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The Arts Intel Report

A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler
A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler

Copy Machine Manifestos: Artists Who Make Zines

Robert Ford, Thing no. 4, 1991.

200 Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY 11238, USA

Before Gen-Z had Twitter and Instagram to express their aesthetic and literary fascinations, there was the “zine.” Since the 1970s, zines—homemade magazines filled with essays and collages—have been a mainstay of countercultures and subcultures. Everyone from punk rockers and anarchists to NSYNC superfans have taken to the copy machine to pour their hearts and souls into these booklets. The Brooklyn Museum’s new exhibition explores the cultural evolution of this phenomenon and the ways it has influenced other artistic mediums. —Lucy Horowitz

Photo: Evan McKnight/Brooklyn Museum