Receipt of Delivery is a weekly series featuring Bay Area exhibition mailers selected from the SFMOMA Research Library’s collection of artists’ ephemera.
Bernie Lubell and I were catching up the other day, talking about his recent work. I mentioned that I was interested in learning more about his 1980s-era exhibition cards. He clarified that those particular invitations for his sculpture shows in San Francisco were not just instruction-based, but could actually be assembled into paper mechanisms. These cards were the perfect format for an artist who was becoming known for his interactive wood machine installations. Since I can’t take a scissor to our archival copies, Bernie sent me the lovely video (posted above) of him demonstrating the intricacies and wordplay of these assembled announcements.