Marshall Weber is an archivist, artist and curator known for his exuberant artists’ books, his advocacy for diversity and equity in the field, and his publishing work with social justice organizations including Iraq Veterans Against the War, Justseeds, Librarians and Archivists with Palestine, the Occuprint project of Occupy Wall Street, and Voces de La Frontera. He received his MFA at the San Francisco Art Institute in 1981 and in 1982 he co-founded and became Director of Artists Television Access in San Francisco. In 1999 he co-founded Booklyn, in Brooklyn, where he is currently the Directing Curator. Weber has created bodies of work in artists’ books, collage, poetry, photography, printmaking, video, and performance art. He has collaborated on dozens of artists’ books with a diverse group of artists including: CUBA, Stephen Dupont, Eliana Perez, Veronika Schäpers, Brian D. Tripp, and Xu Bing. There are significant collections of his artists’ books in the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library, the Bavarian State Library, the Boston Athenaeum, the German National Library, the Herzog August Library, the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library, Stanford University, the State Library of Queensland, and UC Irvine, His extensive Zine archive is at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, and his artwork and books are held in hundreds of collections worldwide.
Weber has curated dozens of exhibitions of artists’ books including co-curating (with Xu Bing) the first “Diamond Leaves” Triennial exhibition at the Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum in Beijing in 2012. He has contributed texts regarding artists’ books to anthologies, journals and monographs, including co-editing the “Diamond Leaves” exhibition catalog (Guangxi Normal University Press, 2013) and editing “Freedom of the Presses” (Booklyn, 2018). He received the 2019 Herzog August Bibliothek Artists’ Book Prize and has received Interdisciplinary Arts Fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the McKnight Foundation. Weber has served on the arts faculty at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and NYU and has taught and consulted on collection and curriculum development, for hundreds of art organizations, libraries, museums, and universities internationally. He is also a radical archivist, notably placing Booklyn’s archives at the Library of Congress, San Francisco Chicano curator René Yañez’s archives at UC Berkeley, the archives of punk publications “Search and Destroy” and “RE:Search” at UCLA, and the Fly Zine Archive at the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts.
An Assembly on Using Artists’ Books to Decolonize Special Collections Libraries: 2022