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Eleanor Antin 100 Boots: The Transmission and Reception (1979)
  • Title: 100 Boots: The Transmission and Reception
  • Holdings: photo gallery
  • Language: English
  • Date: 1 Apr 1979
  • Location: Franklin Furnace, New York, New York, USA
  • Credits: Conceived by Eleanor Antin; Photographs of boots by Philip Steinmetz.

Eleanor Antin 100 Boots: The Transmission and Reception (1979)

Eleanor Antin's 100 Boots: The Transmission and Reception (1979) is a conceptual series of postcards depicting black rubber boots displayed across the American landscape. Antin arranged the 50 pairs of boots as different scenes in each postcard to collectively form a picaresque novel. In the spirit of Fluxus, she mailed the postcards to artists, curators, dancers, critics, and writers from 1971-1973. Antin’s gesture of using the postal system to disseminate “mail art” functions as a critique of the art world, the distribution of artworks, and the economy of the art market. The postcards, boots, and photographs were later exhibited in 1973 at the Museum of Modern Art. While the exhibition largely functioned as an institutional critique, it also sought to challenge historical definitions of the “art object.” Subsequently, Franklin Furnace curated the exhibition 100 Boots: The Transmission and Reception (1979), which included a postmarked set of the series and unpublished notes Antin received from postcard recipients.

Eleanor Antin is a pioneering performance artist, filmmaker, and installation artist. Antin’s groundbreaking work such as 100 Boots, CARVING: A Traditional Sculpture, The Angel of Mercy, Recollections of my Life with Diaghilev, The King of Solana Beach, and The Adventures of a Nurse are frequently referred to as classics of feminist, conceptual, and post-modern art. Her one-woman exhibitions have been presented at the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, and Long Beach Museum of Art; as well as a major 30-year retrospective at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art that traveled across the United Kingdom. Antin is represented by Ronald Feldman Fine Arts in New York City, and her artwork is included in collections at the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Art Institute of Chicago, Jewish Museum, and Tate Modern. Monographs on Antin's work include Eleanor Antin: Historical Takes (2008) and Multiple Occupancy: Eleanor Antin's "Selves" (2014). Antin has been the recipient of the AICA (International Association of Art Critics) award, Guggenheim Fellowship award, and National Foundation for Jewish Culture Media Achievement Award. She received an honorary doctorate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Antin is Professor Emeritus of Visual Arts at the University of California, San Diego.