November 13, 2017 - Pérez Art Museum Miami - From the truer world of the other: Typewriter Art from PAMM’s Collection
November 13, 2017

Pérez Art Museum Miami

Jeremy Adler, Blue Whirl, 1974. Collection of Pérez Art Museum Miami, acquired from the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Photo: Sid Hoeltzell.

From the truer world of the other: Typewriter Art from PAMM’s Collection
November 17, 2017–April 15, 2018

Art talk: Marvin Sackner in conversation with Jennifer Inacio and René Morales: November 16, 7pm

Pérez Art Museum Miami
1103 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, Florida 33132
USA

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This exhibition presents a focused selection of objects drawn from a cache of more than 400 works that PAMM recently acquired from the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry—a world-renowned, Miami-based private collection that centers on the merger of word and image. Featuring works by 21 individuals—including Carl Andre, Henri Chopin, Dom Sylvester Houédard, d. a. levy, Françoise Mairey, and Thomas Merton—the exhibition explores how artists and poets have transformed the typewriter, a machine associated with mundane office work, into an instrument capable of generating dazzling optical effects and poignant poetic expressions. Harnessing the typewriter’s inherent precision while defying its physical limitations, the works on view display a wide array of visual and conceptual approaches, from experiments with figuration to novel forms of geometric abstraction. While several works in the exhibition employ grids, mathematical patterns, and other rational systems, many also revolve around mystical, pseudo-spiritual subject matter.

PAMM’s acquisition from the Sackner Archive consists of a combined gift and purchase made possible by the generosity of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Ruth and Marvin A. Sackner, and the Sackner Family Partnership. The entire acquisition encompasses a broad range of language-based genres and subcategories, from mail art, performance poetry, artist books, and experimental calligraphy to rare publications by artists associated with Dada, Surrealism, Futurism, and other important early 20th-century movements.

From the truer world of the other: Typewriter Art from PAMM’s Collection is organized by PAMM Curator René Morales and PAMM Assistant Curator Jennifer Inacio. This exhibition is supported by TRA Publishing.

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