Conceived of in 2000 and begun in earnest a year later, Signifier, Signed inevitably now includes participants who have passed on. I'm grateful for their inspiration and for this opportunity, however tenuous, to have connected with them. Many truly are my heroes. May they rest in peace.
Studs Terkel (1912–2008)
Promoting the project's exhibition debut at Law Warschaw Gallery, arts writer Sheila Regan penned the piece, "Michele Bachmann, Yoko Ono, Billy Bragg: Paul Schmelzer's super odd and amazing signature collection."
Macalester College's Law Warschaw Gallery hosts the first ever public exhibition of Signifier, Signed March 23 through 29, 2017.
See the signatures, participate in an interactive project on celebrity, and read a commissioned essay on the project by Ben Davis, artnet News critic and author of the book 9.5 Theses on Art and Class. And don't miss the companion exhibition, Don Celender: Destiny of a Name and Other Works, by the late conceptual artist and longtime Macalester faculty member, in the Janet Wallace Art Center's Second Floor Lounge.
Art Gallery and Art Commons
Thursday, March 23, 2017
"What's your favorite 'Paul Schmelzer,' Paul Schmelzer?" Special thanks to Gaby Roslin of BBC London 94.9 for inviting me to discuss the project during for her show's weekly "Collector's Corner" feature.