Performing Documents: Modes of Assembling

Aarati Akkapeddi, December 2021
Aarati Akkapeddi, December 2021

About the Exhibition

Performing Documents: Modes of Assembling, curated by Paige Landesberg, highlights artists who are collecting and publishing calculated excerpts of primary research, existing data, and archival documents as a practice. Through the act of interrogating (and sometimes altering) fragments of living archives–such as old family photographs, real estate listings, and public records of funding–these artists activate complex narratives of the political, the poetic, and the personal. The method of dissemination employed in each work relates back to the original formats where the contents once circulated; establishing an unconventional criteria for publishing that is rooted in context, time and place. 

Order your copy of Performing Documents: Modes of Assembling
Edited by Paige Landesberg

Softcover, tab bound, b&w and color
8.5 x 11 inches, 130 pages

The book Performing Documents: Modes of Assembling, edited by Paige Landesberg and designed by Brian Paul Lamott, accompanies the exhibition of the same name and includes contributions by Aarati Akkapeddi, Yusuf Hassan (BlackMass Publishing), Sam Lavigne and Tega Brain, Sarah Cook, Andrea Fraser, Paige Landesberg, Huong Ngo, and Adam Pendleton, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Corina Reynolds, Paul Soulellis. This book introduces the reader to key ideas surrounding the document within contemporary art.

We are deeply grateful to the individuals who have contributed to this exhibition financially, intellectually, and physically: Allison Carter-Beaulé, Alexandra Crane, Slavko Djuric, Tilde Mariani Giacche’, Samuel Herzig, Thomas Herzig, Nicole Kaack, Brian Paul Lamotte, Stuart Landesberg, Henry Roy Landesberg, Lydia Landesberg, and the Philene Foundation.


Aarati Akkapeddi

Adam Pendleton

Andrea Fraser 

BlackMass Publishing

Hương Ngô

Sam Lavigne and Tega Brain



Visit the Exhibition

Performing Documents: Modes of Assembling will be on view at Center for Book Arts (28 W 27th St, 3rd Fl) from Friday, July 15 through Saturday, September 24, 2022.

CBA is open Monday–Thursday from 11am–6pm and Friday & Saturday from 11am–5pm. Admission is free with a suggested donation.

All visitors are required to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination upon arrival and wear a mask covering their nose and mouth at all times while on-site. If you have a medical or religious exemption to the vaccine, please contact CBA Executive Director Corina Reynolds at in advance of your visit.

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