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Alternative Traditions in Contemporary Arts
Artists' Works and Correpondence
Series III - 3-D Works

MsC 764

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Scope and Contents

Series III collocates three dimensional works by various artists within the ATCA collection.  Items are listed alphabetically first by artist, followed by a description of the work and date.  When an artist is unknown or unidentifiable, materials are listed according to title or description.  Please contact us ( if you are interested in learning more about a specific work.

Related Materials

ATCA Artists' Works and Correspondence (MsC 764) - Series I of this collection contains 2-D artists' works and correspondence; Series II contains gallery announcements; each series is listed in alpha order.

Series I -- A-E   F-M   N-Z

Series II -- Gallery Announcements

ATCA homepage - An overview of the ATCA collection with links to finding aids.

William Gaglione Papers (MsC 866) - Contains collection of materials pertaining to Gaglione including stamp art and mail art.

Box Contents List

Box 1

Anderson, Eric (?). *plastic boxes described below were manufactured in Denmark, which suggests that they could be works by Eric Anderson of Fluxus West.

Plastic box with two unmarked envelopes and instruction card. Instructions -- "write the same address in the same way on the two labels on the envelopes; instead of stamps, place the right amount in coins in the two circles in the same way on both envelopes; fasten the coins with tape in the same way on the two envelopes; put one envelope into the other and mail the letter; keep the instruction card."

Plastic box with used carbon ribbon and instructions -- "How to perform (1), read (2), exhibit (3), print (4), film (5) Eric Anderson's manuscript, no date.

Plastic box with small male and female figurines and note -- "Make a remark (i.e. explanation, analysis etc.) for object using abstracts from the object - for the reasonof documentation and communication - in a way relevant to the method", no date.

Plastic box filled with numbers (in abbreviated millions) printed on brown paper and taped to inside of case, no date.

Berner, Jeff. Cosmic Inventory Kit --fluxbox (#47) assembled to commemorate the opening of "In the Spirit of Fluxus", Walker Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN, 1993.

Chattering teeth, toy, no date.

Groh, Klaus. Blau/weiß/rot --wooden box with colored paperclips, cotton balls, and plastic stars, 1984.

Hendricks, Jeffrey; Sur Rodney Sur.  10th Anniversary Box -- compiled and performed for the memorial service of Al Hansen, 1995.

Het Thee en Taart Gezelschap, Daniel Libens (Belgium) and Jacob Schokking (Netherlands).  Intercontinental Peace Cigar, instructions and letter, 1979.

Hooks (?). "For those that come up short"-- black book with cut out interior filled with torn money, gift from Hooks to Buster Cleveland, no date.

Klein, Jim.  Stuffed glove, mailed to Buster Cleveland by Jim Klein, no date.

Box 2

Knowles, Alison.  Plastic canister with bean and note -- "empty out the bean; put cylinder to ear; hear the sea", no date.

Leiber, Steven. Small box containing Gerber rice cereal for baby and miscellaneous postcards with artwork and descriptions for various artists, 1993 (2 copies).

Martinez, Daniel. Obscene is? -- Plastic case with condoms, commissioned by the Peter Norton family to commemorate the AIDS commemorative day without art, December 1, 1990.

Mason, Seth.  Hair's to You, bag of hair mailed to William Gaglione by Seth Mason, 1994.

Plastic grid with accompanying black and white marbles, no date.

Popcorn container with miscellaneous items, no date.

Ringer, John (?). Large piece of metal (lead?), no date.

Scrap of wood with picture of pile of scraps of wood (presumably this scrap is one from the pile pictured), no date.

Surrealist Digest. Celestial Seasonings box containing small notebook with stamps, no date.

Tot, Endre. Zeropost -- special commemorative box published in conjunction with the exhibition "Endre Tot Commemorated", Stamp Art Gallery, San Francisco, 1995. Contents produced by Bill Gaglione, Diana Mars, Ted Pruves, rubberstamp manufactured by Stampfrancisco.

Zeropost commemorative stamps, one sheet.

Booklet, "Nothing left for art to say", words and thoughts be Endre Tot

1/2 dozen archive postcards, Archive Ed., SF

Zeropost rubberstamp