From analog to digital, from mail to meme
Exhibition

snap+share

transmitting photographs from mail art to social networks

March 30–August 4, 2019

Floor 3

Member Previews

Member Preview Days are Thursday, March 28, 2019, 10 a.m.–9 p.m. (Lounge: 5 p.m.–9 p.m.), Friday, March 29, 2019, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., and Saturday, March 30, 2019, 10 a.m.–noon.

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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, Ray Johnson, Moyra Davey, Erik Kessels, Corinne Vionnet, 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.


Exhibition Preview

Eva and Franco Mattes, Ceiling Cat, 2016; courtesy Postmasters Gallery, New York, and Team Gallery, Los Angeles; © Eva and Franco Mattes

Unknown, Untitled, ca. 1920–60; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, gift of Peter J. Cohen

Thomas Bachler, Untitled, from the series Reiseerinnerungen (Souvenirs), 1985; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Accessions Committee Fund purchase; © Thomas Bachler

Philippe Kahn, Sophie Lee Kahn birth picture, first photograph shared instantly through a digital camera, cellphone, and server with 2,000 people, June 11th, 1997, 1997; courtesy The Lee-Kahn Foundation; © Philippe Kahn

Corinne Vionnet, San Francisco, 2006, from the series Photo Opportunities, 2005–14; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, John Caldwell, Curator of Painting and Sculpture (1989–93), Fund for Contemporary Art purchase; © Corinne Vionnet

David Horvitz, 241543903, 2009–ongoing; courtesy the artist and ChertLüdde, Berlin; © David Horvitz

On Kawara, I Got Up…, 1975; Robert Harshorn Shimshak & Marion Brenner; © One Million Years Foundation, courtesy One Million Years Foundation and David Zwirner

Erik Kessels, 24HRS in Photos, 2011; courtesy the artist; © Erik Kessels


Featured Artists

  • Thomas Bachler
  • Aram Bartholl
  • Joseph Beuys
  • Moyra Davey
  • Jan Dibbets
  • Walker Evans
  • Jeff Guess
  • Lynn Hershman Leeson
  • Kate Hollenbach
  • David Horvitz
  • Ray Johnson
  • On Kawara
  • Erik Kessels
  • William Larson
  • Eva and Franco Mattes
  • Peter Miller
  • Ken Ohara
  • Stephen Shore
  • Endre Tót
  • Corinne Vionnet

Major support for snap+share: transmitting photographs from mail art to social networks is provided by Randi and Bob Fisher.

Generous support is provided by The Black Dog Private Foundation, Katherine Harbin Clammer and Adam Clammer, Katie Hall and Tom Knutsen, Melinda and Kevin P.B. Johnson, Nion McEvoy and Leslie Berriman, Wes and Kate Mitchell, and Diana and Steve Strandberg.

Header image: Eva and Franco Mattes, Ceiling Cat, 2016; courtesy Postmasters Gallery, New York, and Team Gallery, Los Angeles; © Eva and Franco Mattes

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