MOCA Acquires Eleanor Antin's "100 Boots"

Oct. 31, 2015

The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) has acquired Eleanor Antin’s 100 Boots, an original set of fifty-one vintage halftone postcards. An important work of Conceptual art, Antin's 100 Boots is a mailwork consisting of photographs of 100 black rubber boots in special, often dramatic or enigmatic situations.  This is the first work by Eleanor Antin to enter the museum's permanent collection.

Antin conceived of 100 Boots as a means of circumventing some of the spatial and temporal limits imposed on an artist whose work is shown in a gallery situation.  Each postcard includes a photograph of the boots, a title for the particular adventure (e.g. “100 Boots On The Way to Church”), and the date, time, and place at which the picture was taken.  While most of the boots’ adventures have taken place in southern California, where the artist lives, the series concludes in New York City. Executed over a two-and-a-half year period between 1971-1973, Antin mailed the postcards at irregular intervals, ranging from 3 days to 5 weeks, to people and institutions around the world.

Eleanor Antin (USA, b. 1935) lives and works in San Diego, California, where she is an emeritus professor at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD).  This year,  she was included in "America Is Hard To See," at The Whitney Museum of American Art (May - Sept, 2015). Her solo show, "Passengers", was at Diane Rosenstein in April, 2014.