SEPTEMBER 14, 2019
I AM SO VERY PLEASED to announce the list of prestigious institutions that are taking our show into their permanent collections (it keeps growing!):
The Musee de la Poste in Paris, France
The MoMA NY
ARTPOOL, Budapest, Hungary
The Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY
The Fluxus West Archive, St. Louis, MO
Through the efforts of Chuck Welch:
The Archives of American Art at the SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION, Washington DC
The Alternative Traditions in Contemporary Arts Archive of the University of Iowa
The Waskomium, Burlington, VT
Through the efforts of Ania Gilmore:
The Book Art Museum, Lodz, Poland
Through the efforts of Wolfgang Faller:
Museum fur Kommunikation, Berlin, Germany
Museum Schloss Moyland, Bedburg-Hau, Germany
Museum fur Kommunikation, Bern, Switzerland
There has been interest from the Moscow Museum in Russia and the Karuizawa New Art Museum in Japan.
The show will be exhibited at Dame Mailarta's Mailmania show in Canada, Fall 2020.
THE OPENING RECEPTION/ September 14, 2019
The opening reception featured amazing performances by Louise Millmann, Nadine Bouler, Mark Bloch, Mary Campbell, Canadian Wonderwoman Betty Esperanza, NY poet Steve Dalachinsky, Queens poet Antonia Palazzo, Chuck Welch, aka the Crackerjack Kid, and Key Makeup Designer Lilah Quinn.
It also included music from the Long Island Baroque Ensemble and a performance by professional ballroom dancers Phyllis Ozarin and Joel Rodriguez. Visitors enjoyed a Last Waltz in the restored Gold Coast ballroom.
Over 250 people attended opening night festivities!
ABAD artists Michael Chan and Terrence Fogarty, The Flying Belgian Brewery in Oceanside, NY, and Country Village Florist, East Islip, NY, donated to the reception.
The Islip Art Museum, at the request of ABADer Bibiana Maltos, will offer to pack a box of the show and send it to participating artists if they so desire. The cost will be $20 plus shipping to your location. Please contact the museum at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 631 224-5420. This will be done after the opening and only while supplies last.
THE ISLIP ART MUSEUM has 3 galleries – Gallery One displays the original 2009 show along with Ray Johnson's original A Book About Death and portraits of Ray by Michael E. Ach. There is also an audio recording of Ray being interviewed on WCWP radio (LIU, Brookville, NY) in 1984. Listen as he confounds the host.
Gallery Two houses the new 2019 show accompanied by the screening of a special ABAD 10th Anniversary performance piece sent to us from AnnMarie Tornabene (currently residing in France), and a video especially made for this show from Karen Aleykan (from Armenia). Two additional videos are featured by Maggie Nightingale, UK, and Barbara Lubliner, USA.
Gallery Three contains A ROOM FULL OF NEVER BEFORE SEEN RAY JOHNSON ART FROM THE PRIVATE COLLECTION OF MARK BLOCH!
SEE THE HISTORY
The main hall provides a living history of the ABAD Project and includes information about the life and work of Ray Johnson, along side the story of Matthew Rose’s original show and its iterations all over the world. An eleven and a half foot timeline traces all 29 shows, their curators and includes curators' notes.
FOR THE FIRST TIME, ABAD MAIL ARTISTS WILL GET MAIL ART BACK!
There is a Mail Art Guestbook Station where visitors are asked to comment on specially designed commemorative postcards. The Museum will mail one to every contributing artist after the show. (See below for the special ABAD artists commemorative card.)
THE MAIL ART GUEST BOOK COMMEMORATIVE CARD: