Eva and Franco Mattes, Ceiling Cat, 2016; courtesy the artists; © Eva and Franco Mattes

Exhibition

snap+share

transmitting photographs from mail art to social networks

March 30–August 4, 2019

Floor 3

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 made up of those 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.

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, Katie Hall and Tom Knutsen, Melinda and Kevin P.B. Johnson, Nion McEvoy, Wes and Kate Mitchell, and Diana and Steve Strandberg.

Entry to this exhibition is included with general admission.

Header image:

Eva and Franco Mattes, Ceiling Cat, 2016; courtesy the artists; © Eva and Franco Mattes

Exhibition Preview

  • a cat peering through a rectangular cutout of a wall or ceiling

    Eva and Franco Mattes, Ceiling Cat, 2016; courtesy the artists; © Eva and Franco Mattes

  • black and white photo with me written in blue ink

    Unknown, Me, ca. 1910–60; collection of Peter J. Cohen

  • photograph with florescent lights reflected in blue hue

    Thomas Bachler, Untitled, from the series Reiseerinnerungen (Souvenirs), 1985; courtesy the artist; © Thomas Bachler

  • photograph of a baby in heart print clothing and blanket

    Philippe Kahn, Sophie Lee Kahn birth picture, First Camera-Phone (Cellphone-Camera) photo shared/sent instantly with/to 2,000 People, June 11th, 1997, 1997; courtesy The Lee-Kahn Foundation; © Philippe Kahn

  • photograph of golden gate bridge with multiple overlays and blurred

    Corinne Vionnet, San Francisco, 2006, from the series Photo Opportunities, 2005–14; courtesy Danziger Gallery; © Corinne Vionnet

  • a man sticking his head in a refridgerator

    David Horvitz, 241543903, 2009–ongoing; courtesy ChertLüdde; © David Horvitz

  • an image composed of several postcards

    On Kawara, I Got Up..., 1975; Shimshak Collection; © Estate of On Kawara

  • a room filled with photographs piled high

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