Ruth and Marvin Sackner, whose collection is showcased in A Human Document: Selections from the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, made a surprise visit to PAMM yesterday and stopped by their exhibition.
Founded in 1979, their massive “archive of archives” focused initially on concrete poetry, a form of expression in which the spatial composition of words on the page enhances the effects and meanings of the words themselves. The collection grew to encompass a broad array of historic and contemporary works that synthesize word and image. Today, the archive includes more than 70,000 objects, constituting the largest private collection of language-based art in the world.
See a portion of their archive at PAMM through Sunday, August 3, 2014.