New publication: "Tender" book launch and signed special edition

Conceived as a story in multiple chapters, this book focuses on two parts of a larger project by artist Jill Magid in which she explores the circulation of pennies against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic. Through Tender, a public artwork in New York City produced by Creative Time, and Tender: Balance, an exhibition at the Renaissance Society in Chicago, Magid both observes intimate financial and social transactions and delves into economic systems that are harder to see, intervening in the flows of currency in subtle, poetic ways.
Along with visuals from these two parts of the project, the book offers insights into Magid’s extensive research process and three new essays that provide greater social and art historical context for her work. In their contribution, Claire Bishop and Nikki Columbus consider how Magid’s process makes wide-ranging connections to create a constellation of ideas. Jamilah King addresses the ongoing shift toward a cashless economy and who is left behind, and Aden Kumler explores histories of modifying currency. The book culminates in a conversation between the artist and curators Justine Ludwig and Karsten Lund, in which they reflect on the project’s conceptual touchstones and on events contemporary to the work.
*A special edition of Jill Magid’s book Tender, produced in a limited run of 100, includes a single penny engraved with the phrase “THE BODY WAS ALREADY SO FRAGILE.”
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BOOK LAUNCH: Saturday, May 7, 3:30 - 5:00 pm


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.

175 pages
11 x 9 in.
ISBN: 978-0-941548-84-7
Edited by Karsten Lund
Designed by Arno Baudin (ZOLO)