Subseries - Original mail art network

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Original mail art network

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  • 1964-1991, predominantly 1971 to 1991 (Creation)

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4.65 meters of textual records and other materials

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(24 February 1940 – Present)

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Subseries contains mail art and correspondence received and created by Banana through the 1970s, 80s, and early 90s. This period is marked by her engagement with the early Mail Art Network, including prominent artists and networkers such as her then partner Bill Gaglione (later Picasso, also known as Dadaland), Ray Johnson, Guglielmo Cavellini, Buster Cleveland, Irene Dogmatic, Pat Travenner, Art Rat (aka Gary Lee-Nova), Judy Hoffberg, General Idea, Dick Higgens and others.

Items in this subseries are predominantly letters and envelopes, often decorated, but also include photographs, drawings, xerox art, found objects and small sculptural items, collage, and other visual mediums, often integrated into the letters and envelopes.

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Subseries reflects Banana’s original arrangement, with files arranged alphabetically, separating mail from significant correspondents into their own files. Within each alphabetical section, files are arranged chronologically.

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Includes: 358 Photographs: colour and black and white prints, colour slide film
1 empty wheel of brie cheese
1 tampon in plastic container
2 cotton swaps
1 magnifying glass

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