M/E/A/N/I/N/G, 1986-1996 (ed. Susan Bee and Mira Schor)

from M/E/A/N/I/N/G No. 16, November 1994
from M/E/A/N/I/N/G No. 16, November 1994

Founded in December of 1986 by editors Susan Bee and Mira Schor, M/E/A/N/I/N/G provided a timely vehicle for an expanded practice of art criticism from its locus in New York City.Reflecting on the origins of the magazine in an introduction to the final issue, the editors write: “we felt the need for an alternative to the market orientation of mainstream art magazines and the frequently exclusionary theoretical orientation of more academic journals, both of which seemed distant from the actual creative lives of a majority of thoughtful and informed working visual artists.”In twenty issues published over the course of a decade, M/E/A/N/I/N/G indexes the most compelling questions of its time while offering a wide range of informative and provocative critical perspectives that remain contemporary. Designed by Susan Bee, the magazine measures 8.5” by 11” perfect bound with the exception of the first four side stapled issues. The final “visual forum” double issue featured a single image from most contributors in alphabetical order alongside a thorough index to the full run of the magazine compiled by Anne Tardos.

M/E/A/N/I/N/G: An Anthology of Artists’ Writings, Theory, and Criticism, edited by Bee and Schor and featuring a selection of material from the original journal was published by Duke University Press in 2000. The collection remains in print, with a cover featuring a detail of a painting by Joan Snyder. Since 2002, Bee and Schor have maintained their editorial collaboration with M/E/A/N/I/N/G Online. They published their 25th Anniversary issue in late 2011, the contents of which can be found here.

Full issues of M/E/A/N/I/N/G are available for download or browsing below. The index to each issue attempts to retain the formatting of the contents as printed in the magazine, including original pagination. Each PDF is fully searchable and bookmarked for easy navigation to individual works within the magazine. This reissue was scanned by Amelia Bentley and edited by Danny Snelson with the support of Susan Bee, Charles Bernstein, and the Kelly Writers House. 

The complete set of twenty issues is available for download here: [ZIP, 540 MB]

M/E/A/N/I/N/G #1, December 1986 [PDF, 21 MB]

 

Contents

For M/E/A/N/I/N/G Charles Bernstein
 p.3
APPROPRIATED SEXUALITY  Mira Schor

p.8
LES IMMATERIAUX: Long-term Effects of the Exhibition  Johanna Drucker
p.18
PORFIRIO DIDONNA: In Memory Alan Davies, Lee Sherry, and Jake Berthot
p.24
FROM THE NOTEBOOKS OF RENE SANTOS
Brad Baker and Ann Schoenfeld
p.27
RIVET, LIVELY FOR BEING ITSELF
Mimi Gross
p.31
RUNNING ON EMPTY: An Artist’s Life in New York
Susan Bee
p.33
 MOTHER BASEBALL
Vanalyne Green
p.35

M/E/A/N/I/N/G #2, November 1987 [PDF, 26 MB]

 

Contents

FORUM
Arakawa & Madeleine Gins; Susan Bee; Robert Berlind; Jake Berthot; Power Boothe; Collins & Milazzo; Maureen Connor; Alan Cote; Rackstraw Downes; Janet Heit; Bob Holman; David Humphrey; Komar & Melamid; Medrie MacPhee; Elizabeth Murray; Mark Van Proyen; Yvonne Rainer; Salvatore Romano; Miriam Schapiro; David Von Schlegell; Ann Schoenfeld; Ken Sofer; Pat Steir; Robert Storr; Lawrence Weiner p.3
BONNARD’S ANTS  Mira Schor p.22
BATS  Tom Knechtel p.27
DEAR ELLSWORTH KELLY  Barbara Flug Colin p.29
THE DISCOVERED UNCOVERED
Nancy Spero p.32
PEACE/NUN/PIECE: April 17-24, 1987

Pamela Shoemaker p.34
ART WITHOUT RHETORIC
Johanna Drucker p.38
CONTRIBUTORS   p.43

M/E/A/N/I/N/G #3, May 1988 [PDF, 23 MB]

 

Contents

Florine Stettheimer: Eccentric Power, Invisible Tradition Pamela Wye
p.3
The Art School Can Be a Research Workshop
 or the Hotbed of Consumer Orthodoxy
Lucio Pozzi

p.13
Some Remarks on Racism 
in the American Arts
Daryl Chin p.18
What Is Divided?
Charles Bernstein p.26
Stella, the Star — No. 2
Corinne Robins p.30
The Poetics of Basketry:
 Art in a Tribal Context
David M. Guss p.31
Letter to the Editors
Richard Artschwager p.38
Contributors
  p.38

M/E/A/N/I/N/G #4, November 1988 [PDF, 24 MB]

  

Contents

Representations of the Penis Mira Schor
p.3
A Conversation with Richards Jarden
Robert Berlind
p.18
Reorganized Meditations 
on Mnemonic Threshold  Joseph Nechvatal
p.26
The Myth of Aesthetic Autonomy:
 On Allan Kaprow  Johanna Drucker
p.27
Nancy Spero: Speaking in Tongues
Pamela Wye 
p.33
Contributors
p.42

M/E/A/N/I/N/G #5, May 1989 [PDF, 26 MB]

  

Contents

FORUM 1989
Emma Amos; Cay Bahnmiller; Lillian Ball;
 Susan Bee; Nancy Bowen; Arthur C. Danto; Robert Feintuch; Sharon Gold; Dan Graham; Mimi Gross; Marcia Hafif;
 Susanna Heller; Lenore Malen; Diane Neumaier; Rebecca Quaytman; Arlene Raven; David Reed; Meyer Raphael Rubinstein; Mira Schor; Pamela Shoemaker; Harriet Shorr; May Stevens; Richard Tuttle; Faith Wilding p.3
The Critic Is (?) Artist
Marcia Hafif p.21
The End of Artists?
Charles Bernstein p.24
The Success of Failure
Joel Fisher p.28
BOOK REVIEWS
Louise Hamlin, Tony Green, Pamela Wye, Tom Knechtel, Daryl Chin, Geoffrey Young p.33
Contributors   p.46

M/E/A/N/I/N/G #6, November 1989 [PDF, 31 MB]

 

Contents

A Conversation on Censorship with Carolee Schneemann
Aviva Rahmani p.3
A Chinaman’s Chance
Daryl Chin p.8
Blood and Milk: Musings on 
the Wound and the Breast
Faith Wilding p.13
Figure/Ground
Mira Schor p.18
Late Nadelman
Brandt Junceau p.28
The Critic and the Hare: Meditations
 on the Death of My Rabbit
Ann McCoy p.34
Book Reviews
Ilan Stavans, Whitney Chadwick, Johanna Drucker, Joseph Nechvatal, Geoffrey Young p.36
Contributors  
p.54

M/E/A/N/I/N/G #7May 1990 [PDF, 30 MB]

  

Contents

CONTEMPORARY VIEWS ON RACISM IN THE ARTS
Emma Amos; Josely Carvalho; Daryl Chin; Tom Finkelpearl; Madeline Gins; Renee Green; Hung Liu; Fern Logan; Robert C. Morgan; Juan Sanchez; Robert Storr; Florence Wong p.3
Work To Be Done
Gil Ott p.28
“Post-Feminism” — A Remasculinization of Culture?
Amelia Jones p.29
September 21, 1989
Richard Tuttle p.41
Book Reviews
Johanna Drucker, Susan Bee, L. Brandon Krall, Charles Bernstein p.42
Contributors  
p.52

M/E/A/N/I/N/G #8, November 1990 [PDF, 30 MB]

  

Contents

SYMBOLISM: CONTEMPORARY MANIFESTATIONS
Lenore Malen; Ellen Lanyon; Peter Schjeldahl; Nancy Spero; Robert Storr
p.3
“Dark Art” into Allegory: From Transfiguration to Refiguration
Daniel Barbiero
p.11
Questions of Art
Lucio Pozzi
p.18
Authority and Learning
Mira Schor
p.29
We Interrupt This Reading. . .
Janet Kaplan
p.36
Stasis Curtis Mitchell
p.41
Why We Need “Bad Girls” Rather Than “Good” Ones! 
Corinne Robins p.43
Book Review
Elyse Cheney p.49
Contributors
  p.53

M/E/A/N/I/N/G #9May 1991 [PDF, 30 MB]

  

Contents

The Response as Such: Words in Visibility
 Charles Bernstein
p.3
The Absence of Body/The Fantasy of Representation
Amelia Jones p.9
The Collapse of the 80s Image
Joseph Nechvatal p.24
Damaged Speech. On Recent Political Art
Robert Jensen p.27
Spanish Haarlem

Daryl Chin p.35
Book Reviews
Whitney Chadwick, Robert C. Morgan, Elizabeth Willis p.40
Letter
Barbara Pollack p.49
Contributors
p.53

M/E/A/N/I/N/G #10, November 1991 [PDF, 23 MB]

 

Contents

OVER TIME: A FORUM ON ART MAKING



Rudolf Baranik; Larry Bell; Rosemarie Castoro; Arthur Cohen; Bailey Doogan; Hermine Ford; Nancy Fried; Leon Golub; John Goodyear; Mimi Gross; Nancy Grossman; Yvonne Jacquette; Ellen Lanyon; Ann McCoy; Melissa Meyer; Howardena Pindell; Lucio Pozzi; Jacques Roch; Miriam Schapiro; Carolee Schneemann; Richard Tuttle; David von Schlegell; Lawrence Weiner; Faith Wilding p.3
Alison Knowles: An Interview  Aviva Rahmani
p.21
Whose Agenda? False Dichotomies on an Uneven Ground
May Stevens
p.26
Book Reviews
Robert C. Morgan, Robert Berlind, Mira Schor
p.28
Letter
Kathleen Fraser 
p.40
Contributors   p.43

M/E/A/N/I/N/G #11May 1992 [PDF, 30 MB]

  

Contents

Visual Pleasure: A Feminist Perspective
Johanna Drucker p.3
A ROUND TABLE ON CRITICISM
Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe; Jeanne Silverthorne; 
Sidney Tillim; Robert C. Morgan; Mira Schor; Saul Ostrow; Klaus Ottmann; Marjorie Welish; Joshua Decter; Steven Melville; John Miller; Pat McCoy p.12
Brisas del Caribe: Renegade Space, The New Era Project, and the Value Discourse
Collins & Milazzo p.28
Innovations in Image Technology
Joseph Nechvatal p.38
Book Reviews

Daryl Chin, Robert C. Morgan,
Jessica Prinz
p.41
Letter
Yve-Alain Bois p.50
Contributors
p.53

M/E/A/N/I/N/G #12, November 1992 [PDF, 35 MB]

 

Contents

FORUM: ON MOTHERHOOD, ART, AND APPLE PIE
Emma Amos; Suzanne Anker; Susan Bee; Emily Cheng; Myrel Chernick; Peggy Cyphers; Stephanie DeManuelle; Jane Dickson; Bailey Doogan; Hermine Ford; Mimi Gross; Freya Hansell; Yvonne Jacquette; Joyce Kozloff; Ellen Lanyon; Betty Lee; Lenore Malen; Ann Messner; Diane Neumaier; Nancy Pierson; Barbara Pollack; Erika Rothenberg; Miriam Schapiro; Arlene Shechet; Dena Shottenkirk; Joan Snyder; Elke Solomon; Nancy Spero; May Stevens; Carol Szymanski; Martha Wilson; Barbara Zucker p.3
Cartoons of the Self: Portrait of the Artist as a Young Murderer — Art Spiegelman’s Maus
Nancy K. Miller p.43
The Drunken Conversation of Chaos and Painting
James Elkins p.55
Contributors
p.61

M/E/A/N/I/N/G #13May 1993 [PDF, 30 MB]

 

Contents

A History of Art
Stewart Buettner p.3
Working the Park  Curtis Mitchell
p.6
The Comfy Chair
Jo Anna Isaak p.14
Course Proposal  Mira Schor p.20
Those Little White Lies
Daryl Chin p.24
Media Baptisms
David Reed p.31
Transactional Space
Jordan Crandall p.34
Book Reviews
Susan Bee, Steven OLeary Harvey , Johanna Drucker, Barry Schwabsky, Robert C. Morgan p.42
Contributors
p.55

M/E/A/N/I/N/G #14, November 1993 [PDF, 31 MB]

  

Contents

The Return of the Feminist Body
Amelia Jones p.3
A Conversation on Lesbian Subjectivity and Painting with Deborah Kass
Patricia Cronin p.7
Aesthetic and Postmenopausal Pleasures
Joanna Frueh p.13
Muse Begets Crone
Whitney Chadwick p.20
just a sketch. . .
Laura Cottingham p.24
We Need a New History
Jack and Sheila Butler p.32
Book Reviews
Mira Schor, Robert C. Morgan, Joseph Nechvatal p.42
Contributors
p.51

M/E/A/N/I/N/G #15May 1994 [PDF, 26 MB]

 

Contents

FORUM: ON CREATIVITY AND COMMUNITY  Suzanne Anker; Susan Bee; Jackie Brookner; Daryl Chin; Jordan Crandall; Bailey Doogan; David Humphrey; William Pope. L; Barbara Pollack; Lucio Pozzi; Jerry Saltz; Mira Schor; Harriet Shorr
p.3
The Indivisible Individual Invisible In There  G. Roger Denson

p.30
Yayoi Kusama: In Between the Outside and Inside
Pamela Wye

p.37
The Birth of Metatheory  Dena Shottenkirk
p.42
Book Reviews
Charles Bernstein
p.48
Contributors
p.53

M/E/A/N/I/N/G #16, November 1994 [PDF, 41 MB]

  

Contents

WORKING CONDITIONS: A Forum on Art and Everyday Life by Younger Artists Douglas Anderson; Jimbo Blachly; Serena Bocchino; Richard Brown; Kathe Burkhart; Kevin deForest; Jason Fox; Ava Gerber; Hilary Helfant; Lisa Hoke; Julia Jacquette; Jenifer Kobylarz; Robert Kuszek; Lawrence Lipkin; Mery Lynn McCorkle; Michael Mikulay; Holly Miller; Gregory Montreuil; David Moreno; Portia Munson; Kathryn Myers; Paul Pagk; Alix Pearlstein; Enoc Perez; Rebecca Quaytman; Trudie Reiss; Christian Schumann; Kate Shepherd; Amy Sillman; Hugh Steers; Laura Stein; Danny Tisdale; Nicola Tyson; Anthony Viti; Derek Weiler; Michael Windle; Karen Yasinsky; Alexander Zane
p.3
When the Stars Threw Down Their Spears: An Interview with Thomas McEvilley
Dominique Nahas p.45
“I Don’t Take Voice Mail” Charles Bernstein p.55
The Future of Writing
Johanna Drucker p.62
Book Review
Misko Suvakovic p.65
Contributors

p.69

M/E/A/N/I/N/G #17May 1995 [PDF, 28 MB]

  

Contents

Mainstream Mythopoesis
G. Roger Denson p.3
Mom and Pop Art
Daryl Chin p.11
Centering the Art (Arts?) of the Book
Charles Alexander p.21
Ways of Seeing de Kooning
Barbara Flug Colin p.27
Book Reviews
Barbara Einzig, Nick Piombino, Robert C. Morgan, Daniel Barbiero p.30
Letters
Nicholas Frank, Deborah J. Haynes p.48
Contributors   p.55

M/E/A/N/I/N/G #18, November 1995 [PDF, 37 MB]

  

Contents

Monstrous Domesticity
Faith Wilding p.3
BRAVE NEW ART WORLD: A Symposium
Lenore Malen, Irving Sandler, Michael Brenson, Debra Bricker Balken, Michi Itami p.17
Painting as Manual
Mira Schor p.31
The Stranger
Pam Longobardi p.42
Painting After Painting: The Paintings of Susan Bee
Misko Suvakovic p.46
Book Reviews
Nick Piombino, Tom Knechtel, Corinne Robins, Robert C. Morgan p.54
Contributors   p.77

M/E/A/N/I/N/G #19-20May 1996 [PDF, 65 MB]

  

Contents

M/E/A/N/l/N/G from A to Z: A Visual Forum Emma Amos; Douglas Anderson; Suzanne Anker; Ida Applebroog; Lillian Ball; Rudolf Baranik; Susan Bee; Charles Bernstein; Jake Berthot; Jimbo Blachly; Serena Bocchino; Power Boothe; Nancy Bowen; Jackie Brookner; Richard Brown; Kathe Burkhart; Jack Butler; Sheila Butler; Rosemarie Castoro; Emily Cheng; Myrel Chernick; Daryl Chin; Maureen Connor; Jordan Crandall; Peggy Cyphers; Kevin deForest; Stephanie DeManuelle; Jane Dickson; Bailey Doogan; Rackstraw Downes; Johanna Drucker; Hermine Ford; Jason Fox; Nicholas Frank; Nancy Fried; Ava Gerber; Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe; Sharon Gold; Leon Golub; John Goodyear; Mimi Gross; Nancy Grossman; Marcia Hafif; Freya Hansell; Hilary Helfant; Susanna Heller; Lisa Hoke; David Humphrey; Michi Itami; Julia Jacquette; Yvonne Jacquette; Tom Knechtel; Alison Knowles; Komar & Melamid; Joyce Kozloff; L. Brandon Krall; Robert Kuszek; Ellen Lanyon; Lawrence Lipkin; Fern Logan; Pam Longobardi; Medrie MacPhee; Lenore Malen; Ann McCoy; Ann Messner; Melissa Meyer; Michael Mikulay; Holly Miller; John Miller; Curtis Mitchell; Gregory Montreuil; David Moreno; Robert C. Morgan; Portia Munson; Kathryn Myers; Joseph Nechvatal; Diane Neumaier; Paul Pagk; Enoc Perez; Nancy Pierson; Howardena Pindell; Barbara Pollack; William Pope. L; Lucio Pozzi; Rebecca Quaytman; Aviva Rahmani; David Reed; Trudie Reiss; Jacques Roch; Sal Romano; Erika Rothenberg; Juan Sanchez; Miriam Schapiro; Carolee Schneemann; Mira Schor; Christian Schumann; Arlene Shechet; Kate Shepherd; Pamela Shoemaker; Harriet Shorr; Dena Shottenkirk; Amy Sillman; Joan Snyder; Elke Solomon; Nancy Spero; May Stevens; Robert Storr; Sidney Tillim; Danny Tisdale; Nicola Tyson; Derek Weiler; Lawrence Weiner; Faith Wilding; Martha Wilson; Michael Windle; Flo Oy Wong; Pamela Wye; Karen Yasinsky; Alexander Zane; Barbara Zucker
p.3
Contributors

  p.125
Index to Issues #1-20   p.130