Charity Coleman, the San Francisco-based poet, produced this innovative and wry volume for her thesis project at Mills College. The work, an ambitious re-envisioning of the famed Art by Telephone exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago (curated by Jan van der Marck) is most fascinating in those moments Charity–hard of hearing but not of listening–strays from the recognizable sounds, exploiting and enhancing the divergences and spaces between the original intents, conversations, record object, mp3 reproduction and (through formatting and recontextualization) this volume. The exhibition, which featured such notables as John Baldessari, John Giorno, Hans Haacke, Joseph Kosuth, Sol LeWItt, Bruce Nauman, Dick Higgins, Robert Morris, Richard Serra, Robert Smithson, Claes Oldenburg and (no joke) many more fantastic, canonical artists was a very early exercise in grand, conceptual curation. Artists called in descriptions of the pieces they were envisioning for the show and, through brief but revealing conversations, their intentions–and the exhibition–were realized.
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