There will be a closing reception for the second edition of The Open Collection — TOC02: Serially Un[Boxed] featuring the 1968 artists’ magazine, S.M.S. (Shit Must Stop) on Friday, January 19th from 5:00-6:30 pm in the Kranzberg Art & Architecture Library.
In keeping with the magazine’s mission of allowing direct engagement with art, this will be an interactive event. The contents of the first five volumes of portfolios will be on display in the Reading Room and two of the multiples, Marcel Duchamp’s vinyl record, Contrapetrie, a surrealist word game (S.M.S., no.2) and Diane Wakoski’s coated cardboard photograph record, The Magellanic Clouds (S.M.S., no. 5), will be played on a turntable.
Delivering unmediated small-scale, meticulously recreated original art reproductions via mail, S.M.S., organized by William Copley, offered subscribers the experience of contemporary art for a $125 subscription. Six issues were produced between February and December 1968 totaling more than seventy works by both unknown and established artists including, Meret Oppenheim, Marcel Duchamp, Christo, Lamont Young, Lil Picard, Bruce Nauman and Yoko Ono. Operating outside of the gallery system, the magazine format enabled a wide demographic (including libraries and their patrons) intimate access to art and released artists from market constraints and institutional agendas.
The Open Collection is a collaborative curatorial project of Jesse Vogler, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture, and Jennifer Akins, Subject Librarian for Art and Architecture. Stay tuned each semester for a rotating series that exhibits thematic threads from this incredible archive.