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Ray Johnson Mail Art
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box-folder 1:1-2

Correspondence 1993-1994 n.d.

Physical Description: 10 letters

2 folders

Scope and Content Note

This collection includes one letter written to Lou Harrison and nine letters to Rita Bottoms, Special Collections Librarian
Box-folder 1:1

"Dear Lou, Thank You for "Joys and Perplexities." Ray J" 1994

Scope and Content Note

Note:"Lou gave this back to me after reading it for his archive" - Handwritten note on bottom left corner
Box-folder 1:2

"Please send to Rita Bottoms - Ray Johnson, 44 West 7 Street, Locust Valley, New York 11560" n.d.

Box-folder 1:2

"Rabbit Ray Johnson New York Notes on a letter head David Bourdon" [photocopied article] n.d.

Scope and Content Note

"Rita - I painted Calm Center when I lived across the Hall from John Cage = When he was writing the Music of Changes. The Painting was my Mandala." [holograph note on bottom of page]
Box-folder 1:2

"July 8, 1993, Rita Bottoms, My friends Phyllis Stigliano and Janice Parente are working for Nink Niki de Saint Phalle, 49 Rue Boissonade, Paris 75014" 1993

Note

[fragment of page]
Box-folder 1:2

Postcard to: Rita Bottoms Special Collections; From: FaGaGaGa box 1382 Youngs town ohio 44501 usa 1994

Scope and Content Note

"May 16, 1994, message left on our answering machine by Ray Johnson: 'Woof, woof, woof' "
Box-folder 1:2

Postcard to: Rita Bottoms, Special Collections - "Rita, Wishing you a happy Ray B-Day." Stamp: October 16 Happy Birthday Ray Johnson 1993

Scope and Content Note

[color photocopy of Ray Johnson & FaGaGaGa - Nothing]
Box-folder 1:2

1 white sales bag, 6" x 9.75" The University of Michigan Museum of Art, printed on front - Containing: 1 blank postcard of Mount Hood from the Dales by John Mix Stanley; 1 note: "9.25.93 Rita, I'm going to Europe for three weeks. Please send me M. Patchen's mailing address" Sept. 25, 1993

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"The Locust Valleyer - 7.7.93 Rita Bottoms, Today is Shelley Duvall's Birthday. It Really was nice to talk with you today. Maybe you are someone who 'could work' with me?? Since I seem to be impossible to work with. Ray J." July 7, 1993

Box-folder 1:2

"Rita, Soon it will be show time again (on other side of this page) is by Kenneth Patchen. Maybe that could be our theme sone for Ohio song soon " October 7, 1993

Box-folder 1:2

[Side 1] "Pop Art 1958, Bill Wilson, 166 Park St, New Haven, Connecticut"

[Side 2] New York Corraspondence school How to Draw a Tender Button - "Rita - Bill Wilson has fifty just framed Ray Johnsons all ready to go off to a museum exhibition. = He said today "
n.d.

box-folder 1:3

Mail Art ca. 1990-1994

Physical Description: 1 folder 24 items

Scope and Content Note

This series includes twenty four samples of Johnson's mail art.
Box-folder 1:3

[Side 1]"Shelley Duval Fan Club; Rain-Rein or Shine, 2nd New York Correspondence School "

[Side 2] "IDA FINE SELTZER, JOHNSONS"
n.d.

Box-folder 1:3

[Side 1] "VOICE CENTERFOLD A Valentine for Shelley Duval "This declaration of valentine love is the latest work of Ray Johnson, founder of the School of Correspondence Art "

[Side 2] "The New York Abstract Expressionist Correspondence School"
ca. 1990-1994

Box-folder 1:3

[Side 1]"Cezanne's Bicycle Seat. Please add to & return to Ray Johnson "

[Side 2] "Ray Johnson. Please send to Jackson Pollock"
n.d.

Box-folder 1:3

[Side 1]"Lee Hall Bill de Kooning Please add to & return to Ray Johnson "

[Side 2][Dot-screened image of woman's face, no text]
n.d.

Box-folder 1:3

[Side 1]"Please send to Leon Trotsky Tobias Max Hutchinson gallery 127 Greene Street, New York February 21 to March 12

[Side 2] "Ear Diary, by Monte Zuma"
n.d.

Box-folder 1:3

[Side 1] "Yin Yang of the Month Club "

[Side 2 - blank]
n.d.

Box-folder 1:3

[Side 1]"Fake Ray Johnsons Bill Dobbs Gallery New York City"

[Side 2] [copied pattern - no text]
n.d.

Box-folder 1:3

[Side 1] "Shelley Duval Fan Club Correspondence Art Exists For Only One Person. ME Mimi Grooms Please add to and return to Ray Johnson"

[Side 2] "IDA FINE SELTZER JOHNSONS"
n.d.

Box-folder 1:3

[Side 1]"Pop Art 1958 Bill Wilson 166 Park St. New Haven, Conneticut"

[Side 2] "New York Correspondence School How To Draw A Tender Button "
n.d.

Box-folder 1:3

[Side 1]"Twelve O'clock in a cuckoo shop - Albert M. Fine Spring Lake Ranch, Cuttingsville, Vermont U.S.A."

[Side 2 - blank]
n.d.

Box-folder 1:3

[Side 1] "1970 Dear Robert Pincus - Ray Johnson Letters to Robert Pincus witten $5,000 EACH"

[Side 2] "Art in Contact Bill de Kooning's Bicycle Seat - Please add to & return to Ray Johnson"
n.d.

Box-folder 1:3

[Side 1]"Photo by Andy Warhol"

[Side 2] Aug.15,1970 The New Yorker Price 50 cents HENRY MOORE Elephant Skull - Babar"
n.d.

Box-folder 1:3

[Side 1]"People are talking about - Ray Johnson, centre, and the exhibition of his New York "Correspondence" School at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York - Vogue Magazine October 1,1970 - NUTSY"

[Side 2] "Ray Johnson"
n.d.

Box-folder 1:3

[Side 1] "TOARTD LERS

JOHNSONLETTERS

HAVE SOLD RAY

OF PEOPLE WHO

ME THE NAMES

PL SE SEND"

[Side 2] "New York Magazine October 5, 1970 Ray Johnson: New York Correspondance School - John Gruen"
n.d.

Box-folder 1:3

[Side 1]"Max Ernst"

[Side 2] "I think your show - John Gruen - Babar"
n.d.

Box-folder 1:3

[Side 1]"NOTHING O HI O

The Butler Didn't Do It

Art International Summer 1972"

[Side 2 - blank]
n.d.

Box-folder 1:3

[Side 1]"Art in America : May-June, 1973

NOTHING O HI O

The Butler Didn't Do It"

[Side 2 - blank]
n.d.

Box-folder 1:3

[Side 1]"JAMES DEAN ELVIS PRESLEY"

[Side 2]"To the First International Postal Encounter Art-Workers of the Visual Communications Parma, Italy, Jan.1,1977 - Disco Duck "
n.d.

Box-folder 1:3

[Side 1]"Ray Johnson The Most Famous Unknown Artist in America Agnes Martin "

[Side 2] "To Ray from Edie! Please add to & Return to Ray Johnson 44 West 7th St. Locaust Valley, N.Y. 11560 From 'Grey Gardens' August 5, 1978 "
n.d.

Box-folder 1:3

[Side 1]"Letters $10,000 EACH Dear Brice, Dear Bruce "

[Side 2] "Ray Johnson, New York Correspondence School Meeting, Bridgehampton Post Office Parking Lot, New York 11932, June 14, 1980 3 p.m.
n.d.

Box-folder 1:3

[Side 1]"International Mail Art Exhibit During July 2-31, 1983 - Oh Dat Monthly "

[Side 2] "Collage by Sherrie Levine - The Goldie Paley Gallery at Moore College is showing the work of Ray Johnson, probably the most famous unknown artist alive today."
n.d.

Box-folder 1:3

[Side 1]"Photo by Edward Weston"

[Side 2 - blank]
n.d.

Box-folder 1:3

[Side 1] "New York Abstract Expressionist Correspondence School, Tides Motel Meeting, Bayville, N.Y. August 1, 1993 "

[Side 2 - blank]
n.d.

Box-folder 1:3

[Side 1 - photocopied b/w image of man seated in a touring car - no text]

[Side 2 - blank]
n.d.