Saturday, February 16, 2019

Pushing the Envelope: Mail Art

10:00am - 5:00pm
Location: UK Art Museum
Address: 405 Rose St, Lexington, KY 40508
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In the 1960s, artists from around the world began looking to the postal system as an alternative means of producing, distributing, and receiving art. Mail art became an artistic practice engaging an international network of participants. With letters, postcards, and packages—as well as material that tested the limits of what could be posted—mail artists circumvented museums and commercial galleries, creatively sidestepping the art market and often eluding government censors. Examining how it has worked across divergent cultural circumstances—from McCarthy-era America, to Soviet Poland, to Chile under the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet—this exhibition engages issues of circulation, collaboration, and community in and among specific national contexts during the second half of the twentieth century. Pushing the Envelope is drawn from collections of the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art and was curated by Miriam Kienle, a University of Kentucky assistant professor of art history, in conjunction with students in her special topics seminar on the international mail art movement. Hours of Operation: Tues. - Thu.: 10am to 5 pm Fri.: 10am to 8 pm Sat. - Sun.: noon to 5pm Closed Mondays & University Holidays.


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