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Networking Artists & Poets Exhibition

The University of Pennsylvania Library's Department of Special Collections
presents "Networking Artists & Poets: Assemblings from the Ruth & Marvin
Sackner Archive of Concrete & Visual Poetry." This exhibition is currently
on view from 17 April-27 June 1997 in the Rosenwald Gallery, located on the
sixth floor of the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library. The Rosenwald Gallery is open
to the public Monday through Friday from 9 AM-5 PM; a picture ID is
required for admittance to the library. Van Pelt-Dietrich Library is
located at 3420 Walnut Street (but its entrance is from Locust Walk, at the
statue of the broken button), Philadelphia PA 19104-6206. Parking is
available at 36th & Walnut Street.

Craig Saper, Exhibition Curator, states that, "in the second half of the
20th century, artists, writers, and printers started many alternative
distribution networks for their experimental art and literature. They
circumvented the gallery system with direct mailings and other innovative
ways to reach their audiences and collaborators." Assemblings are an
outgrowth of this desire. "Networking Artists & Poets" represents one of
the largest exhbitions to date featuring this unique material. Assemblings
featured in this exhibition include works by prominent mail artists, Dada
and Fluxus artists, concrete and visual poets, and more.

The Library has produced a 34-page full-color exhibition catalogue for this
exhibition, currently available for $10.00 per copy (check only; we cannot
accept credit cards.) To order a catalogue, or if you want more information
about the exhibit, contact me by phone, mail, or e-mail (numbers, etc., are
listed below).

A few copies of the illustrated catalogue based on Penn's 1993 exhibition
also drawn from the Sackner Archive, "Human Documents: Tom Phillips's Art
of the Page," also remain available from the same address. (They also cost


Greg Bear

Greg Bear
Exhibit/Graphic Designer
Department of Special Collections
University of Pennsylvania Library
215.573.9079 fax

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