S.M.S. The Letter Edged in Black Press


In 1968, Surrealist artist William Copley created S.M.S. (Shit Must Stop) by asking 73 artists, including Marcel Duchamp, Roy Lichtenstein, Joseph Kosuth, and Ray Johnson, among others, to contribute works to be reproduced in six portfolios, and published by the Letter Edged Black Press. S.M.S. embodies artists’ desires for freedom from galleries, critics, and curators and to dissolve boundaries between types of art. All six of the portfolios are on display together for the first time at the MCA.

The exhibition is curated by Curatorial Coordinator, Tricia Van Eck.


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