past Exhibition

    Man Ray, Mona Lisa’s Father, 1968, from SMS, Issue 3. Offset lithograph, 10.75 x 6.75 inches. Collection of SMoCA; purchased with funds provided by David and Sara Lieberman. © Man Ray Trust/Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY/ADAGP, Paris 2015. Photo: Dana Buhl. Reproduction, including downloading of Man Ray works is prohibited by copyright laws and international conventions without the express written permission of Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

    SMS, Issue 1, 1968. Offset lithographs, dimensions variable. Collection of SMoCA; purchased with funds provided by David and Sara Lieberman. Photo: Dana Buhl

    Marcel Duchamp, Esquivons Les Ecchymoses Des Esquimaux Aux Mots Exquis, 1968, from SMS, Issue 2. 45-rpm vinyl record with collage additions affixed to paper folder, 11 x 14 3/8 inches. Collection of SMoCA; purchased with funds provided by David and Sara Lieberman. © Succession Marcel Duchamp/ADAGP, Paris/Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY 2015. Photo: Dana Buhl. Reproduction, including downloading of Man Ray works is prohibited by copyright laws and international conventions without the express written permission of Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Collective Dissent: The SMS Portfolios


May 16 – Sep 13, 2015

Description

In 1968, artist William Copley launched a utopian project that he titled slyly, but emphatically, SMS—an acronym for “Shit Must Stop.” Intended to sidestep the hierarchical system of museums and galleries, SMS offered collectors a bi-monthly portfolio of artwork by subscription. Every two months, for the annual price of $125, subscribers to this experimental publication received a small custom-designed case filled with artworks by such iconic 20th-century artists as Christo, Marcel Duchamp, Roy Lichtenstein, and Yoko Ono.

Organized by the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
Sponsored by Morrell & Associates