CLIP/STAMP/FOLD: The Radical Architecture of Little Magazines, 196X – 197X


Exhibition Opening and Reception: September 6, 2012, 6 – 8 pm
Open to the public: Friday - Sunday, 2 – 7 pm

University of Michigan
Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
Taubman College Liberty Annex, 305 W. Liberty St., Ann Arbor, MI

In recent years, there has been a resurgence of international interest in the architecture of the 1960s and 1970s. Yet, the role of the many experimental publications that were the engine of that intensely creative period has been largely neglected. The exhibition “Clip/Stamp/Fold: The Radical Architecture of Little Magazines, 196X – 197X” tracks the critical function of the little magazine in architecture during these years, when a remarkable outburst of publications disseminated and catalyzed a range of experimental practices. Coined in the early twentieth century to designate progressive literary journals, the term “little magazine” was remobilized during the 1960s to grapple with the contemporary proliferation of independent architectural periodicals that appeared in response to the political, social, and artistic changes of the period. Clip/Stamp/Fold investigates how an internationally diverse group of architectural little magazines informed the development of postwar architectural culture.

The exhibition's annotated timeline serves as a cross-section, tracking the progression, upheavals, and transformations of the magazines. A selection of original magazines surveys the variety of unique formats, re-introducing rare examples from private collections, and is supplemented by complete facsimiles for visitors to browse. Audio interviews with editors and designers of these publications punctuate the room, with transcriptions appearing in the Storefront's newsletter. In addition, many of these editors and designers have been invited to respond to the exhibition through the series Little Magazines / Small Talks held at the gallery. An implicit aim of the exhibition is to invite reflection on contemporary uses of media in architecture. Assembling all these remarkable documents for the first time offers a unique view of a key period of architectural innovation and challenges today's architects to provoke a similar intensity.

For more information visit: www.clipstampfold.com

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