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Eileen Boxer for Ubu Gallery
Steven Heller Collection Box 29 Folder 2. Ubu Gallery announcement designed by Eileen Boxer for Joseph Beuys exhibition, 1995. (Larger Version)
April 27, 2014

Eileen Boxer for Ubu Gallery

By: bethkleber

From the treasure trove grab bag that is the Steven Heller Collection come these exhibition announcements designed by Eileen Boxer for Ubu Gallery. The announcements are a study in distillation; each one is a piece of mailable art that requires the lucky recipient take action beyond opening the envelope: assemble a box, remove a perforated figure, tear open a plastic enclosure to reveal “sexually explicit material” inside. It was nearly impossible to pick just a few to share here; seven are below, the Heller Collection contains twenty-four total. The Musée d’Elysée in Lausanne exhibited Boxer’s announcements in 1998.

A photo of a clear Plastic bag with black text, "Yoko ono Drawings from franklin Summer and blood objects from a family album" ; a luggage tag and a gold key dipped in red paint that looks likes blood are visible inside

 
Steven Heller Collection Box 28 Folder 27. Ubu Gallery announcement designed by Eileen Boxer for Yoko Ono exhibition, 1995.

When Boxer asked Ono to suggest an object to incorporate into the mailer, Ono asked for a key, which Boxer dipped in cadmium red paint and enclosed in a ziploc bag.

A photo of a black plastic sheet with white text for an event. A thin red strip is taped across the middle diagonally, it has bold text " Discretion Advised Sexually explicit material enclosed"

 
Steven Heller Collection Box 29 Folder 2. Ubu Gallery announcement designed by Eileen Boxer for Jindrich Styrsky exhibition, 1997.

A photo of Black silk stocking wrapped around card; P. Molinier and ubu are written on top in gold

 
Steven Heller Collection Box 29 Folder 1. Ubu Gallery announcement designed by Eileen Boxer for Pierre Molinier exhibition, 1996.

The announcement for an exhibition of the work of French performance artist Pierre Molinier was wrapped in a black silk stocking, referencing the artist’s fetish objects.

Vertical black and white photo of a female mannequin with a cage on her head, flanked by two pink borders with black and white text.

 
Steven Heller Collection Box 29 Folder 1. Ubu Gallery announcement designed by Eileen Boxer for exhibition about the 1938 Exposition Internationale du Surréalisme, 1995.

A poster. Black text against white, including random alphabet characters and numbers. In the middle of of the alphabet is the name of the event, time, and location information in the same font and size as the alphabet and characters, Making it a bit difficult to spot it.

 
Steven Heller Collection Box 28 Folder 27. Ubu Gallery announcement designed by Eileen Boxer for George Maciunas exhibition, 1996.

A photo of Unfolded brown box with block black text. The text is information o an event titled "The box" in big bolded letter, followed by information of the event.

 
Steven Heller Collection Box 28 Folder 27. Ubu Gallery announcement designed by Eileen Boxer for exhibition, The Box, 1990s.