SOMETHING ELSE ENTIRELY: Ray Johnson, Dick Higgins, and the making of THE PAPER SNAKE
June 5 – August 22, 2015
Curated by Michael Von Uchtrup
Selected as a Critic’s Pick by ARTFORUM!
Lost for decades, the production materials from this innovative compendium of Ray Johnson’s mail art were only recently rediscovered, in time for the book’s re-publication and the 50th anniversary of its original 1965 release. Lively, quirky, often comic, the texts and drawings that meander among the book’s pages provide an intimate look at the early work of Ray Johnson (1927-1995) through the eyes of Johnson’s friend Dick Higgins (1938-1998), one of the Fluxus movement’s impresarios and the founder of the groundbreaking Something Else Press. The exhibition will also include collages by Ray Johnson, many of which have never before been exhibited.
A special issue of Black Mountain College Studies is dedicated to Ray Johnson's The Paper Snake, following the exhibition Something Else Entirely at the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center. It should be noted that Ray Johnson and Dick Higgins: Reciprocities, is the last written publication by William S. "Bill" Wilson, the acclaimed writer and Ray Johnson's unwavering champion.