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Guild Hall
Phone
631-324-0806
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Location

Guild Hall, 158 Main Street, East Hampton, NY

Date

Dec 02 2018

Time

12:30 pm

Cost

Free

Age

All

Gallery Talk with Jess Frost – Please Send To: Ray Johnson

Gallery Talk with Jess Frost – Please Send To: Ray Johnson

The exhibition, Please Send To: Ray Johnson, will feature over 30 works by the artist from Guild Hall’s Permanent Collection. The majority of these works are classified Mail Art, a movement defined by Johnson’s New York Correspondence School in the 1950’s. The school was a network of artists to whom Johnson sent drawings, poems and collages in the post, instructing them to perform an action related to the work, such as forwarding materials on to another member.

The works selected by Associate Curator of Guild Hall’s Permanent Collection, Jess Frost, feature personal notes, doodles, rubber stamped “moticos” and collage. They offer a rare glimpse into the mind of an artist embedded in the art world while Pop Art was in its embryonic stages.

Almost any article you read about the artist quotes Grace Glueck of the New York Times calling Johnson “New York’s most famous unknown artist.” Johnson remained relatively obscure until his death in January of 1995. At the age of 67, he dove off the Sag Harbor Bridge and was last seen backstroking out to sea. His home in Locust Valley contained hundreds of carefully arranged collages, and has been since the subject of major museum exhibitions, including Ray Johnson: Correspondences at the Whitney Museum in 1999.

Museum Hours: Fri, Sat and Mon 11am–5pm and Sun 12–5pm. Guild Hall, 158 Main Street, East Hampton, New York 11937, 631-324-0806, GuildHall.org

FREE MUSEUM ADMISSION GENEROUSLY FUNDED BY BRIDGEHAMPTON NATIONAL BANK AND LANDSCAPE DETAILS.

RSVP: https://give.guildhall.org/frostonjohnson

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