Since its beginnings, the MoMA Library has housed several collections of
artists’ files and subject files, which contain assorted printed
ephemera like announcement cards, press clippings, posters, and flyers.
These materials illustrate an elaborate range of artistic activities
and can contain unique elements from an artist’s practice. This
two-part exhibition gathers a sample of innovative printed
invitations, small posters, and flyers from the early 1960s to the
present. The selection traces ways in which artists, designers, and
galleries have used invitation cards and other printed announcements
as a part of the staging of conceptual works, installations,
performances, and other time-based events and screenings. This diverse
grouping of ephemera explores the various, surprising ways that we
have been invited to experience art.
Organized by David Senior, Bibliographer, MoMA Library.