Organized by Champe Smith, Independent Curator and Artist
On Friday, April 11, Center for Book Arts held an opening reception for its new exhibition, Mapping Correspondence: Mail Art in the 21st Century.
This exhibition catalog includes artists who submitted work via the postal service, creating a network of communication that reflects the complex and varied meaning of the book, mapping, and social networking in the 21st century. Mail art is a democratic genre outside of the traditional system of art consumption through commercial galleries. In addition to the contemporary work, the exhibition features work by some of most influential artists and collaboratives of the movement, including Ray Johnson, Buster Cleveland, Dick Higgins, General Idea and vintage Anna Banana. Historical work is on loan from various sources, including Scott McCarney, Barbara Moore, Gordon Simpson, Marilyn R. Rosenberg, Franklin Furnace Archive, the Davi Det Hompson Archive at Virginia Commonwealth University, and Center for Book Arts’ own collection.