Plastic People of the Universe just arrived in a red-flocked box hand-carried from Prague. Library and Museum Archives Director Milan Hughston acquired the set of the avant-garde Czech band’s albums while traveling in Eastern Europe as part of the MoMA’s C-MAP initiative. -jt
4:10 pm • 30 May 2014 • 94 notes
“Peek A Book of the Week" (1957) by Ray Johnson - another small pamphlet that served to advertise his design services. Part of the upcoming MoMA Library show - Ray Johnson Designs, July 2 - September 28, 2014. -ds
2:41 pm • 29 May 2014 • 141 notes
Small promotional booklet called "Book of the Month" by Ray Johnson (1956) Part of the upcoming MoMA Library show - Ray Johnson Designs , July 2 - September 28, 2014. -ds
2:37 pm • 29 May 2014 • 188 notes
Self-published artists’ books and zines from the xerox generations of the late 70s, 80s and early 90s closely parallel the sensibility of independent music labels of the time, especially the alternate distribution networks created by these labels and the zine culture around their music and shows. Here’s one overlap found in the archive of Franklin Furnace here at MoMA Library - the first two newsletters (1984-85?) by K Records (Calvin Johnson & co.) of Olympia WA - “The K cassette revolution is exploding the teenage underground into passionate revolt against the corporate ogre since 1982.”
Which of these two are you? -ds
10:13 am • 29 May 2014 • 253 notes
Here’s a shout-out to Edgardo Antonio Vigo, subject of the current library show, from a mail art journal published in Buenos Aires from 1997-1999. “The artists invited in this first issue dedicate their works to coleague [sic] & friend EDGARDO A. VIGO.”
In mail art journals such as this one, artists were invited to contribute a work on paper, usually guided by size or theme. The editor would then compile the results and distribute them to a worldwide network of mail artists.
Vortex 3, n. 1, December, 1997. From the John Held Mail Art Periodicals Collection (holdings list). -jt
12:36 pm • 28 May 2014 • 90 notes
With sadness, we note that Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Glasgow School of Art was damaged by fire today. Art lovers worldwide mourn. -jt
Haus Eines Kunstfreundes (House for an Art Lover), 1902. Title page detail. Selected plates are currently on view in Designing Modern Women, 1890-1990.
2:44 pm • 23 May 2014 • 185 notes
The MoMA garden became a reading room today, courtesy of artist Carlito Carvalhosa’s work Rio (River). In it, participants literally pick up the thread of a text by Lygia Clark. Printed in Portugese and English on to a long strip of fabric, the text is spoken aloud as it passes through readers’ hands.
This outdoor scholarship is very much in the participatory spirit of Clark, whose career is celebrated in the exhibition Lygia Clark: The Abandonment of Art, 1948–1988.
There’s a re-read tomorrow and more to engage with in Breathe With Me, an interactive installation in the Education Building (a convenient stop on your way to the Library). -jt
4:55 pm • 20 May 2014 • 71 notes
Matali Crasset + Beach Libraries + Marseille = Social Design
Summer is just around the corner! Check out this article by Fatema Ahmed "Libraries Life vs Objects" in Icon 125 (Nov. 2013):58-65. -ls
11:57 am • 16 May 2014 • 116 notes
A raincoat poem for a grey and wet day in New York City from Frank O’Hara, poet and former curator at the Modern. Taken from issue #29 (1964) of The Floating Bear, edited by Diane Di Prima. -ds
9:57 am • 15 May 2014 • 354 notes