27 Apr

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)

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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