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Department of the newly uncovered
SVA Collection RG 15: Exhibitions, 1966
August 24, 2013

Department of the newly uncovered

We just uncovered a long-lost poster for the seminal conceptual art exhibit, Working drawings and other visible things on paper not necessarily meant to be viewed as art (Visual Arts Gallery, December 2 – December 23, 1966). Initially asked by gallery director Shirley Glaser to organize a Christmas show of drawings, Mel Bochner collected notes, sketches, and diagrams from artist friends (as well as mathematicians, biologists, choreographers, and engineers). He ultimately photocopied the working drawings (using SVA’s brand new Xerox machine), placed them into four identical binders, and mounted them on pedestals in the gallery.

Black and white photo of a man standing in an art gallery; there are 4 binders mounted on pedestals


The SVA Archives has what appears to be one of the original binders.

Color photograph of a black binder on a table


The show’s participants were: Carl Andre, A. Babakhanian, Jo Baer, Mel Bochner, John Cage, M. Carsiodes, Tom Clancy, Dan Flavin, Jim Freed, Milton Glaser, Dan Graham, Eva Hesse, Alfred Jensen, Don Judd, Michael Kirby, William Kolakoski, Robert Lepper, Sol LeWitt, Robert Mangold, Robert Moskovitz, Tom Russell, Scientific American, Robert Smithson, Kenneth Snelson, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Tippetts-Abbett-McCarthy-Stratton (Engineers and Architects), and Xerox.

The binders were reprinted in 1997 by Buchhandlung Walther König for Cabinet des estampes du Musée d’art et d’histoire in Geneva. The poster was designed by Milton Glaser and will be a part of the upcoming exhibition, Milton Glaser’s SVA: A Legacy of Graphic Design.