Plug In ICA launches Angie Keefer: Second Thoughts 

Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art is pleased to announce

Second Thoughts
by Angie Keefer

Co-published by Kunstverein Amsterdam and Plug In ICA

Canadian launch dates:

Toronto: Wednesday, June 19, 7pm: Art Metropole, 158 Sterling Road, Toronto, ON, Canada. +1(416)703.4400,

Winnipeg: Thursday, June 20, 7pm: Plug In ICA, 460 Portage Ave, Unit 1, Winnipeg, MB, Canada. +1(204)942-1043,

Calgary: Friday, June 21, 6pm: Esker Foundation, 444, 1011 -9th Ave S.E. Calgary, AB, Canada. +1(403)930.2490,

Vancouver: Saturday, June 22, 1pm: Or Gallery, 555 Hamilton St, Vancouver, BC, Canada. +1(604)683.739,

I half hold that my life is a fine ride as long as I don’t attempt to navigate. The least critical way to describe this outlook is “bemused fatalism,” and as coping mechanisms go, there’s much to be said for keeping that faith, but so far it hasn’t proved compatible with ambitious ideas like writing a book, though this may turn out to be the first page of a first chapter, in which case I’ve changed my life and overruled fate with you as my witness.

-Angie Keefer

Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art is pleased to announce the launch of Second Thoughts, a selection of writing from 2008 to 2018 by artist Angie Keefer. This compilation traverses numerous disciplines from physics to philosophy, incorporating biographical elements and running parallel to Keefer’s visual practice.

Without directly addressing her own visual work, the book shadows the artist’s research, capturing her thoughts, travels, and encounters across a broad spectrum of subjects, including octopuses, protons, pictographs, poets, grammar, economy, love, loss, and politics.

At nearly 550-pages, Second Thoughts is long in scope but precisely constructed. Keefer leads readers down vividly articulated paths, documenting her thought processes in an exacting manner that reveals writing itself as a process of formulating the world. Accumulated knowledge is reconfigured through the pacing and cadence of each sentence.

Keefer worked closely with designer Scott Ponik to present this selection of writing as a unified whole while framing each individual text with its own synopsis and postscript. Though all of the pieces have been published previously, many were significantly updated, amended, and rewritten for this edition. Second Thoughts includes an introduction by Maxine Kopsa and a short text co-written with Lucy Skaer. The title is pulled in part from Keefer’s 2017 solo exhibition FIRST CLASS, SECOND THOUGHTS, INTERMINABLE SWELL at Plug In ICA.

A reading of Second Thoughts by Angie Keefer is available in our online video archive.

544 pages
5.4 x 8.2 inches
ISBN: 978-94-90629-20-5

Copy edited by Eugenia Bell in Brooklyn, New York
Designed and typeset by Scott Ponik in Portland, Oregon
Printed and bound by Sheridan MI in Chelsea, Michigan
Published in an edition of 1000 by Kunstverein Publishing, Amsterdam and Plug In Editions, Winnipeg.

Angie Keefer is an artist, writer, teacher, and publisher, though the distinctions among these categories are much less definitive in Keefer’s work than comma-separated terms would indicate. Taking an interest in the incidental aspects of art making and its dissemination — from critical & commercial positioning through language, to surrounding labour, and shifting market forces — Keefer often pulls at the stitching that holds the enterprise together. She has exhibited extensively at institutions in the USA and Europe, including Witte de With, Rotterdam (2018); Plug In ICA (2017); Greater New York, PS1, New York (2015-16); Kunstverein, Munich (2015); Whitney Biennial, New York (2014); Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp (2013-14); and Yale Union, Portland (2013); and has staged performances, talks, seminars, and other series at Artists Space, New York (2015); Liverpool Biennial (2014); Contemporary Art Centre (CAC), Vilnius (2014, 2011); Mercosul Biennial, Porto Alegre, Brazil (2013); São Paulo Biennial, Brazil (2012); and The Museum of Modern Art, New York (2012), among others. Her writing has appeared in numerous artists’ publications, as well as MousseHarvard Design Magazine, and Bulletins of The Serving Library.


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Kunstverein Publishing
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Distributed by Idea Books, Amsterdam
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Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art recognizes we are on Treaty One Territory, the traditional territories of the Anishinaabe, Métis, Cree, Dakota, Dene, and Oji-Cree Nations.

Thank you to Kunstverein Publishing, Amsterdam for being first to imagine this publication.

Plug In ICA extends our gratitude to our artists, generous donors, valued members, and dedicated volunteers. With special thanks to our Director’s Circle.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Manitoba Arts Council, and Winnipeg Arts Council. We could not operate without their continued financial investment and lobbying efforts.

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