MUBE – Museu Brasileiro da Escultura is looking for submissions from artists throughout the world as a critical part and new chapter in the exhibition of the “A Book About Death” collaborative project. This exhibition at MUBE opens on February 6, 2010 and runs through February 28.
“A Book About Death” is a collaborative project conceived by american artist Matthew Rose for the Emily Harvey Foundation in New York City, where the original exhibition took place from September 10 – 22, 2009. Approximately 500 artists contributed 500 artworks in the form of post cards of varying sizes each created from works made especially to create an unbound book about death.
The exhibition paid special homage to Ray Johnson (1927-1995), a highly influential figure in contemporary American art, a formidable collage artist and long acknowledged as the “Father of Mail Art” with his creation of a network, The New York Correspondence School. The exhibition also paid homage and celebrated the life of Emily Harvey (1941-2004), the late art dealer who tirelessly promoted Fluxus artist and whose Foundation generously supported the project.
The exhibition opened with a packed house, and a line snaking up Broadway more than 500 people long waiting to get in the doors to make
their own book. Since then, the exhibition has traveled to the Otis College of Art and Design in LA, The River Mill Art Gallery in New Jersey, The Mobius Gallery in Boston, MA, The Queens Museum in Queens, NY, The Sexta Literary Arts Festival in Tijuana in Mexico, as well as smaller galleries and schools in Louisiana, Wisconsin and Long Island. Complete sets of “A Book About Death have entered into the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art (Library), and the LA County Museum of Art Research Library.
And the project, in its sprawling global reach explored how we celebrate memory and death. The only requirement to participate in the project was to include the words “A Book About Death” somewhere on the card. Ideal dimensions are 6″ x 4″ either horizontal or vertical orientation, but variations in size are permissible. We would like to ask all artists to be aware that we need to easily install works on the wall, so consider this aspect of the exhibition. They can be handmade or printed commercially. You can mail the card by itself or in an envelope.
We are also asking individual artists to submit works, either a single card or a group of cards for exhibition at MUBE. A deadline of January 30, 2010 has been set for reception of all submissions, although we will install any cards received after that date. Digital works are not accepted, sorry. To be included in this exhibition, make a postcard on the theme of death and send it to:
MUBE – Museu Brasileiro da Escultura
Avenida Europa, 218 – Jardim Europa
CEP 01449 000 – São Paulo – Brasil
Send a jpg image to: firstname.lastname@example.org
All works submitted to MUBE will become a part of the permanent collection of the Museum, and will not be returned.
Documentation online of all new works will be made over the course of the next few months.
Angela Ferrara (email@example.com)
Matthew Rose – Paris, France