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Shannon Michael Cane (1974–2017)

Curator and editor Shannon Michael Cane has died. He was the founder of the queer art and culture zine They Shoot Homos Don’t They?, and the fairs and editions curator for Printed Matter, a New York nonprofit devoted to the collection and distribution of artists’ books and ephemera.

Cane joined the organization in 2008. In addition to putting together the Printed Matter Art Book Fairs in New York and Los Angeles, he curated and produced its fundraising editions, produced several of its artists book publications, and curated a number of exhibitions for the space.

“Shelley and I join with the Printed Matter family and the entire artist publications community in mourning the sudden and devastating loss of our friend and colleague Shannon Michael Cane,” said Phil Aarons, Printed Matter board chair. “His unparalleled passionate commitment to helping artists bring their printed materials to the public was crucial to Printed Matter and so many others. Vibrant, fearless, and larger than life, he will be profoundly missed.”

“Shannon was a truly remarkable being, full of vitality and charisma, tough, warm, irreverent, funny, kind, sassy, and generous. He had a tremendous presence in Printed Matter and its extended community and we are devastated by his loss. We will do our best to keep his energy and his spirit alive,” said Max Schumann, Printed Matter’s executive director.