Dove Bradshaw American

Not on view

Bradshaw, a disciple of the avant-garde composer John Cage, began her interventions at the Metropolitan in the mid-1970s. In 1976 she affixed a label near a fire hose in the Museum, claiming it as her work and calling it Fire Extinguisher. As the label was periodically removed, she replaced it. She also made postcards of her "work," which she quietly placed in the Museum's Gift Shop. The Museum acquired the original photograph in 1980 and in 1992 began selling official postcards of it in the shop. The original work—that is, the label produced by the artist as well as the conceptual act of claiming this object—formally entered the collection in 2007 with a generous gift from two of Bradshaw's patrons.

Performance, Dove Bradshaw (American, born New York, 1949), Inkjet ink on paper

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