Pre-Order Now! Something To Look Forward To and Chicago Archives + Artists Project: Case Studies in Collaboration

December 14, 2022 · News

Be the first in line to receive these upcoming publishing projects from Sixty and For The Birds Trapped in Airports. Pre-orders come with a limited edition gift for you or the art book lovers in your life.

Image: A print on pink paper can be seen with the words "You Can't Afford Not To Join" in bold type. Around it are other prints, some that are also on pink paper, others that are printed on teal. Artist Ben Blount's hands enter into the frame from the right, holding onto a stack of prints. Photo by Ryan Edmund Thiel.
Image: A print on pink paper can be seen with the words "You Can't Afford Not To Join" in bold type. Around it are other prints, some that are also on pink paper, others that are printed on teal. Artist Ben Blount's hands enter into the frame from the right, holding onto a stack of prints. Photo by Ryan Edmund Thiel.

The following is for you and the art book lovers in your life.

You can now pre-order both of Sixty’s 2023 limited-edition book projects, each published in collaboration with For The Birds Trapped in Airports and sold through Speculation Bookshop. The projects feature over three dozen artists, archivists, librarians, writers, curators, community organizers, and editors we adore.

Whether you order this as a new year’s gift for yourself or the book lover in your life, all pre-orders will come with a special limited-edition gift and a love note from Sixty to you or the person you’re gifting this to.

Here’s how it works:

  • Step 1:
    Follow the links below to pre-order a copy of Chicago Archives + Artists Project: Case Studies in Collaboration or purchase a subscription to Something To Look Forward To.

  • Step 2:
    If you’re ordering for someone else, be sure to include their name and address in the shipping information.

  • Step 3:
    Sit back, relax, and keep an eye on your mailbox for the gifts that will come to you and/or the person you’re sending this gift to––just some tokens of gratitude from us to hold things over until the zines or books are released this winter or next spring.

Something To Look Forward To… (Winter 2023)

Price: $0 – $120 (Six issues at a sliding scale, + shipping)

A photo of four small zines from the 2021 iteration of Something to Look Forward To. The zines are partially overlapping and set against a black background. Courtesy of Candor Arts.
A photo of four small zines from the 2021 iteration of Something to Look Forward To. The zines are partially overlapping and set against a black background. Courtesy of Candor Arts.

Picking up where the inaugural Something to look forward to left off in 2021, we are releasing a new edition of our 6-issue mini-anthology series in 2023, pulling together some favorite writings, photography, illustrations, and interviews around themes chosen by Sixty’s marvelous editorial team. Like the previous iteration, this subscription-based series will arrive in your mailbox about once a month and will be offered on a sliding scale — starting from $0 — allowing you to choose an amount you can afford and making sure anyone who wants something to look forward to can have it.

The project features Sixty writers, photographers, and illustrators, as well as artists across our communities, with contributions from Carris Adams, Emily Breidenbach, Amanda Dee, Ally Fouts, Morgan Green, Ryan Griffis, Jessica Hammie, Kyra Horton, Imani Joseph, carrie kaufman, Kristie Khans, Analú M. López, Abena Motaboli, Hương Ngo, Rise, Chaz Shermil Hodges, Tesh Silver, Maya Simkin, Livy Snyder, Persephone Van Ort, and more.

The series is co-edited by Chenoa Baker, Ireashia M. Bennett, Tempestt Hazel, Nadia John, S. Nicole Lane, Annette LePique, Christina Nafziger, and Riley Yaxley. The writing and photography of the project editors are also included in some issues. 

Chicago Archives + Artists Project: Case Studies in Collaboration (Spring 2023)

Price: $40 + shipping

Image: Artist Ben Blount standing over a table in his studio, holding a letterpress print that says "thanks" in six different typefaces. In the background you can see posters and prints hanging on the wall above wooden shelves and flat files. Photo by Ryan Edmund Thiel.
Image: Artist Ben Blount standing over a table in his studio, holding a letterpress print that says “thanks” in six different typefaces. In the background you can see posters and prints hanging on the wall above wooden shelves and flat files. Photo by Ryan Edmund Thiel.

The book Chicago Archives + Artists Project: Case Studies in Collaboration serves as a site for new archive-inspired explorations, a directory of Chicago-based archives and collections, and a printed space where past artists, archivists, librarians, curators, and other collaborators can reflect on 5+ years of the Chicago Archives + Artists Project.

The book features two new artist/archive pairings with printmaker Ben Blount who spent time in the archives of Shorefront Legacy Center, and artist/poet Natasha Mijares who explored the Latinx art collection at DePaul Art Museum.

The book features writings from Oscar Arriola (Zine Mercado/Chicago Public Library), Sara Chapman + Dan Erdman (Media Burn), Sky Cubacub (Rebirth Garments), Meg Duguid + Michael Thomas (Culture/Math), Marc Fischer (Public Collectors/Temporary Services), Kate Hadley Toftness (Sixty), Tempestt Hazel (Sixty), Ivan LOZANO (CA+AP Artist), David Maruzzella (DPAM), H. Melt (CA+AP Artist), On the Real Film (CA+AP Artists), Jennifer Patiño (Sixty), Jessica Pushor (Chicago History Museum), Morris “Dino” Robinson (Shorefront), Robert Sloane (Chicago Public Library), Nell Taylor (Read/Write Library), Lauren Shadford (Voices of Contemporary Art), Darryl DeAngelo Terrell (CA+AP Artist), and more.

Edited by Kate Hadley Toftness, with support from Tempestt Hazel, Christina Nafziger, and Persephone Van Ort. Designed by Matt Austin of For the Birds Trapped in Airports.

This publication is made possible through generous support from the Hauser & Wirth Institute and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Want to know more before you order? Learn more about the project here…