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A post on Art.Blogging.LA about our “Think about honking if you <3 conceptual art” bumpersticker got me wondering: how did we come up with the idea? We created it as a giveaway in conjunction with our 1999 presentation of the exhibition Global Conceptualism: Points of Origin, 1950s–1980s, but beyond that I don’t really know how […]

Version two of our popular bumpersticker

Version two of our popular bumpersticker

A post on Art.Blogging.LA about our “Think about honking if you <3 conceptual art” bumpersticker got me wondering: how did we come up with the idea? We created it as a giveaway in conjunction with our 1999 presentation of the exhibition Global Conceptualism: Points of Origin, 1950s–1980s, but beyond that I don’t really know how it came to be or if we came up with the idea first. I turned to Scott Winter in our membership department:

I believe it came out of a conversation with John Capecci, when he worked in Development. We were looking for a gimmick for the Walker After Hours event that recognized the conceptual art exhibition we had opened in Gallery A. Somewhere between the 2 of us, it evolved. We then went on to think up some more, but we never pursued producing them.

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Scott adds that the only way we could get the OK from our Registration department — the people charged with peeling them off of art they’d inevitably end up plastered on — was to make them removable.

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 Update: We’ve printed a new run of stickers.

 

  • Grace says:

    Do you have any of the conceptual art stickers left?

  • We’ve got only a handful left (they were popular). But we’ve had very preliminary conversations about doing a new print run. Is there enough demand out there?

  • Eric says:

    That could be even bigger than the “Closed Monday” mug.

  • I’d purchase a dozen if the font were different and the text centered. I’d probably only get ten if they looked like this. I’ll take one if your “handful” is small. If you guys don’t print more, I’ll have to make my own!

  • Looks like someone’s selling a (clumsily designed) version online, and this site says a transposed version–“If you like conceptual art, think about honking.”–was created in 1977. Anyone got an image of that one?

    Also, a clarification: former Walker curatorial intern Liz Thomas writes in to say that she and designer Daniel Eatock were involved in the conception of this sticker as well. For the record.

  • Melba Toast says:

    I also want to get one of those stickers. And that mug. Where do you buy this stuff?

  • masami says:

    I’d get a bunch if you did a reprint!

  • soopermike says:

    i’ve scoured the greater la area and cyberspace in search of this sticker. i can’t speak to the demand for it among society at large, but i’m certain anyone who values conceptual art would also value this sticker. pls let me know if a new print run is in the works, i’d gladly support it.

  • There’s a redesign and print run in the works. Stay tuned…

  • soopermike says:

    that’s really terrific news. pls keep us posted

  • eeeb says:

    I want one for sure. plz email me: rasamusic@hotmail.com