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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27 AT PRINTED MATTER
OCTOBER 27 - NOVEMBER 28
OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30, 6-8PM
PRINTED MATTER, INC., 231 11TH AVE
Please Add To and Return To: Mail Art Homage to Ray Johnson
Presented with Performa and the Ray Johnson Estate
October 27 - November 28, 2015
Printed Matter is pleased to presentPlease Add To and Return To: Mail Art Homage to Ray Johnson, the culminating
exhibition of recent mail art submissions realized as part ofPerforma 15in collaboration with The
Ray Johnson Estate. Spanning the back wall of Printed Matter's new location
at 231 11th Avenue, the exhibition presents hundreds of submitted works
that were received in response to a mail art activation celebrating the
life and work of artist Ray Johnson (1927-1995).
The exhibition will be on view at Printed Matter October 27-November 28 in
two phases, with the installation turning over on November 11. Please join
us for an opening reception, co-hosted with Performa and The Ray Johnson
Estate on Friday, October 30th, 6-8PM. A panel discussion and set of
performances in connection with the exhibition will be held at Printed
Matter during the course of the exhibition, details forthcoming.
The exhibition extends a component of Johnson’s mail art practice in which
he distributed “templates” with the instructions “Please Add To.” The
artist would send these photocopies of his original drawings en masse via
USPS, instructing recipients to “Return To Ray Johnson” or forward to
someone else entirely. Upon return of work, Johnson would typically
photocopy and recirculate the altered versions or add them to his archive.
As an homage to Johnson, several of the artist’s mail art “templates” were
placed back into circulation as a call to action for the next generation of
Johnson enthusiasts. Submissions for the project were received from
eighty-five cities in nineteen countries, demonstrating that Johnson’s
legendary mail art practice continues to resonate.
The exhibition will also display a selection of Johnson's original
templates from 1976, which were distributed through 1990, including “please
add to and return to” mailings such as "The Starn Twins,"
"Please Add Hair to Cher," and "Ray Johnson
Printed Matter will have a station on-site for visitors to create new works
on blank templates, which will be collected into the exhibition and placed
on view in accompanying binders. Once received, all submissions are posted
to a page on the websiteand become part of the Ray
Johnson Estate archive.
Printed Matter, Inc
231 11th Ave
New York, NY 10001
Benvenuto nella visione di questo Blog di Arte Contemporanea dell' ARCHIVIO OPHEN VIRTUAL ART MUSEUM, un archivio privato Italiano creato da Giovanni Bonanno nel 1989 in provincia di Como. Attualmente si trova a Salerno.
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