transmitting photographs from mail art to social networks
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
March 30–August 4, 2019
The exhibition snap+share gives visitors a new way to visualize — and experience — how photographs have become so ubiquitous in our daily lives. Whether through early examples of 1960s and ’70s mail art, physical piles of pictures uploaded to the Internet over a 24-hour period, or a working refrigerator that allows participatory meme-making, visitors can trace the evolution of sharing photographs.
Spanning the history of mail art to social networks, the show presents a variety of artists working in various media, from framed paper-based art to immersive installations. Some of these artists include On Kawara (picture), Ray Johnson, Moyra Davey, Joseph Beuys, Corinne Vionnet, Endre Tót and David Horvitz. Exploring how networks are created through the act of sending images out into the world, this exhibition reveals just how those networks have changed in the age of the Internet.
Pushing the Envelope: Mail Art from the Archives of American Art