Book Launch

Jill Magid: Tender

  • Sat, May 7, 2022
    (This event has already happened.)

    The Historical Dime Savings Bank of Williamsburg

    at the Dime

    209 Havemeyer St

    Brooklyn, New York 11211

    The Renaissance Society and Creative Time celebrate the joint publication of Jill Magid’s new monograph, Tender, with a book launch at the Historical Dime Savings Bank of Williamsburg.

    A limited number of copies of the book will be available for sale at the event. Additional copies can be pre-ordered via our website here and will be mailed in June.

    For this occasion, writers Claire Bishop and Nikki Columbus will give a performative reading of their collaborative essay from the book. As they combine text and images in dynamic ways, the two catalogue contributors offer an expansive mapping of insights from Magid’s research as well as their own associations and imaginative leaps.

    A story in multiple chapters, this catalogue focuses on the first two parts of Jill Magid’s ongoing Tender project, in which she explores the circulation of pennies against the shifting backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic. Through a public artwork in New York produced by Creative Time (2020-ongoing) and an exhibition of new work at the Renaissance Society in Chicago (2021), Magid observed intimate social and financial transactions, while also drawing out vast economic systems that are harder to see. The book launch also marks the final weekend of Jill Magid’s Tender Presence, an installation with film and live sound, the latest iteration of this larger evolving project.

    Learn more about the book here.

    Due to the nature of this venue, a historical landmark bank, capacity is extremely limited. RSVPs are required. A small number of tickets may be available at the door after registered guests have checked-in. RSVP here.


    Claire Bishop is a critic and professor in the PhD program in Art History at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her books include Artificial Hells: Participatory Art and the Politics of Spectatorship (Verso, 2012), and Radical Museology, or, What’s Contemporary in Museums of Contemporary Art? (Walther König, 2013). She is a Contributing Editor of Artforum, and her essays and books have been translated into twenty languages. She is currently working on two books: a short publication about Merce Cunningham’s Events, and a collection of essays about contemporary art and attention. Her most recent publication is a book of conversations with Cuban artist Tania Bruguera (Cisneros, 2020).

    Nikki Columbus is a writer, curator, and editor based in New York. Her writing and programming focus on museums and social justice, performance, and contemporary art of the Middle East. She has written for n+1 and numerous art publications, organized public forums for the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and the Vera List Center for Art and Politics, held editorial posts at Parkett and Artforum, and curated at Townhouse Gallery in Cairo. Her conversation with Lebanese writer Mirene Arsanios was recently published in Why Call It Labor? On Motherhood and Art Work (Mophradat and Archive Books, 2021). She is currently writing a book about motherhood and maternal discrimination.