopus Space


100 Frames: Killer of Sheep (1977)

Film by Charles Burnett; introduction by Armond White

Stills from the director’s first feature, included in the Library of Congress’s National Film Registry


Guarded Opinions 2

By Wendy Iraheta and Ruben Green; edited by Paul VanDeCarr

Hammer Museum guards offer critical perspectives on works by Moreau and Degas.


Alex Shear’s Object Lesson #1

By Alex Shear

A line-up of soda bottles that shamelessly echo the original 7-Up logo (removable poster)


The Art of Husbandry

By Don Bachardy

Portraits of the actresses from the 1974 film The Stepford Wives



By Greg Jones and Roman Alokhin

Two guards from the New Orleans Museum of Art comment on artworks at the museum.


Found Object: Stalag Journal

Introduction by John Limon

An American P.O.W.’s diary from World War II, discovered posthumously by his son


Tiny Book of Smokes

By David Greenberger

This trip down memory lane was guided only by cigarette burns.


The Architecture of Effect

By Clay Eicher

Are “superstars” like Frank Gehry actually practicing architecure? Does it matter?


Artist’s Project: Dawn Clements

By Dawn Clements

“I Put Marc’s Sculpture on the Kitchen Table” (foldout)


Thérèse Deprez: Production Designer

By Thérèse Deprez

An acclaimed production designer shares her scrapbook for Spike Lee’s Summer of Sam.


Modern Artifacts 3: Tentative and Confidential

Introduction by Michelle Elligott

Documentation of a secret WW2–era MoMA project, referred to by insiders as “Exhibition X”


Doug McNamara’s Biodiversions

By Doug McNamara

This business analyst—and former biology teacher—combines science and fiction in his drawings.


Analog Recovery: Rosita's Pigeons

Photographs by Burt Glinn

Images from a lauded Magnum photographer's 1949 portfolio


Alex Shear’s Object Lesson #2

By Alex Shear

An assortment of gun-shaped objects (yes, that’s a hair dryer) on a 17” x 32” poster


Artist’s Project: Neil Goldberg

By Neil Goldberg

“Missing the Train” documents a frustrating experience common to every NYC straphanger.


Modern Artifacts 4: Drawing Comparisons

Introduction by Michelle Elligott

Sketches by former MoMA director René d’Harnoncourt presented with the MoMA archives


Guarded Opinions 1

By Niko Fruechting; edited by Paul VanDeCarr

A museum guard’s unique take on a German minimalist’s painting at the Fogg Art Museum


Artist’s Project: Jenny Holzer

By Jenny Holzer

These recently declassified ”Memoranda,” selected by the artist, must see the light of day.


Let A Thousand Drawings Bloom

By John Canemaker

A collection of sketches for one frame of the Disney classic Fantasia


Victor and Judy

By Eva Vives

Photos of Raising Victor Vargas’s two leads by the film’s co-writer


Frank Rich: Writer

By Frank Rich

Notes for an op-ed column published in The New York Times in January 2005


Found Object: All Thumbs

By Scott Daniel Ellison

Anonymous photographs of people who keep raccoons as pets


Nothing Personal

By Heather Larson

Seeking out Pfc. Jessica Lynch in the West Virginia countryside


Esopus CD #1: Public Domain

Musical acts including Dean Wareham, Mark Eitzel, and Phosphorescent craft songs based on public domain material.


Modern Artifacts 12: from Body to Object

Introduction by Michelle Elligott

Materials from MoMA related to Scott Burton's performances


Artist’s Project: Dulce Pinzón

By Dulce Pinzón

“The Real Story of the Superheroes” tells the inspiring tales of NYC immigrants.


100 Frames: Blue Velvet

Film by David Lynch; introduction by Gregory Crewdson

A selection of stills from the 1986 film’s brilliant opening sequence


Artists’ Project: Oliver Herring and Peter Krashes

By Oliver Herring and Peter Krashes

A conversation between artworks created by two artists over the past several decades


Colter Jacobsen: Artist’s Project

By Colter Jacobsen

Eight “memory drawings” inspired by Esopus readers’ photographs


Artist’s Project: Chris Doyle

By Chris Doyle

Drawings from the artist’s “Untitled House” series


Artist’s Project: Beth Campbell

By Beth Campbell

“My Potential Future Based on Present Circumstances (6/29/03)”


100 Frames: Cold Water (1994)

Film by Oliver Assayas; introduction by Stacy Cochran

100 frames from an early masterpiece by the director of Irma Vep and Carlos


100 Frames: I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone

Film by Tsai Ming-Liang; text by Claire Denis

Stills from the Taiwan-based director’s critically lauded 2006 film, introduction by Claire Denis


Samuel Varkovitzky: Survivor

By Samuel Varkovitzky

A portfolio of riveting sample drawings from a Holocaust survivor


Artist Project: Alex Katz and Vincent Katz

By Alex Katz and Vincent Katz

“Autographs,” a collaboration between painter and poet, father and son


Angus Trumble’s 1685 In Retrospect

By Angus Trumble

One year. One page. (Fourth in a series)


Ten Rivers to Cross

By Edward McPherson

How well does Oscar winner Mystic River hold up to repeated viewings?


Tricks of the Trade

Recovered by Michael Rohatyn

This 1957 entertainer’s gag book was recovered from a Santa Monica yard sale.


Modern Artifacts 9: One and the Same

Introduction by Michelle Elligott

Documents detailing an important opening and radio broadcast by FDR from the MoMA archives.


Modern Artifacts 11: Creating “Spaces”

Introduction by Michelle Elligott

Material related to a groundbreaking 1969 exhibition


Yesterday’s Mail

Mail art by Ray Johnson; interview with Robert Warner

A treasure trove of mail art sent by artist Ray Johnson to optician/artist Robert Warner


The Sissy Letters (#2)

By Stephen Adly Guirgis

Second in a continuing series of monologues written for Esopus


Esopus CD #8: Spam

The scourge of cyberspace serves as inspiration for 10 musical acts including Owen Pallett, Frida Hyvönen, and The Submarines.


Deconstructing Constructing

By David Quarfoot

A New York Times crossword creator details the process of composing a puzzle.


Artist’s Project: Allen Ruppersberg

By Allen Ruppersberg

“House of Cards” (10 removable inserts)


Artist’s Project: David Scher

By David Scher

“Into the Green,” a suite of drawings from spring 2003


A Short Film About Andy Warhol

Screenplay by Jim Lyons; introduction by Amy Taubin

One night in the life of the Pop artist as imagined by the late filmmaker


Light Unseen

By Jennifer Tipton

A distinguished lighting designer directs attention to an unacknowledged art form.


100 Frames: Tulpan (2008)

Film by Sergey Dvortsevoy; introduction by Jim Shepard

100 still images from the Moscow-based documentarian’s unforgettable feature debut


Seat of Comedy

By Mame McCutchin

An appreciation of the essential role played by the couch in the American sitcom.


John Conway: Mathematician

By John Conway

How to build a polyhedron, including tear-out templates


Notes of Appreciation

Introduction by Electra Slonimsky Yourke

Pages from the guest book of musicologist Nicolas Slonimsky


New Voices: “Painting”

By Lev AC Rosen

First in our series of fiction by never-before-published authors


Modern Artifacts 6: States of Grace

Introduction by Michelle Elligott

Materials from MoMA’s archives relating to painter Grace Hartigan


Music at 6

By Carter Burwell; illustrations by Scott Menchin

Why do Americans get—and seem to want—their news with a soundtrack?


Analog Recovery 2: Home Studio

Photographs by Erich Hartmann

Never-before-seen early portraits from the Magnum photographer


Daily Reminders

By Robert Guest

Lunchbox notes—spanning 15 years—from a father to his two children.


50 Frames: Peter Hutton’s At Sea (2007)

Film by Peter Hutton; interview by Scott MacDonald

Stills from the acclaimed experimental filmmaker’s 2007 film


Modern Artifacts 5: Early Registration

Introduction by Michelle Elligott

A selection of pages from the Museum of Modern Art’s first guest book, many reproduced here for the first time


Christopher Isherwood: Novelist

By Christopher Isherwood

The writer’s work journals for his celebrated 1964 novel A Single Man


Found Objects

Recovered by Johnny Brewton

Treasures from the estate sale of a San Francisco vice cop


Artist’s Project: Roland Flexner

By Roland Flexner

“LG Suite”: 18 mesmerizing drawings based on the Japanese art of suminagashi


Where To Go / What To Do / When In New York / Week of June 17, 1972

By Bern Porter

A facsimile edition of the underground legend’s 1974 artist’s book


Artist’s Project: Berend Strik

By Berend Strik

“Untitled,” 2008 (removable hand-stitched insert)


Modern Artifacts 7: Number 13

Introduction by Michelle Elligott

Materials from the MoMA Archives relating to this country’s first major Matisse retrospective


Artist’s Project: Charlie White

By Charlie White

“American Blondes 2005”: What don’t these magazine covers have in common?


Angus Trumble’s 1950 In Retrospect

By Angus Trumble

One year. One page. (Fifth in a series)


Modern Artifacts 10: Rent to Own

Introduction by Michelle Elligott

Never-before-seen materials related to the Museum’s discontinued Art Lending Service


Angus Trumble’s 1 In Retrospect

By Angus Trumble

Year One. On one page. (11th in a series)


Artist’s Project: Hilary Lloyd

By Hilary Lloyd

A series of 16 photographs by the British artist


Angus Trumble’s 2001 In Retrospect

By Angus Trumble

One year. One page. (Eighth in a series)


In Memoriam: Extra Buttons

Introduction by Ellen Ellickson; insert created by Nadia Wagner

Librarian Marjorie G. Wynne applied her archiving talents to more than just rare books.


Office Surprise

By Bob Irey

Post-It art made during the night shift by a manager at a furniture chain


Artist’s Project: Jason Polan

By Jason Polan

An artist draws over 100 of Esopus readers’ favorite things in New York City.


Yours Very Truly

Recovered by Steven Heller

These letters, found at a flea market in Massachusetts, are a study in rejection and tenacity.


Artist’s Project: Kira Lynn Harris

By Kira Lynn Harris

“Eight Chance Variations Within a Fixed Structure” (removable inserts)


Angus Trumble’s 1824 In Retrospect

By Angus Trumble

One year. One page. (Ninth in a series)


Applied Art

Interview with Elaine and Steve Masket; By Alex Masket

Though he may not communicate verbally, Alex Masket speaks forcefully through his artwork.


Guarded Opinions 4

By La’Quasia Risper; edited by Paul VanDeCarr

A guard from the New Museum offers her impressions of an Urs Fischer sculpture from 2001.


Artist’s Project: Ati Maier

By Ati Maier

“See It Loud,” a removable poster created for Esopus readers


The Sissy Letters (#3)

By Stephen Adly Guirgis

Third in a continuing series of monologues from the New York playwright


The Sissy Letters (#1)

By Stephen Adly Guirgis

First in a continuing series of monologues written for Esopus


Guarded Opinions 3

By Berhanu Taffa; edited by Paul VanDeCarr

A guard at the Corcoran Gallery of Art provides commentary on a Monet landscape.


Artist’s Project: Juri Morioka

By Juri Morioka

The artist maps her surroundings with whimsical drawings.


Angus Trumble’s 1849 In Retrospect

By Angus Trumble

One year. One page. (Third in a series)


Angus Trumble: Chronologer

By Angus Trumble

Recounting the process of compiling a “Year In Retrospect”


Artist’s Project: Fiona Banner

By Fiona Banner

“Top Gun, 2004” transcribes the entire Tony Scott film on a removable poster


Angus Trumble’s 1727 In Retrospect

By Angus Trumble

One year. One page. (Seventh in a series)


Alex Shear’s Object Lesson #4

By Alex Shear

A facsimile of a Vietnam-era license plate (removable insert) with striking contemporary resonances


Paintings for Cash

By “Penelope”

An anonymous dispatch from a parallel art universe



By Andrea Dezsó

A child’s memories of her grandmother are refracted through the prism of a rich imagination.


Artist’s Project: Robert Therrien

By Robert Therrien

Images of the artist’s sculpture No Title (Red Room)—and a detailed inventory of its contents


Hollywood Minute

By Christopher Durang

A master satirist sets his sights on entertainment news.


Off-Off-Off Broadway

By Rick Holen, Joe Mauro, John Nutt, and Bob Sevra

Four Vietnam veterans tell the story of their front-lines 1969 production of The Fantasticks.


Artist’s Project: Frank Benson

By Frank Benson

“Flag 2006,” a removable poster from the New York–based artist


Artist’s Project: Richard Misrach

By Richard Misrach

The California photographer creates a stunning removable poster for Esopus readers.


Xylor Jane: Artist’s Project

By Xylor Jane

A calendar clock (a 21" x 30" removable poster) and the formula for its use


Alex Shear’s Object Lesson #5

By Alex Shear

Collector Alex Shear offers yet another object from his collection of American ephemera


Artist’s Project: Darina Karpov

By Darina Karpov

Selections from the 2008 watercolor suite “Sudden Appearances into Vanishing”


Alex Shear’s Object Lesson #3

By Alex Shear

A 17" x 22" removable poster wryly commemorates the 1979 Three Mile Island nuclear accident.


Artist’s Project: Sarah Malakoff

By Sarah Malakoff

“Untitled Interiors,” vivid images of domestic spaces



By Mitch Horowitz

How the American anomaly of Ouija has impacted national life—and art—over the past century.


100 Frames: La Ciénaga (2001)

Film by Lucrecia Martel; introduction by Kent Jones

Stills from the opening sequence of the Argentinian director’s award-winning first feature


The Desert

By Jen Bervin

A sewn poem inspired by a facsimile of John Van Dyke’s The Desert (1901)


Portfolio: Dwight Ripley’s “Travel Posters”

By Dwight Ripley; essay by Douglas Crase

Newly discovered colored-pencil drawings by the late artist, poet, and botanist.


Artist’s Project: Mary Lum

By Mary Lum

Die-cut collages depicting the urban landscape—and its effects on those who traverse it.


New Voices: “For Emergency Use Only”

By Ethan Rutherford

Second in our series of fiction by never-before-published authors


New Voices: “Methods of Rest”

By Vivien Shotwell

Third in our series of fiction by never-before-published authors


Artist’s Project: Edward Ruscha

By Edward Ruscha

A series of altered book covers by the acclaimed Los Angeles–based artist


Artist’s Project: Fernando Bryce

By Fernando Bryce

Pages and covers of Américas magazine revisited in brush and ink


The Greatest

By Ulysses Davis

Never-before-published carved busts of 40 U.S. presidents by a Savannah barber


I’m With the Band

By Heather McPherson

What compels a shy girl from Missouri to become a Japanese drummer?


Angus Trumble’s 1904 In Retrospect

By Angus Trumble

One year. One page. (First in a series)


New Colors: Composing in the 21st Century

By Anthony Cheung

A young composer writes about his inspirations and offers a glimpse into his creative process.


Found Object: Spliced Duck

Recovered by Rich Remsberg

Esopus regular Remsburg found this anonymous collage in a shop in Readsboro, VT, in 2004.


New Voices: “Carter and the Kid”

By Stuart Nadler

Fourth in our series of fiction by never-before-published authors


Artist’s Project: Shanan Kurtz

By Shanan Kurtz

“All the Eyes Are Mine,” a selection of digitally modified found photographs


Found Object: Croquis Dessin

Recovered by David Scher

Pages from a sketchbook found in the most unlikely of places.


Demetri Martin: Comedian

By Demetri Martin

Never-before seen pages from the entertainer’s private joke journal


Artist’s Project: James Pyman

By James Pyman

“The Adventures of Lionel: The Book of Hours”


Found Object: Optical Allusions

Recovered by Rich Remsberg

Rebus puzzles found in a bound volume of a Victorian-era children’s magazine


Artist’s Project: Joyce Pensato

By Joyce Pensato

“Untitled,” 2013 (with removable poster)


Artist’s Project: John Baldessari

By John Baldessari

“Foot and Stocking Series,” a series based on a 1965 painting by the artist


“Are We All On The Same Page?”

By Dan Harris

An acclaimed screenwriter’s inside perspective on filmmaking in Hollywood


Angus Trumble’s 1929 In Retrospect

By Angus Trumble

One year. One page. (10th in a series)


Artist’s Project: Mickey Smith

By Mickey Smith

“Untitled” (2009): Selections from the artist’s “Volume” series


Soft Serve

By Daniel Tannehill Neely

Tracking the evolution of that perennial summer anthem, the ice-cream truck jingle


Searching for Nostradamus

By Stéphane Gerson

A survey of visual representations of Nostradamus over the past 500 years


New Voices: “How to Win in Reno”

By Kelly Sandoval; photograph by Lisa Kereszi

Seventh in our series of fiction by never-before-published authors


New Voices: “Plate Tectonics”

By Lesley Clayton

Fifth in our series of fiction by never-before-published authors


Artist’s Project: Yvonne Jacquette

By Yvonne Jacquette

Sixteen fragments from 25 years’ worth of printmaking


New Voices: “The Pepsi”

By Rick Stinson

Ninth in our series of fiction by never-before-published authors


Artist’s Project: Adam Chodzko

By Adam Chodzko

A journey to one page


Artist’s Project: Mary Ellen Carroll

By Mary Ellen Carroll

Portraits from the New York-based conceptualist’s “You and We” series


Artist’s Project: John Sparagana

By John Sparagana

“Untitled,” 2013 (with removable poster)


Artist’s Project: Bill Burns

By Bill Burns

“Storyboards for Dogs and Boats and Airplanes Told in the Form of Ivan the Terrible,” 2012



By Jody Williams

A New York City chef reminisces about time spent learning to cook—and live—in Northern Italy.


Angus Trumble’s 1417 In Retrospect

By Angus Trumble

One year. One page. (15th in a series)


Angus Trumble’s 1975 In Retrospect

By Angus Trumble

One year. One page. (Second in a series)


Artist’s Project: Thomas Lawson

By Thomas Lawson

A suite of drawings and a removable 18" x 22" poster by the artist, critic, and educator


Artist’s Project: Kay Rosen

By Kay Rosen

“ABC, a Primer” (removable 32-page booklet)


Angus Trumble’s 1966 In Retrospect

By Angus Trumble

One year. One page. (14th in a series)


On Writing The Middle Room

By Jennifer Moxley

A poet revisits the creative process behind her 2007 memoir.


Chamber Pieces

Essay by Peter Galison; photographs by Stanley Greenberg

Striking images of—and from—an obsolete tool of 20th-century physics


Suju Kwock Kim: Poet

By Suji Kwock Kim

Twenty-two drafts of the poem Generation


Artist’s Project: Gareth Jones

By Gareth Jones

“Ten Kitchens” from the London-based artist


Artist’s Project: Michael Iskowitz

By Michael Iskowitz

“A Doll House Society” (removable 24-page book)


Bern Porter: A Found Essay

By Mark Melnicove

A composite portrait of the late artist, philosopher, poet, and scientist


Angus Trumble’s 1933 In Retrospect

By Angus Trumble

One Year. One page. (12th in a series)


New Voices: “Reading”

By Katherine J. Lee

Eighth in our series of fiction by never-before-published authors


Angus Trumble’s 1913 In Retrospect

By Angus Trumble

One year. One page. (13th in a series)


Artist’s Project: Jeff Gibson

By Jeff Gibson

“Encyclopaedia Pareidolia,” 2009


Heir Mail

By Gerald Seligman; By Peter Seligman

Communicating through collage, two brothers use a public service to forge a private bond.


Angus Trumble’s 1877 In Retrospect

By Angus Trumble

One year. One page. (16th in a series)


Angus Trumble’s 1986 In Haiku

By Angus Trumble

One year. One page. (17th in a series)


Artist’s Project: Mark Keffer

By Mark Keffer

Form and function merge in this series of altered maps.


New Voices: “The Cameraman”

By Maureen O'Leary

Sixth in our series of fiction by never-before-published authors


New Voices: “Blue”

By Chelli Riddiough

Eleventh in our series of fiction by never-before-published authors


New Voices: “Good Friends”

By Victoria Matsui

Tenth in our series of fiction by never-before-published authors



By Jessica Elsaesser

A suite of new work by an emerging Brooklyn-based poet



Yon Ferrets Return

Neko Case & Carl (AC) Newman


Boredom Arcades

Catherine McRae


New Monitions

Horse Feathers


Only the Loveliest

Sonic Boom & Delia Derbyshire


Immense Voix from Cantatrix Sopranica

Unsuk Chin


Echoes/Travail, Transformation, and Flow

Steve Lehman


Love at the Death Hotel

The Real Tuesday Weld


Excerpt from Professor Bad Trip, Lesson 1

Fausto Romitelli


Excerpt from Rad

Enno Poppe


Principle from dataphonics

Ryoji Ikeda


Behind the Monkey House

Chris Frantz & Tina Weymouth


Excerpt from DW 16, Songbook 1

Bernhard Lang


Excerpt from Nucleus

Alex Mincek


Sex Surrogate

LD & The New Criticism


Excerpt from L'esprit des dunes

Tristan Murail


Systems Thinking Building Model Consultant

Magnetophone & John Darnielle


Excerpt from vis-à-vis

Anthony Cheung


…mountainous atmospheres of sky and sea…(Homage to Debussy)

Augusta Read Thomas


Redback Strike

David Bazan, Will Johnson, Bubba Kadane, Matt Kadane


Sleeping Village Appears Empty

Atlas Sound


No. 2 for glass plastic and metal with air fire and water

Benedict Mason


Girls: Must Be Single and Very Pretty

Ambrosia Parsley & The Elegant Too



Sam Amidon



Kate Pierson & Pat Irwin


Excerpt from Wailing

Wang Lu


El Verdugo



A Song in the News

Ryan Adams


Love and Laughter

Jad Fair


Call of the Wily

Greg Tate's Garage Band


I've Always Known



This Boy Is Exhausted

The Wrens


Back in No Time

Grasshopper w/ O.C.D. Bottle Factory



Old Clump



The Sweetback Sisters





The Nurse

Devendra Banhart & Noah Georgeson



The Prayers and Tears of Arthur Digby Sellers



Nina Katchadourian


Excerpt from Portmanteaux

Marcos Balter



Langhorne Slim



The Mountain Goats


Flare Gun

Final Fantasy


East Village Rocker with a Missed Connection

The Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players


Days Without Rain

Phil Kline


A Song for Liza Minnelli

Man Man


Busted, Plausible, or Confirmed (The Mythbusters Song)

One Ring Zero



Nina Nastasia


Song of You

Britta Phillips


A Matter of Scale

Mark David Ashworth & Muralismo


The ELIZA Effect

Dag Gabrielsen



Owen Tromans


The Ballad of Blaze Tracy

Caledonia Mission



Scott McCloud


Mind-Blowing Epiphany

$mall ¢hange and Jules/C


Miracle Man

Artificial Workshop


Etude for Piano: Pentatonics

Richard Einhorn


Save the Day

Gillian Rivers


Agents of the Corps

The Submarines


Blue Eyes in Black and White

Sand Pebbles


God Bless My Brother

Cadence Weapon


Impendin’ Recession

Chris Rehm


House of the Rising Sun

Jet Set Six


Pine Cone Café

Grizzly Bear


Pay My Bill

Black Pus


Butterfly Knife




Tom Krueger


Fathom Five

Marnie Stern





No Lims Sky

Elliott Sharp


A Taste of the Keys

Amy Rigby


The Right Thing

David Naugle & Joy Howard


Never Ever Fall

The Wingdale Community Singers


Moon Flower



New Theme from Meerkat Manor

Stephin Merritt



Grant Hart


On Being Complicated

Alina Simone


The Whole Thing

Alan Licht


Terrible Beauty

Jesus Licks


We Are Coming Back to Dance with You

The Focus Group


The Secret Rite of Tantilization

The Family Doctor


Western Director

The Strugglers


Re: Please Convince Me That All Men Don't Cheat

Rich Creamy Paint



Jon Langford


Beautiful Dreamer

Dean Wareham


Kibby, Zocky Merino, and the Man with the Moustache

Ruth Gerson



Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt


Ode to Bunnatine

Meg Murray


The Huge Body of Water That Surrounds Us

Fantastic Lovers


Sesquitone: One into Four

Lee Ranaldo


Plywood Superman

Jim White


Scout Meets Boo

Lisa Cerbone


I Want the Music

Captain Ahab


Me and My Daddy Are Walking in the Desert



Brown Buick, Brown House

Tim'm T. West



The Earlies


El Ya Sabia






The Food Poisoning

Richard Swift


Jesus on Second Avenue

The Kennedys


Smashing Party

Parker and Lily


Label’s Table

Carl Stone


The Chart (of Plancas' City)

French Horn Rebellion


Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair

Pat Irwin


No Knock at the Door



Two-Harp Blues

Josephine Foster


The Tip Jar

Jacob Garchik


Graduation Day

Dylan in the Movies



Danielle Stech-Homsy


One Kill

Dirty Projectors


Dying Robot

Kevin Blechdom


Walk Around the Lake

Lost in the Trees


Two/The Machinery in Your Stomach



Son C

Frightened Rabbit


New Hands (Submarine Mix)

Carolyn “Honeychild” Coleman


Quiri Quirano



One Day I Had an Extra Toe

Black Moth Super Rainbow


Order in the Nothingness

El May


Ciao Manhattan (First Draft)

Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson


Two Tango




DJ Afro


I Used to Go Out

Sage Redman


Secret Fires

Savoir Adore



Haley Bonar


Thanks, Mesopotamia!

Jenny Owen Youngs


With Fine Precision the Plants Descend

Greg Weeks


Please Hold

Dirty Beaches


Hallelujah, I'm a Bum

Wide Right


For You I

Nina Violet


Spelt Out

Saturday Looks Good to Me


The Saddest Music in the World

Two Dark Birds


For Me to Say

Frida Hyvönen


Mr. No Regrets

Corey Dargel



Lucy Wainwright Roche


Radial Brief

Cat Martino



Cakes Da Killa


Spinning Us Around

Come Rad Comrade


From the Mind of M. Applegate, Beautician

Mark Eitzel


Esao Andrews

Sharon Van Etten


Home on the Range



There Was Also the Fact That He Was Shaped Like the Moon

Laurie Schwartz


Through Ginevra's Eyes



I Know What You Did Last Summer



Scale #1184

Andrew Bird



The Caulfield Sisters


Ernst Kirchner

Emily Zuzik


Unseen Silver

Lesser Gonzalez Alvarez


White Rose

Basia Bulat





Judy Biworker

Avey Tare


In the Backyards

The Rosebuds


Today's Adventure



I Sleep

Cheval Sombre


You with Now



To Lilly at Age 15 20 25

Lucky Dragons


Laboratory Technician (We Will Walk Through Walls)

Electric President


Sinking Ship

The New Year


Carlyn Bezic

PS I Love You


Age of Giving

David Thomas Broughton


Diego Gravinese

Follow That Bird!


The Night Ride of the Street Sweeper

Willy Mason


You Shoulda

Green Sweater Collection


Ode to Merry Maid



In Defense of Fetish

Wye Oak


Raw from Self-Destruction…

The Baptist Generals



Tara Jane ONeil


Slow Today

Jim Schoenecker


Nude Not Required

Marissa Nadler


I'd Like to Go Swimming

The Ruby Suns


Juliette vs. the Ink Blot



Eine Symphonie des Grauens

Me Succeeds



Asobi Seksu


Hello Goodbye

El Perro del Mar


Regarding a Package

Jens Lekman


The Competition

Kimya Dawson


My Rumania

Harmony and Pollution


Sky and Sword

Laura Gibson






Ta'Raach & The Lovelution


This Ain't Me

We Are Augustines


Why Did You Leave Me So Cold

Chemistry Set


Last First



Hope Rides Alone

Ryland Bouchard


They All Die




Bishop Allen


Jules Bastien-Lepage

Bells in Cairo


Kare Kivijarvi

I Was a King


Still Life with Sour Mash

Andrew Cedermark


When You Return

Western Keys


Guy Debord

Big Troubles


Darker Numbers

Nat Baldwin


Joyce II (An Etude on Meditation)

Mary Lorson





We Are the Magic

The Swimming Pools






Darshan Jesrani


The Sho

Patrick Cleandenim


El Lissitzky

Dream Diary


New World Order Rising

Stuart Dahlquist


Inside Job

The Muslims


Little Doo Dootz



Don’t Leave Home

The New Black


Sunday on Prozac



David Dunlap



Cymbal Trumpet and Bell

Lia Ices


I Apologize

Cloud Nothings


Gunta Stolzl

Erika Spring


A Heavenly Light that Shines

White Whale



Julianna Barwick


Curved Beards Like Crescent Moons

Raelian Geto


Tell You Twice

The Third Wheel Band


Parallel Lives




High Places


Gian Lorenzo Bernini



Chuck Close

Tim Fite



The Moral Loopholes


One Station Leave



B-Flat Blues

Connie MacNamee


Live for the Baby

Autre Ne Veut




Musicians reference customer-service experiences in 12 brand-new songs.


“Picturing Marwencol” opens at Esopus Space

The exhibition features a series of photographs by Mark Hogancamp, whose work first appeared in Esopus 5.


“Inge Morath: Bal d’hiver” at Esopus Space

An exhibition of recently discovered images by the renowned photographer Inge Morath, presented in conjunction with Esopus 17.



Our new issue will launch at BRIC Rotunda Gallery in Brooklyn Heights on Thursday, May 2nd, from 7 to 9pm.



For its first NYC event, Esopus hosts an evening of performances by past and present contributors at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center.



Artists Jason Polan and Robin Cameron present a collaborative exhibition and workspace environment at Esopus Space.


“TV/Video” opens at Esopus Space

A group exhibition at Esopus Space held in conjunction with Esopus 15: Television features video works by Alex Bag, Dara Birnbaum, and Johan Grimonprez.


“Clayton Patterson: Pyramid Portraits” at Esopus Space

Never-before-seen photographs of the extraordinarily inventive drag queens at New York City's Pyramid Club from the mid-1980s.


Esopus 14: Projects Now On Newsstands

Esopus 14, a special edition devoted to projects by 12 contemporary artists, is now available on newsstands.


Esopus Space presents “Ray and Bob Box”

An exhibition and event series related to a years-long correspondence between the legendary late artist Ray Johnson and Robert Warner


Esopus Space opens with Michael Iskowitz Exhibition

A new exhibition and performance venue in New York’s Greenwich Village launches with an exhibition by a contributor to Esopus 12.


“Esopus 17: Fear Itself” CD Out November 1st

Esopus invited musical acts such as Meursault, Bishop Allen, and We Are Augustines to create songs inspired by subscribers’ irrational fears.


Artists and Readers Join forces for 9th CD

For our ninth issue, subscribers submitted transcripts of their dreams, which musicians like Dirty Projectors and Califone used as source material for new songs.


Esopus 17 Now On Newsstands

Esopus 17, our second-largest issue yet, includes artists' projects by Alyson Shotz, Thomas Lawson, and Adam Chodzo. It hits newsstands in November.



A group exhibition with works by John Baldessari, Marcia Kure, Kerry James Marshall, John O’Connor, Roxy Paine, Judy Pfaff, Barbara Probst, and others.


Esopus 16 Now On Newsstands

The 16th issue of Esopus, featuring artists' projects by Kathe Burkhart, Roland Flexner, and Alix Pearlstein, is now on newsstands.


Esopus 6: Process Now On Newsstands

Esopus 6, which explores the creative process, is now on newsstands. It includes work by writer Christopher Isherwood, mathemetician John Conway, and comedian Demetri Martin.


ESOPUS 12 CD goes black and white

Eleven musical acts, from Sam Amidon to Ruby Suns, select a black-and-white film to serve as the basis for a new song.


“Esopus 14: Artists” CD out in May

Sharon Van Etten, Doveman, Memoryhouse, and 9 others create songs inspired by (and named after) the artists of their choice.


“An Evening with Esopus” at The Kitchen

In conjunction with the release of its 7th issue, Esopus presents an evening of readings and live music on the theme of creative collaboration.



Acclaimed contemporary artist Robert Gober created a limited edition that will be sent as a complimentary gift to all current subscribers of the magazine next month.



Each week, Esopus will stream a full-length version of one of more than 200 tracks that have appeared on its 19 themed audio compilations.



After an intensive six-month redesign, the Esopus website has relaunched to the public with a wide range of brand-new features.


Esopus 13 Now On Newsstands

The 13th issue of Esopus, featuring artists’ projects by Oliver Herring and Peter Krashes, Mickey Smith, and Alex Masket, is available on newsstands.


Esopus to participate in “Untitled” art fair

Esopus will launch two brand-new editions by Robert Gober and Bryan Nash Gill at the art fair in Miami from December 5 through December 9, 2012.



Esopus invited 11 musical acts, including Frightened Rabbit, Natureboy, and Phil Kline, to turn the predictions of the 16th-century astrologer into songs.


Esopus 12: Black and White Now On Newsstands

For its 12th issue, Esopus publishes in only black ink. The issue features artists' projects by Michael Iskowitz, James Pyman, and Fiona Banner and is now available on newsstands.


An Evening with Esopus at The Kitchen

A night’s worth of programming at NYC’s legendary performance space related to Esopus 15: Television



The Esopus Foundation has just received a $25,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support the publication of Esopus.


Esopus 18 event at Brooklyn’s BookCourt

An event related to Esopus 18 features a reading by author Victoria Matsui and a short concert by muscian Cat Martino.


Esopus event at Museum of Moving Image

Actress Lisa Kudrow and producer Dan Bucatinsky join Esopus editor Tod Lippy to discuss the making of their HBO series The Comeback.


Esopus 3 now on newsstands

The third issue of Esopus is now available in bookstores and on newstands. It features artists’ projects by Andrea Dezsó, Jenny Holzer, and Mark Keffer.


Esopus 9 Now On Newsstands

The largest issue of Esopus yet, which includes artists' projects by Kay Rosen, Charlie White, and Sarah Malakoff, is now available on newsstands.


Esopus in San Francisco

Our first event in Northern California includes a reading by Kathering Lee of her short-story debut, Reading, from Esopus 16.


Esopus 4 Now On Newsstands

The fourth issue of Esopus is now available on newsstands in the US and abroad. It features artists’ projects by Edward Ruscha, Ati Maier, and Shanan Kurtz.



Esopus 17 and Esopus 18 will be available in a select number of Anthropologie stores starting at the end of February.


Esopus 18 launches at Esopus Space

The launch party for Esopus 18 also served as the opening reception for a related installation by artist Bryan Nash Gill, “What Was Will Be Again.”


Esopus Space Closes

After 3 years, 18 exhibitions and more than 30 events, Esopus Space closed its doors to the public on Tuesday, June 5th.


Esopus 18 now on newsstands

The 18th issue of Esopus, featuring artists' projects by Bill Burns, Bryan Nash Gill, and Mary Lum, has just reached newsstands in the U.S. and abroad.





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Esopus Space, an exhibition and performance venue run by the Esopus Foundation Ltd., was in operation from June 2009 to June 2012. Located in the heart of Greenwich Village, this intimately scaled ...



EXHIBITION #18: APRIL 16 – JUNE 5, 2012


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Cotter, Holland, “Ray and Bob Box [review],” The New York Times, June 24, 2011, C29.

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Sporting a brand-new format, Esopus 19 launched at BRIC Rotunda Gallery in Brooklyn Heights at and event attended by subscribers, contributors, and enthusiasts. The e...