Throwback Thursdays: Dan Flavin Comment Cards

  1. Long An image of a dark room with colored tube-shaped light bulbs spanning floor to ceiling installed onto a far wall that gets smaller with distance from the viewers perspective. The bulbs alternate in pink and orange, and some are close to one another, some several feet away in an unclear pattern, each bulb casting a reflection of alternating pink and orange on the glossy floor.
Installation view, Dan Flavin: Pink and Gold, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Dec 9, 1967–Jan 14, 1968, © MCA Chicago.


The recently opened exhibition To the Racy Brink (on view through December 10) dives deep into the MCA's history of exhibitions, performances, and publications. Among the museum's earliest documentation and ephemera is a print-on-demand exhibition catalogue that accompanied Dan Flavin: Pink and Gold (1967–68). Comments were solicited from visitors who came to see the artist's first solo museum show with the intention of including their notes in the final catalogue. Though, in the end, they didn't make the cut, the comment cards featured here express a range of reactions—positive, perplexed, and downright pissed off—testaments to the risky ventures undertaken by the young institution.

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