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Guest Lecture: "Reading Other People's Mail," by Ted Purves

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Berkeley Art Museum Archive. Photo courtesy of Lexa Walsh.

Kimball Education Gallery

Ted Purves will speak on Steven Leiber's archive. The art dealer and collector opened the Steven Leiber Gallery (later Steven Leiber Basement) in 1987 before turning his focus to artists' ephemera: brochures, posters, exhibition announcements, flyers, and so on. His archive became an important resource for scholars, curators, artists, and students.

Ted Purves is a writer and artist based in Berkeley. His public projects and writings center on investigating the practice of art as it addresses issues of localism and power, systems of exchange, and critical occupations of social forms. He produces socially based projects in collaboration with Susanne Cockrell under the umbrella name of Fieldfaring ( Their most recent project, a large public planting project known as the Red Bank Pawpaw Circle, was completed  in Cincinnati, Ohio, in Fall 2012. At California College of the Arts, Purves founded the MFA concentration in Social Practice in 2005, and is currently the chair of the MFA program. His book What We Want Is Free: Generosity and Exchange in Recent Art, was published by SUNY Press in 2005. A significantly expanded and revised edition will be released in summer 2014.

Ticket Information

This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and first come, first served.


This program is presented as part of the de Young Artist Fellows program, generously funded by the James Irvine Foundation Innovation Fund and the Institute of Museum and Library Services/Museums for America.

Contact Information

Andrea Martin
(415) 750-3531