Current Exhibition: a guest + a host = a ghost
SMS time capsule 1968


SMS Time Capsule 1968

Through June 22, 2014
Wimberly Library Main Lobby and Jaffe Center for Book Arts

Opening a Pandora's box can get us more than we bargained for, and the same can be said of SMS, the set of six boxed periodicals created by artists during the course of the politically and socially turbulent year of 1968.

SMS was launched that year by artist William Copley. Influenced by surrealist and fluxus concepts, Copley sought to bridge the gap between art and life while also circumventing a convoluted and stagnant gallery system by providing art directly to subscribers through the mail. SMS embraced all sorts of art and artists, some whose names you'll recognize and others you've likely never heard of. "Like an astronomer's time-lapse photograph," wrote Carter Ratcliff in 1988, "SMS caught many bright and familiar stars. It also registered the presence of the most elusive comets." Marcel Duchamp was one of these bright and familiar stars (and his contribution to SMS provides our exhibition title). You'll also see work in this collection from Roy Lichtenstein, Man Ray, Christo, Claes Oldenburg, Dick Higgins, Yoko Ono, and composers Terry Riley and John Cage.

The experimental periodical lasted for just one year. “I find everything interesting the first time I do it,” Copley once said, and this may have had something to do with the brief run of SMS. The six issues that were created, however, are a fascinating arts time capsule of 1968.

FAU Libaries and the Jaffe Center for Book Arts are grateful to Ms. Daphne Farago, a long-time supporter of JCBA, for her gift of this collection. Thanks to Ms. Farago, the complete SMS run is now part of JCBA’s permanent collection. The exhibition runs through June 22, 2014. After that date, SMS is available for research at the Jaffe Center for Book Arts, by appointment.

Click on the link to experience SMS online, http://williamncopley.com/s-m-s-

Most of this exhibition is accessible in the public areas of the Wimberly Library. Regular library hours are Monday to Thursday 8 AM to midnight, Friday 8 AM to 6 PM, Saturday noon to 6 PM, and Sunday, noon to midnight. The library will be closed for Memorial Day, May 26, with reduced hours once the spring semester ends on May 2.

A small portion of the exhibition is installed inside the Jaffe Center for Book Arts and may be viewed Monday to Friday, 10 AM to 4 PM, during open hours of the Wimberly Library.

From I-95 or the Florida Turnpike, exit Glades Road, east. The FAU campus is located just east of I-95 on the north side of Glades Road. If you enter the campus at FAU's main entrance (the one furthest west on Glades Road... and the first one you get to approaching from I-95 or the turnpike), you will enter on West University Drive (formerly Broward Avenue). Continue straight on West University Drive to the traffic light at its intersection with Volusia Street. Turn right onto Volusia Street. You will see a parking garage on Volusia Street, and the Wimberly Library is the next building east of the parking garage.

Visitor parking is available in the library parking lot. The metered system accepts cash and credit cards at the rate of $1 per hour.


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