Ray Johnson & A Book About Death, the most recent in a series of exhibitions on the subject of death at CW Post College on Long Island.
The protestors, including so-called "collage artist" Honey Millmann, carried signs that said "PROTEST." When asked what she was protesting, Millmann explained: "NOTHING." Ray Johnson, the artist who is acknowledged as the "father of mail art," made many "nothings" in the form of drawings, photocopy prints and performances. He has also a large body of work featuring the word "nothing" backwards: "gnihton."
Later in the evening Honey Millmann switched signs. This one "ABAD IDEA" uses the acronym for the A Book About Death exhibitions. Here she is seen with a coffin, reportedly filled with "nothing" specially shipped in for the opening. Millmann works with Viv Maudlin to document exhibitions, as well. Her work can be seen here: ABAD NYC and RJ&ABAD.
The protesters were met with other artists without signs posing as a Madonna and Child.
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