Dec. 4, 2013 - August 3, 2014
Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) will present an extensive selection of works from the Miami-based collection of Ruth and Marvin Sackner. Founded in 1979, this "archive of archives" initially focused on concrete and visual poetry—including rare manuscripts and published works by international luminaries such as Augusto and Haroldo de Campos, Oyvind Fahlström and Eugen Gomringer. The collection subsequently grew to encompass a broad array of historic and contemporary works that synthesize word and image. Rooted in the early to mid-20th-century European avant-garde, the collection provides a unique lens through which to examine the foundational movements of modernism, including Italian Futurism, Russian Constructivism, Bauhaus, De Stijl, Dada and Lettrisme, among others. The Sackners’ contemporary holdings are also expansive, with special strengths in artists' books and "assemblings" (limited-edition groupings of materials by numerous contributors), as well as various subgenres such as typewriter art, performance poetry and micrography (abstract or representational designs comprised of minuscule lettering). The exhibition begins with a rare, 1897 publication of "Un Coup de des" (A Throw of the Dice), by Stéphane Mallarmé, which is considered one of the first true examples of concrete poetry, and it includes hundreds of objects spanning more than a century of creative expression.
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Collecting Art, Without Knowing What Kind of Art You're Collecting
In 1974, Marvin and Ruth Sackner began gathering works of “concrete poetry," poems whose words and typography are arranged to convey meaning graphically.
Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry
This is a trailer of the documentary about the Sackner-Archive, in Miami, the largest private collection of concrete and visual poetry. Over sixty-thousand objects from around the world speak volumes about a compulsive and joyful life of collecting art, poetry, and artist books.
Browse through the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry
Ruth and Marvin Sackner founded the Archive in Miami Beach, Florida in 1979, later moving it to Miami, Florida in 2005. Its initial mission was to establish a collection of books, critical texts, periodicals, ephemera, prints, drawings, collages, paintings, sculptures, objects, manuscripts, and correspondence dealing with precedent and contemporary, internationally produced, concrete and visual poetry.
Press Release: PAMM Announces Inaugural Exhibition Schedule
The selection and presentation of artists, collections, and commissioned projects for PAMM is guided by the Museum’s mission to create dialogues across and through local, regional, and international contexts and to emphasize artists and projects that engage with traditions from the United States, the Caribbean, and Latin America.
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A Human Document: Selections from the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual PoetryDownload
Making Art Out of Words
It was a gorgeous February Sunday in Miami, and everyone lucky enough to be here should have been basking in the outdoors. But by midday there was already a steady flow of visitors to the Pérez Museum of Art Miami, a testimony to the strength of our latest cultural addition.
In one gallery, a mix of students, art professionals, and art aficionados was taking in a guided tour of the exhibit “A Human Document: Selections from the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry,” and they were spellbound -- not just by the works on view, but by their docents, none other than Ruth and Marvin Sackner, owners of said archive.