I am putting up a selection of the artists' postcards created especially for the collaborative project, A Book About Death, at the Queens Museum of Art as one of a trio of exhibitions celebrating the Day of the Dead. The exhibition opens on November 1st and runs through November 15. A reception will be held on November 1st from 3 to 6pm.
Selections from "A Book About Death" is an artists' collaborative project conceived by collage artist Matthew Rose for the Emily Harvey Foundation in New York City where the original exhibition took place from September 10 - 22, 2009. Over 500 artists contributed 500 postcards each created from artworks made especially to create an unbound book about death in homage to Ray Johnson (father of mail art), a celebration of Emily Harvey, and a global exploration of how we celebrate memory and death. The only requirement was to include the words "a book about death" somewhere on the card. Since then, the exhibition has traveled to the Otis College of Art and Design in LA, and to the Mobius Gallery in Boston, MA, as well as becoming part of the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the LA County Museum of Art Research Library.
The Queens Museum is presenting a selection of cards from the exhibition and are also asking the community, in an artist-led workshop, to create their own postcard about death and add it to the exhibition. Individual artists are being asked to
create a postcard (or cards) and mail them to the museum.
October 30th is the ideal date for receiving your submission though we will install any cards received after that date.
Any size 6 x 9" or under is best.
Any material can be used that can be easily installed on the wall.
The words A Book About Death should be included and can be on the back or front of the card.
They can be handmade or printed commercially.
To be included in this exhibition, make a postcard and send it to: L. Weinberg, Queens Museum of Art, New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, NY 11368.
Thanks and looking forward to seeing some great work.