A post on Art.Blogging.LA about our “Think about honking if you <3 conceptual art” bumpersticker got me wondering: how did we come up with the idea? We created it as a giveaway in conjunction with our 1999 presentation of the exhibition Global Conceptualism: Points of Origin, 1950s–1980s, but beyond that I don’t really know how it came to be or if we came up with the idea first. I turned to Scott Winter in our membership department:
I believe it came out of a conversation with John Capecci, when he worked in Development. We were looking for a gimmick for the Walker After Hours event that recognized the conceptual art exhibition we had opened in Gallery A. Somewhere between the 2 of us, it evolved. We then went on to think up some more, but we never pursued producing them.
Start Seeing Motherwells
If you can read this, you’re Chuck Close
My Other Car is a REAL Work of Art
Scott adds that the only way we could get the OK from our Registration department — the people charged with peeling them off of art they’d inevitably end up plastered on — was to make them removable.
Update: We’ve printed a new run of stickers.