Launched in Wellington eight years ago on a shoe-string budget, White Fungus will feature in Millennium Magazines at New York's Museum of Modern Art. This survey of experimental art and design magazines published since 2000 explores the various ways in which contemporary artists and designers utilise the magazine format as an experimental space for the presentation of artworks and text.
Founded by Ron and Mark Hansen, White Fungus was launched in 2004 as a free photocopied handout protesting against the building of an inner-city bypass. The first copies were wrapped in Christmas paper and hurled through the entrances of stores and businesses. Since then it has grown into a fully-fledged publication, but retaining an edgy point of difference recognised by MoMA. “Independent publishing is an avenue for doing risky and experimental work that might not be accepted in a traditional gallery context”, says Ron Hansen. “The fact that the Museum of Modern Art is recognsing that is encouraging.”
Millennium Magazines runs at MoMA from 20 February to 14 May 2012.