Mapping the Archive Special Events
Saturdays in May at 3pm
Kimball Education Gallery at the de Young
May 10th - Ted Purves Reading Other Peoples Mail
May 17 - TOM MARIONI The Museum of Conceptual Art (MOCA) 1970-1984
May 24 - Megan and Rick Prelinger How a Library Became an Artists’ Workshop
May 31 - Jordan Stein Explodingtorium: Animating the Exploratorium Archive (and Related Concerns)
I’ve been working feverishly on Mapping the Archive for my fellowship at the de Young. The process of mapping the last 50 years of art practices and how they are being archived is exhilarating. This involves first and foremost identifying what is remarkable about the Bay Area. One thing that stands out is the ripe environment for post-studio practice and the myriad of social and political movements, education, journalism, and economic climate that have informed and fostered it.
I have been mapping this trajectory, volunteer archiving, and meeting regularly with cultural workers, artists, and archivists who have been adding rich content. I have witnessed extremes in archiving, from piles of smashed boxes to well-oiled machines of white gloves and acid-free paper. Discussions of analogue vs. digital consistently come up. I am learning about the subjectivity of value, which changes from individual to individual, institution to institution.
You are invited to participate in multiple ways, share and add to my findings, hear from my colleagues, dig into some archives, or just visit with me every Wednesday thru Sunday from 12-5 and Friday nights until 8:45, from May 7th - June 1st, in the Kimball Education Gallery at the de Young (Admission is FREE). This work-in-progress is a consciously collective process, that continues through the end of 2014. Keep an ear out for more events and developments, including a website designed by Portland’s Sean Schumacher.
YOU CAN PARTICIPATE:
Visit me in the gallery to discuss, add, subtract, or move components of the timeline
Dig into my Librarification archive of Bay Area (and beyond) art scene ephemera, collected over 25 years, as well as related books and articles
Lend or donate show cards & ephemera to the archive
Study guest archives lent to the project
Visit the Taxonomy Station, where you can create story and meaning through organization & appropriation
Post photos of your own archives on Instagram #mappingthearchive
Bring in an object to add to the San Francisco, May 2014 archive
Come to a Saturday Special Event
If you live out of town, feel free to send an email with your two cents about this practice/history
Hope to see you real soon.