July 19, 2012

Receipt of Delivery: Site

Receipt of Delivery is a weekly series featuring Bay Area exhibition mailers selected from the SFMOMA Research Library’s collection of artists’ ephemera.

Sound at Site exhibition poster, 1977; 18 1/2 in. x 14 in. (46.99 cm x 35.56 cm)

Dorothy Reid (1945–2004) exhibition poster, 1977; 12 in. x 8 3/4 in. (30.48 cm x 22.23 cm)

Terry Fox (1943–2008) exhibition postcard (verso), Metaphors for Falling, March 13–April 11, 1976; March 6, 8 p.m.; The labyrinth scored for the purrs of 11 different cats ; 4 in. x 6 in. (10.16 cm x 15.24 cm). See Fox’s A Metaphor (1976) in SFMOMA’s collection.

Alan Scarritt (b. 1945) exhibition postcard, 1977; 4 in. x 5 1/2 in. (10.16 cm x 13.97 cm)

1976 Site announcement poster (detail); 14 in. x 21 in. (35.56 cm x 53.34 cm). Text: “Site: A non-profit space for work by artists. Open to the public Tues–Sat 11–5 beginning April 6, 1976. Initial projects will include work by the following artists: John Adams, Steve Dane, Nita Little, Loren Madsen, Judith Miller, Steve Paxton, Mike Roddy, Alan Scarritt, John Sturgeon, Reese Williams, Elyn Zimmerman. Site, 585 Mission St. San Francisco, CA. 94105. Tel : (415) 543-6994”

Marilyn Bogerd, Mike Roddy, and Alan B. Scarritt established Site (later Site, Cite, Sight, Inc.) in San Francisco “to support artists without regard to its commercial potential” (brochure). During the initial years the founders curated 32 single-artist shows and held two group shows. The process evolved into an “artists choosing artists” series in which those artists were asked to select an artist from the submitted proposals for a solo or thematic show. The artist-run space also housed studios and a resource center featuring national and international publications, artist’s books, and periodicals.

Today’s post is drawn from a much larger collection of announcements for shows at Site’s loft space at 585 Mission St. (1976–82). These are filed under Site or dispersed amongst the artist files.

Comments (2)

  • Looks like it was a fantastic show. Thanks for memorializing it, because it was an important space. I worked there as an gallery intern as a SFAI student, with Director Judith Scott. Lots of great times and fantastic historic SF Art Memories. Drinking beer as art. Those were the effing days, ha !

  • twiceastammy says:

    nice series! i love that terry fox’s exhibition card was post marked on ‘save your vision’ week. 🙂

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