Two collage images including postcard-style city imagery

Positively Charged

Copier Art in the Bay Area Since the 1960s
28 January - 19 March 2023
Skylight Gallery - 6th Floor
Main Library

100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
United States

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For nearly sixty years, Xerox technology has provided Bay Area artists with an accessible medium that allows for distinctive forms of experimentation, social and political agency, mass distribution and affordable art making practices.

This exhibition explores the histories of several significant arts organizations in San Francisco and the East Bay. These are art spaces that provided materials, training, equipment and opportunities for sales, including Postcard Palace (run by Barbara Wyeth and Diane Best), Galería de la Raza, San Francisco Art Institute, Electro Arts and Deja Vu Gallery. By highlighting the activities of these art spaces and the artists who founded and ran them, an extensive network — and history — of copier art is revealed.

This exhibition is presented in partnership with the San Francisco Center for the Book.


Related program: Opening Event, Saturday, January 28, 11 a.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, Lower Level.
Curators Maymanah Farhat and Jennie Hinchcliff discuss the impact of Xerox technology in the Bay Area arts community throughout the past sixty years as well as the different ways in which artists have embraced and utilized copier art.


Image: Details from Artists Holiday by Mary V. Marsh (left), Postcards From Paradise by Sally Wassink (right)