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Instead of a cigarette, enjoy a small sampling from our chronological assortment of 1000’s cigarette ads, from the 1920’s till today, currently on display on the top shelf of the picture collection.

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1920-1929

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1930-1939

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1940-1949

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1950-1959

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1960-1969

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1970-1979

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1980-1989

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1990-1999

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2000-2009

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2010-2019

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Wedge

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We have 2 issues of Wedge, no.1(1982:summer) and no.2(1982:fall). The 10 numbers published between 1982 and 1988 represent the entire run. Some issues were published in combined form; no issues were published for fall 1983, spring 1984-fall 1984, summer 1985-1987. They have the following subject headings in our catalog, the links for which you can follow to other material in our catalog with the same assigned subject heading:

Art, Modern–20th century–Periodicals.
Avant-garde (Aesthetics)–History–20th century–Periodicals.
Art, Modern.
Avant-garde (Aesthetics)

Each issue had a distinct title. You can see the title for number 1 below. Number 2 was called The Spectacle.  

The First Issue of Wedge was dedicated to the poet James Laughlin.

The First Issue of Wedge was dedicated to the poet James Laughlin.

 

Cover, n. 2 fall 1982

Back Cover, n. 2 fall 1982

Back Cover, n. 2 fall 1982

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The content includes interviews with visual artists, writers, and filmmakers, as well as essays on various art forms. They also published poetry and various writings, such as “The Thomas Crown Affair” in which Richard Prince chronicles what he did instead of going to work (which included going to the Orleans Theater to watch porno movies and a Howard Johnson’s for a meal).  Below are the table of content pages.

Table of Contents, n. 2.

Table of Contents, n. 2.

Table of Contents, no. 1.

Table of Contents, n. 1.

And as a last enticement, here is an insert called the License Action by the Guerrilla Art Action Group from issue no. 1. These are business card sized and all came in a tiny envelope.

License  Action by the Guerilla Art Action Group

It is a highly entertaining read/browse that provides a snapshot of the early 1980’s art world.

 

Wig Wag

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Wig Wag
Summer 1988 – December 1989; June 1990 – February 1991

In an archive almost everything carries the aroma of obituary. A book’s cover resembles a mausoleum door, newspapers evoke autumn leaves, a magazine’s tint becomes a mortician’s makeup. Bylines are empty chairs. In our digital realm, which seems so lively, everything passes before we’ve finished, is made to fade into the next, which is why it all gets saved.

Wig Wag is not online. The magazine lived for three years between the minor New Yorker exodus that staffed it and the first Iraq war’s recession that killed it. Founding editor Alexander Kaplen aimed gently at “A Picture of American Life,” a little literary and not too heartlandish. Wig Wag‘s “Letters From Home” could be set against The New Yorker‘s “Talk of the Town.” Terry McMillan, William Maxwell, Peter Matthiessen, Norman Rush, Sven Birkerts, Sousa Jamba, Luc Sante you’ve maybe heard of; many more you certainly haven’t. But the effort to turn from city-centrism seems more significant for its failure.

A notable tool in Wig Wag‘s kit was their “Indignites: Our monthly listing of who’s beating up on whom.” Critical briefs that don’t always read as anachronistic as we might like.

Wig wag, it was pointed out to us by poet and SVA professor Ray DiPalma, is that thing you do with flags on a runway when you’re trying to keep airplanes from crashing.

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February 1991

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December 1990

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November 1990

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November 1990

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October 1990

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October 1990

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June 1990

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November 1989

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September 1990

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August 1990

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December 1989

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Summer 1988

Soviet Life

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Soviet Life
May 1968-May 1981 (incomplete)

In 1956 the U.S. and Soviet governments agreed to a mutual propaganda plan modeled on Life. From them we got The USSR which became Soviet Life which became Russian Life. From us they got Amerika which became America Illustrated. “Soft” propaganda for a Cold War. Gentle cultural competition. Achievement, progress, beauty, tourism. Soviet Life could celebrate the cosmonauts and the construction of a dam as though ballistics and explosives were signs of society’s liberation. One can just imagine what Amerika looked like.

Somewhat relatedly, the U.S. Information Agency, which seems to have had a hand in all this, also employed Chermayeff & Geismar (which later added & Haviv) for a traveling Russian-language exhibition that showcased American design. Featured among the designer portraits, which can be found in the Milton Glaser Archives, was none other than Milton Glaser.

Find Soviet Life bound in green in the back near the bathrooms.

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Intercosmos: Orbits of Cooperation, April 1981

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Perhaps the Hardest Part is Waiting, April 1981

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Kutaisi, This Wonderful Town, May 1981

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The Festival for Everybody, May 1981

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Marx and Lincoln, May 1968

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Women Take Over Men’s Jobs, May 1981

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What is Kreshchatik to the Man on the Street?, July 1968

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Blast Saves a City, June 1968

Heresies

Heresies: A Feminist Publication on Art and Politics ran independently from 1977 to 1993. Each issue focused on a different topic such as food, theater, or ecology. Between the covers you’ll find photography, film stills, sculptures, paintings, poems, prose, memoirs, collage, and documentations of performance art. Contributors included Harmony Hammond, Ida Applebroog, May Stevens, Mary Beth Edelson, Sally Webster, and Amy Sillman.

Here is the homepage for the 2009 documentary on Heresies called “The Heretics”, directed by Joan Braderman. The site includes an index to the articles.

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We have 24 of the 27 issues of Heresies in our back stacks. Come explore them.

Feminism and Ecology

Heresies, Vol. 4, No. 1, Issue 13. 1981.
Cover, Back cover.

Pie Face

Heresies, Vol. 6, No. 1, Issue 21. 1987.

Food is a Feminist Issue

Heresies, Vol. 6, No. 1, Issue 21. 1987.
Cover, Back cover.

The Women's Pages

Heresies, Vol. 4, No. 2, Issue 14. 1982.
Cover, Back cover.

Sex Issue

Heresies, Vol. 3, No. 4, Issue 12. 1981.
Cover, Back cover.

Portrait of an Office

Heresies, Vol. 2, No. 3, Issue 7. Spring 1979.
From the article “Portrait of an Office” by Margaret Willey

Female and Male Body Language

Heresies, Vol. 2, No. 3, Issue 7. Spring 1979.

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Heresies, Vol. 7, No. 3, Issue 27. 1993.

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Heresies, Vol. 6, No. 3, Issue 23. 1988.
“Baby Contest” by Annette Savitski

Women in Theater and Performance

Heresies, Vol. 5, No. 1, Issue 17. 1984.
Feminist Theatrical Performances

Sex Issue

Heresies, Vol. 3, No. 4, Issue 12. 1981.
Jersey Shore Women’s Wrestling Club

Post-Totalitarian Criticism

Heresies, Vol. 7, No. 2, Issue 26. 1992.
Maria Serebriakova, untitled collage, 1989.

Russian Billboard

Heresies, Vol. 7, No. 2, Issue 26. 1992.
Russian Billboard

Kristin Reed

Heresies, Vol. 7, No. 1, Issue 25. 1990.
“Predominant Ideology” by Kristin Reed, 1988. Krylon, xerox, gouache, chalk. 12″x14″.

Heresies, Vol. 1, No. 3, Issue 3. Fall 1977.
Betsy Dam, The 7000 Year Old Woman. Performance #2, a street event, fully clothed. Photo by Su Friedrich.

Food is a Feminist Issue

Heresies, Vol. 6, No. 1, Issue 21. 1987.

Judith Ren-Lay as "Ivy Mouse"

Heresies, Vol. 5, No. 1, Issue 17. 1984.
Judith Ren-Lay as “Ivy Mouse”

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Heresies, Vol. 2, No. 3, Issue 17. Spring 1979.

Carol Harmel.

Heresies, Vol. 3, No. 4, Issue 12. 1981.
Photo by Carol Harmel.

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Heresies, Vol. 1, No. 3, Issue 3. 1977.

Sandra Desando

Heresies, Vol. 1, No. 3, Issue 3. Fall 1977.
Sandra Desando

"No Longer Afraid" by Susan Spencer Cole

Heresies, Vol. 6, No. 3, Issue 23. Fall 1988.
“No Longer Afraid” by Susan Spencer Cole

Installation and Set for "Private Places" by Vernita Nemec

Heresies, Vol. 6, No. 3, Issue 23. Fall 1988.
Installation and Set for “Private Places” by Vernita Nemec

"T.V." by marina Gutierrez

Heresies, Vol. 5, No. 1, Issue 17. 1984.
“T.V.” by Marina Gutierrez, 1979, Monoprint/Color Etching

"The Rat Patrol" by Christy Rupp

Heresies, Vol. 4, No. 1, Issue 13. 1981.
“The Rat Patrol” by Christy Rupp, 1979