Exhibitions: Materializing "Six Years": Lucy R. Lippard and the Emergence of Conceptual Art

Eleanor Antin: 100 Boots Facing the Sea

For her 100 Boots project, Eleanor Antin photographed rubber boots in a variety of scenarios set mostly around Southern California. The boots themselves performed as active characters; some configurations emphasized an “everyman” quality and personal experiences such as economic hardship, while others alluded to the war in Vietnam, and the excitement of the big city. Antin printed each photograph as postcards, which she mailed to hundreds of people, allowing the boots’ narrative to unfold over the course of twenty-eight months. Their journey ended at the Museum of Modern Art, where all fifty-one of the postcards were ultimately displayed.