EXPERIMENTS IN ELECTROSTATICS: PHOTOCOPY ART FROM THE WHITNEY'S COLLECTION 1966-1986

November 17th 2017 - March 25th 2018

99 Gansevoort Street, New York, NY 10014

Experiments in Electrostatics: Photocopy Art from the Whitney’s Collection, 1966–1986 explores the use of the photocopier as a creative tool, from its public emergence in the 1960s to the dawn of the digital era in the 1980s. Despite the machine’s intended function to reproduce office documents, artists inventively utilized it as a camera and printing press to create original fine art prints. Focusing on three artists and one collective—Edward Meneeley, Lesley Schiff, Barbara T. Smith, and the International Society of Copier Artists—this exhibition investigates how artists found self-expression through a machine designed for replication.

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