Dear Lynda… uncovers Lynda Morris’ ongoing contributions to contemporary art since the 1960s as curator, writer, art historian, and patron. The exhibition – September 21 to November 16, 2013, Eastside Projects, Birmingham – presents her encounters and close collaborations with a remarkable group of artists of our time through artworks, publications, posters, invitation cards, and correspondence taken from her personal archive and collection. The roster of collaborators and accomplices includes Gilbert & George, Konrad Fischer, Joseph Beuys, Gerhard Richter, Richard Hamilton, John Baldessari, Art & Language, Marcel Broodthaers, Andre Cadere, David Lamelas, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Jeff Wall, Gustav Metzger, Jeremy Deller, and Lucy McKenzie. This body of material reflects the social, political, and cultural context of Morris’ activities concerned with issues of perception, conceptual art, and resistance in art and politics.
In relation to the exhibition, Extra Special People has invited artist and archivist Karen Di Franco – September 21, 11am, part of Archive This, An Afternoon Symposium – to lead a practical toolkit session on working with archives. Archives can take many forms and scales: some are formed of digital files, some of physical objects; some hold internationally significant information while some house nonsensical fragments. They can speak of personal relationships and institutional processes, of historic moments and current trends.
In this informal event Karen will give tips for best practice when working with physical and digital archives and will share some of her experiences of developing exhibitions and publications from various collections and archives.