TABLE OF CONTENTS


Collection Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Preferred Citation

Contact Information

Detailed Description of the Collection

1971 invitations, mailers

1972 invitations, mailers

1973 invitations, mailers

1974 invitation, mailers

1975 invitations, mailers

1976 invitations, mailers

1977 invitations, mailers

1978 invitations, mailers

1979 invitations, mailers

1980 invitations, mailers

1981 invitations, mailers

1982 invitations, mailers

1983 invitations, mailers

1984 invitations, mailers

1985 invitations, mailers

1986 invitations, mailers

1987 invitations, mailers

1988 invitations, mailers

1989 invitations, mailers

1990 invitations, mailers

1991 invitations, mailers

1992 invitations, mailers

1993 invitations, mailers

1994 invitations, mailers

1995 invitations, mailers

1996 invitations, mailers

1969: Match my strike

1969: Belly food

1969: Off hand

1969: God is my gigolo

1970: Canvas weaving

1970: What happened

1970: Betty's

1970: Line project

1970: Miss General Idea pageant

1971: Miss General Idea pageant

1971: Shoe journal

1971: Looking ahead

1971: Image bank postcard show

1972: If I live to be a hundred, I'll never be able to forgive myself for

1972: No mean feet

1976: General Idea (Manhattan) business card

1977: Image Bank postcard show

1991: blanc, blanc, blanc

Correspondence

Clippings file

Periodicals

General Idea Collection, Art Metropole Collection: Finding Aid

General Idea Collection, Art Metropole Collection:

Finding Aid



Collection Summary

Title:General Idea Collection.
Dates:-1969 - 1991.
Quantity: - 31 cm of textual records and other material.

Biographical Sketch

Founded in 1968 by AA Bronson (1946 -), Felix Partz (1945-1994), and Jorge Zontal (1944-1994), General Idea was a collaborative group of artists that used film, video, performance, painting, photograph, and sculpture to examine the products of popular culture, mass media, and the role of artists. General Idea participated in the mail art networks in the 1960s and 1970s and created File megazine, a vehicle to publicize their interests and work and a networking journal for artists. General Idea founded Art Metropole, a non-profit archive and distribution centre for artists, in 1974.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection consists of exhibition invitations, handouts, mailers, postcards, photographs, clippings, periodicals, and posters as well as printed and written materials that were used as part of the group's exhibitions and performances or that were created to document them. Correspondence sent by members of General Idea to each other, Art Metropole staff, and others as well as correspondence received by General Idea from artists, friends and collaborators such as Grenada Gazelle, Mimi Paige, PJ, Judith Lane and Miss Generality are also part of the holdings. The collection includes several files of anonymous or unknown correspondence and mail art that was sent either to General Idea or to their collaborators.

Source of supplied title proper: Title based on the contents of the collection.

Finding aids: Item level finding aid available.

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Index Terms

Organizations:
General Idea
Subjects:
Art conceptuel
Conceptual Art
Mail Art
Document Types:
Clippings.
Handbills.
Invitations.
Periodicals.
Photographs.
Postcards.
Posters.

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Administrative Information

Custodial History

The collection was donated to Art Metropole by General Idea (1968-1994). One of the first artist-run centres in Canada, Art Metropole is part of the international network of parallel galleries committed to conceptual art. The art work (artists' books, audio tapes, videotapes, and multiples) produced and documentation about this movement was collected, catalogued, and preserved by Art Metropole, exhibited there, loaned for exhibition to other organizations, and made available to researchers. The Art Metropole Collection, including the General Idea Collection, was donated to the National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives by Jay A. Smith, Toronto, 1999.

Preferred Citation

[Title of item], General Idea collection, Art Metropole collection, Library and Archives, National Gallery of Canada.

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Contact Information

Cyndie Campbell
Head, Archives, Documentation and Visual Resources 
Library and Archives 
National Gallery of Canada 
380 Sussex Drive 
P.O. Box 427, Station A 
Ottawa, Ontario 
K1N 9N4 

T 613-990-0597 
F 613-990-9818 

ccampbel@gallery.ca

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Detailed Description of the Collection

1971 invitations, mailers

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Box 1File 1Item 1 Miss General Idea Pageant invitation. - 1 Oct. 1971. - 1 invitation: silver printing on white card; 11.2 x 13.9 cm.
Item is a printed invitation card announcing the 1971 Miss General Idea Pageant performance which was held at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, 1 October 1971.

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1972 invitations, mailers

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Box 1File 2Item 1 Mr. Phil Harmonic invitation. - 16 Apr. 1972. - 1 invitation card: black printing on white card, rubber stamps; 11.2 x 13.9 cm.
Item is a printed invitation card inviting the recipient to meet the artist Mr. Phil Harmonic at A Space, Toronto. The event was a General Idea Something by Mouth production.
File 2Item 2 Entertaining the troops invitation. - 21 Apr. 1972. - 1 invitation card: black printing on white card, rubber stamps; 11.2 x 13.9 cm.
Item is a printed invitation card announcing a General Idea performance entitled "Entertaining the troops", at the Global Village, Toronto, 21 April 1972. The event was a General Idea Something by Mouth production.
File 2Item 3 Light-on exhibition mailer. - 27 May 1972-15 June 1972. - 1 mailer: black printing on white card, b & w photographic reproductions; 16.2 x 13.2 cm.
Item is a printed exhibition mailer announcing the "Light on" exhibition by General Idea at the Carmen Lamanna Gallery, Toronto, 27 May - 15 June 1972.

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1973 invitations, mailers

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Box 1File 3Item 1 Luxon V.B. mailer. - 17 Dec. 1973-3 Jan. 1974. - 1 mailer: black printing on white card; 18.6 x 24.1 cm.
Item is a printed mailer announcing the "Luxon V.B." exhibition by General Idea at the Carmen Lamanna Gallery, Toronto, 17 December 1973 - 3 January 1974.

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1974 invitation, mailers

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Box 1File 4Item 1 General Idea postcards. - 1974. - 3 postcards: black printing on white card, b & w photographic reproductions; 10.2 x 14.4 cm each.
Item consists of three postcards attached with perforated separations. The postcards announce performances and exhibitions at the Western Front by General Idea.
File 4Item 2 General Idea at the Western Front postcard. - 1974. - 1 postcard: black printing on white card, b & w photographic reproduction; 11.6 x 18.8 cm.
Item is a postcard produced in conjunction with a series of two performances and an exhibition by General Idea at the Western Front, Vancouver. The postcard features a Rodney Werden photograph of Miss Paige, Miss General Idea 1968, greeting guests at the 1971 Miss General Idea Pageant on the recto. The verso identifies the individuals shown in the image on the recto.
File 4Item 3 Sincerely yours postcard. - 1974. - 1 postcard: black printing on white card, b & w photographic reproduction; 12.6 x 19.2 cm.
Item is a postcard featuring a photograph of Granada Gazelle on the recto. The verso has been misprinted, it features the text from the verso of the General Idea at the Western Front postcard.
File 4Item 4 Sincerely your postcard. - 1974. - 1 postcard: black printing on white card, b & w photographic reproduction; 12.6 x 19.2 cm.
Item is a postcard featuring a photograph of Granada Gazelle on the recto. The verso announces an exhibition of photographs of Granada Gazelle and Decca Dance videotapes featuring Granada Gazelle at Memo from Turner, Toronto, 7-27 June 1974.
File 4Item 5 Videotapes at A Space mailer. - 1974. - 1 mailer; 21.6 x 14.2 cm.
Item is a mailer announcing a screening of the Decca-Dance video at A Space, 21 April 1974.

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1975 invitations, mailers

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Box 1File 5Item 1 Going thru the notions mailer. - 1975. - 1 mailer; 21.6 x 13.4 cm.
Item is a mailer announcing an exhibition by General Idea entitled "Going thru the notions" at the Carmen Lamanna Gallery, Toronto, 18 October - 6 November 1975.
File 5Item 2 Search for the spirit mailer. - 1975. - 1 mailer; 21.1 x 14.8 cm.
Item is a mailer announcing an exhibition by General Idea at Galerie Gaelan, Geneve.

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1976 invitations, mailers

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Box 1File 6Item 1 Image Nation 17 postcard. - 1976. - 1 postcard: black printing on white card, colour photograph reproduction; 9.4 x 13.7 cm.
Item is a postcard announcing a special Granada issue of the periodical Image Nation, compiled and designed by General Idea. The recto of the postcard features a reproduction of a colour photograph of AA Bronson and Granada Gazelle.
File 6Item 2 Carr-Harris: Collyer: General Idea: Kosuth: D. Rabinowitch mailer. - 1976. - 1 mailer: black printing on white card, b & w photographic reproduction; 16.9 x 13.7 cm.
Item is an exhibition mailer announcing a group exhibition which General Idea participated in at the Carmen Lamanna Gallery, Toronto, 15 May - 3 June 1976.
File 6Item 3 Going thru the motions. - 1976. - 1 mailer: black printing on white card, b & w photographic reproduction; 13.6 x 21.5 cm.
Item is an exhibition mailer announcing General Idea video screenings at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
File 6Item 4 Plug in mailer. - 1976. - 1 mailer: black printing on white card; 15.3 x 22.9 cm.
Item is a mailer announcing the screening of the General Idea video entitled "Going through [sic] the motions" at Plug in, Winnipeg, 6 October 1976.

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1977 invitations, mailers

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Box 1File 7Item 1 General Idea's Hot Property mailer. - 1977. - 1 mailer: black printing on white card; 10 x 12.2 cm.
Item is a printed mailer announcing a performance by General Idea entitled "General Idea's Hot Property" at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, 22 October 1977.
File 7Item 2 General Idea's Pilot. - 1977. - 1 mailer: black printing on white card; 8.9 x 14 cm.
Item is a printed mailer announcing the broadcast of General Idea's video entitled "Pilot" on various television stations.
File 7Item 3 Reconstructing Futures mailer. - 1977. - 1 mailer: black printing on white card, b & w photographic reproduction; 9.9 x 13.9 cm.
Item is a printed mailer announcing an exhibition by General Idea entitled "Reconstructing Futures" at the Carmen Lamanna Gallery, Toronto, 10 December 1977 - 3 January 1978. The exhibition toured to Canada House, London, England; the Centre culturel canadien, Paris, France; and the Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland.
File 7Item 4 Artists and models postcard mailers. - 1977. - 3 postcards: black printing on white card, b & w photographic reproduction; 9 x 14 cm.
Items are three postcard mailers announcing an exhibition by General Idea entitled "Artists and Models" at the Carmen Lamanna Gallery, Toronto, 8 -27 January 1977. Each postcard mailer features an individual image on the recto.
File 7Item 5 General Idea's S/he postcard mailer. - 1977. - 1 postcard: black printing on white card, b & w photographic reproduction; 9.8 x 14 cm.
Item is a printed mailer announcing an exhibition by General Idea entitled "S/he" at the St. Lawrence College Gallery, Kingston, 7 -18 November 1977.
File 7Item 6 S/he by General Idea mailer. - 1977. - 1 postcard: black printing on white card, b & w photographic reproduction; 8.5 x 13.2 cm.
Item is a printed mailer announcing the publication of a pamphlet by General Idea entitled "S/he". The publication was self-published in an edition of 500.
File 7Item 7 Search for the spirit of Miss General Idea mailer. - 1977. - 1 postcard: black printing on white card; 10 x 14 cm.
Item is a printed mailer announcing an exhibition by General Idea entitled "The 1971 Miss General Idea Pageant - a history" at the Parachute Centre for Cultural Affairs, Calgary, 22 February - 30 March 1977. The mailer also announces a public lecture by General Idea entitled "Report on the 1984 Miss General Idea Pavilion" at the Alberta College of Art, 22 February 1977.
File 7Item 8 Going thru the motions mailer. - 1977. - 1 postcard: black printing on white card, b & w photographic reproduction; 12.8 x 18.4 cm.
Item is a printed mailer announcing an exhibition by General Idea entitled "Going thru the motions" at Optica, Montreal, 24 January - 25 February 1977.
File 7Item 9 Sex and responsibility poster. - 1977. - 1 poster: black printing on silver paper, b & w photographic reproductions; 41.1 x 18.5 cm.
Item is a poster announcing an exhibition of photographs by General Idea entitled "Sex and responsibility" at Nova Gallery, Vancouver, 8 November - 3 December 1977.
File 7Item 10 General Idea: festival Calgary 1977 poster. - 1977. - 1 poster: red printing, b & w photographic reproduction; 35.7 x 26.3 cm.
Item is a poster announcing an exhibition by General Idea entitled "The 1971 Miss General Idea Pageant - a history" at Parachute Center, Calgary, 22 February - 30 March 1977. The poster also announces a public lecture by General Idea entitled "Report on the 1984 Miss General Idea Pavilion" at the Alberta College of Art, 22 February 1977. In addition, the poster announces the screenings of General Idea's video entitled "Pilot", 22 - 30 February 1977.
File 7Item 11 Art Metropole travelling exhibition notice. - 1977. - 1 sheet: black printing on white paper; 28 x 21.6 cm.
Item is an information sheet providing details of a travelling group exhibition featuring video by four Toronto artists, including General Idea. The exhibition was organized by Art Metropole.

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1978 invitations, mailers

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Box 1File 8Item 1 Laboratorio mailer. - 1978. - 1 mailer: black printing on white card; 9.8 x 13.6 cm.
Item is a printed mailer announcing a performance by General Idea at entitled "Glamour" at Laboratorio, Milan, Italy, 14 March 1978.
File 8Item 2 Basel art fair mailer. - 1978. - 1 mailer: black printing on grey card; 14.8 x 10.5 cm.
Item is a printed mailer announcing a group exhibition by contemporary Canadian artists at the Basel art fair, videos by General Idea amongst others were featured. The art fair took place 11 June - 16 July 1978.
File 8Item 3 Reconstructing futures: Canada House Gallery mailer. - 1978. - 1 mailer: 15.2 x 10.2 cm.
Item is a printed mailer announcing an exhibition by General Idea entitled "Reconstructing futures" at Canada House Gallery, London, England, 15 February - 8 March 1978. This travelling exhibition orginated at the Carman Lamanna Gallery, Toronto.
File 8Item 4 Reconstructing futures: Centre Culturel Canadian mailer. - 1978. - 1 postcard: red, black and white; 11 x 15 cm.
Item is a printed mailer announcing an exhibition by General Idea entitled "Reconstructing futures" at the Centre Culturel Canadien, Paris, France, 7 April - 7 May 1978. This travelling exhibition originated at the Carman Lamanna Gallery, Toronto.
File 8Item 5 General Idea mailer. - 1978. - 1 mailer: grey printing on white card; 13.4 x 16.5 cm.
Item is a printed mailer produced in conjunction with General Idea's performance entitled "Glamour" at Galeria Lucio Amelio, Naples, Italy, 1 March 1978.
File 8Item 6 Glamour mailer. - 1978. - 1 mailer: black and white; 14.8 x 20.9 cm.
Item is a printed mailer announcing a performance by General Idea entitled "Glamour" at Arnolfini, Bristol, England, 17 February 1978.
File 8Item 7 General Idea's high profile mailer. - 1978. - 1 mailer: black and white; 26.4 x 6.2 cm.
Item is a mailer announcing an event held at the CN Tower, Toronto, in honour of General Idea's tenth anniversary, 13 October 1978.
File 8Item 8 General Idea's high profile poster. - 1978. - 1 poster: pink, black and white; 30.3 x 19 cm.
Item is a poster announcing the "High profile" event held at the CN Tower, Toronto, in honour of General Idea's tenth anniversary, 13 October 1978.

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1979 invitations, mailers

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Box 1File 9Item 1 Playing the triangle mailer. - 1979. - 1 mailer: grey printing on white card; 9.9 x 14.9 cm.
Item is a printed mailer announcing General Idea's "Playing the triangle" at Samangallery, Genova, Italy.
File 9Item 2 General Idea's Anatomy of censorship mailer. - 1979. - 1 mailer: grey printing on white card; 10.5 x 14.8 cm.
Item is a printed mailer announcing a performance by General Idea entitled "Anatomy of censorship" at Centre d'art contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland, 11 June 1979.
File 9Item 3 Anatomy of censorship: Test tube mailer. - 1979. - 1 mailer: black and white; 14.9 x 20.2 cm.
Item is a printed mailer announcing a performance by General Idea entitled "Anatomy of censorship", in addition to a screening of the video "Test tube", at Stichting Agora, Maastricht, Netherlands.
File 9Item 4 General Idea's Consenting adults mailer. - 1979. - 1 mailer: grey printing on white card; 13.9 x 20.5 cm.
Item is a printed mailer announcing an exhibition by General Idea entitled "Consenting adults" at the Carmen Lamanna Gallery, Toronto, 27 January - 15 February 1979.

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1980 invitations, mailers

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Box 1File 10Item 1 The honeymoon is over mailer. - 1980. - 1 mailer: gold printing on black card; 10.1 x 14 cm.
Item is a printed mailer announcing a post-performance installation by General Idea entitled "The honeymoon is over". The installation was in conjunction with an exhibition at the Carmen Lamanna Gallery, Toronto, 13 December 1980 - 8 January 1981. The installation was part of a project by A Space, Toronto, and was curated by Tim Guest.
File 10Item 2 Ian Carr-Harris: Sarah Charlesworth: General Idea mailer. - 1980. - 1 mailer: black printing on silver card; 14 x 21.6 cm.
Item is a printed mailer announcing a group exhibition which General Idea participated in at the Carmen Lamanna Gallery, Toronto, 31 May - 19 June 1980.
File 10Item 3 General Idea's Test tube. - 1980. - 1 mailer: black printing on white card; 10.8 x 28 cm.
Item is a printed mailer announcing a preview of General Idea's video entitled "Test tube" at the Carmen Lamanna Gallery, Toronto, 27 March 1980.
File 10Item 4 Architectural references poster. - 1980. - 1 poster: black, grey, off-white; 26.6 x 20.3 cm.
Item is a poster announcing a group exhibition which General Idea participated in at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, 29 April - 1 June 1980.
File 10Item 5 A Space press release. - 1980. - 1 sheet: black printing on white paper; 28 x 21.6 cm.
Item is a press release from A Space, Toronto, announcing a post-performance installation by General Idea entitled "The honeymoon is over" which was done in conjunction with an exhibition at the Carmen Lamanna Gallery, Toronto, 13 December 1980 - 8 January 1981.

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1981 invitations, mailers

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Box 1File 11Item 1 General Idea's Carmen Lamanna Gallery mailer. - 1981. - 1 mailer: silver printing on black card; 10 x 14 cm.
Item is a printed mailer announcing the installation of the "Boutique from the 1984 Miss General Idea Pavilion" by General Idea at the Carmen Lamanna Gallery, 13 December 1980 - 8 January 1981.
File 11Item 2 The honeymoon is over mailer. - 1981. - 1 mailer: black printing on white card; 10.4 x 14.8 cm.
Item is a printed mailer announcing a post-performance installation by General Idea entitled "The honeymoon is over" at Stampa, Basel, Switzerland, 16 June 1981.
File 11Item 3 General Idea's Test tube mailer. - 1981. - 1 mailer: black printing on white card; 10.8 x 16.6 cm.
Item is a printed mailer announcing the screening of General Idea's video entitled "Test tube" on Dartmouth-Halifax Cable 10 television station and Buffalo Channel 17 television station, on 3 November 1981 and 7 November 1981 respectively.
File 11Item 4 General Idea's Representations confuses mailer. - 1981. - 1 mailer: black printing on white card; 12.9 x 17.5 cm.
Item is a printed mailer announcing an exhibition by General Idea entitled "Representations confuses" at the Carmen Lamanna Gallery, Toronto, 27 August - 17 September 1981.
File 11Item 5 Three cheers! mailer. - 1981. - 1 mailer: black printing on white paper, b & w photographic reproduction; 15.8 x 13.9 cm.
Item is a printed mailer which was produced in conjunction with General Idea's presence at the Western Front, Vancouver, December 1981.
File 11Item 6 Cornucopia by General Idea mailer. - 1981. - 1 mailer: black printing on white paper; 28 x 11.5 cm.
Item is a printed mailer announcing a preview of General Idea's video entitled "Cornucopia" at the Western Front, 27 December 1981.
File 11Item 7 General Idea: 49th Parallel mailer. - 1981. - 1 mailer: black printing on off-white card, colour photographic reproduction; 19 x 24.8 cm.
Item is a printed mailer announcing an exhibition by General Idea at 49th Parallel, New York, New York, 16 May - 6 June 1981.
File 11Item 8 49th Parallel exhibition brochure. - 1981. - 1 brochure: black printing on white paper; 28 x 21.6 cm.
Item is an exhibition hand-out brochure published in conjunction with an exhibition by General Idea at 49th Parallel, New York, New York, 16 May - 6 June 1981.

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1982 invitations, mailers

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Box 1File 12Item 1 Fiction mailer. - 1982. - 1 mailer: black printing on white card; 12.9 x 10.2 cm.
Item is a printed mailer announcing a group exhibition which General Idea participated in entitled "Fiction" at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, 3 April - 30 May 1982.
File 12Item 2 Galerie Grita Insam, Vienna mailer. - 1982. - 1 mailer: black printing on white card; 14.6 x 10.4 cm.
Item is a mailer from Galerie Grita Insam, Vienna, Switzerland.
File 12Item 3 Ziggurat paintings 1968-69 mailer. - 1982. - 1 mailer: green printing on white card; 10.2 x 15.2 cm.
Item is a printed mailer announcing an exhibition by General Idea entitled "Ziggurat paintings 1968-69" at the Carmen Lamanna Gallery, Toronto, 28 August - 24 September 1982.
File 12Item 4 General Idea's Jorge Zontal mailer. - 1982. - 1 mailer: red, black and white, paper; 12.5 x 12.5 cm.
Item is a printed mailer announcing an exhibition by General Idea at A Space, Toronto, October 1982.

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1983 invitations, mailers

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Box 1File 13Item 1 Mondo Cane Kama Sutra mailer. - 1983. - 1 postcard mailer: black and white; 10.4 x 15 cm.
Item is a printed mailer announcing an exhibition by General Idea entitled "Mondo Cane Kama Sutra" at Albert Baronian, Brussels, Belgium, vernissage 13 October 1983.
File 13Item 2 Mondo Cane mailer. - 1983. - 1 mailer: black printing on card, folded; 14.9 x 10.5 cm.
Item is a printed mailer announcing an exhibition by General Idea entitled "Mondo Cane" at Stampa, Basel, 8 February - 5 March 1983.
File 13Item 3 General Idea: Carmen Lamanna mailer. - 1983. - 1 mailer: white printing on blue card; 10.5 x 15.3 cm.
Item is a printed mailer announcing an exhibition by General Idea at the Carmen Lamanna Gallery, Toronto, 9 April - 4 May 1983.
File 13Item 4 Canile mailer. - 1983. - 1 mailer: pink printing on white card; 11.4 x 17.5 cm.
Item is a printed mailer from Francoise Lambert, Milan, Italy.
File 13Item 5 ICA newsletter. - 1983. - 1 newsletter: blue and black printing on white paper, folded; 11 x 27.1 cm.
Item is a newsletter from the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Massachusetts, which lists upcoming exhibitions and related events. A group exhibition consisting of video works entitled "More Funny/Strange" is listed. The exhibition included General Idea's videos "Cornucopia" and "Loco".
File 13Item 6 Fiction: 49th Parallel mailer. - 1983. - 1 mailer; 15.4 x 22.8 cm.
Item is a printed mailer announcing a group exhibition which General Idea participated in entitled "Fiction" at 49th Parallel Gallery, New York, New York, 22 October - 19 November 1983. The exhibition was originally shown at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, 3 April - 30 May 1982 and was curated by Elke Town.
File 13Item 7 More Funny/Strange exhibition pamphlet. - 1983. - 1 pamphlet: black printing on white paper, folded; 21.7 x 17.7 cm.
Item is a printed hand-out for the exhibition entitled "More Funny/Strange" at the Art Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Massachusetts, November 1983. General Idea's videos entitled "Cornucopia" and "Loco" were included in this exhibition.
File 13Item 8 'P' is for Poodle press release. - 1983. - 1 sheet: black printing on white paper; 28 x 21.6 cm.
Item is a press release announcing an installation by General Idea entitled " 'P' is for Poodle" at the Toronto Dominion bank, 299 Queen Street West, Toronto, 7 - 16 April 1983. An exhibition by General Idea ran concurrently with this installation at the Carmen Lamanna Gallery, Toronto. " 'P' is for Poodle" was presented by the Music Gallery, Toronto, in cooperation with the Carmen Lamanna Gallery, Toronto.
File 13Item 9 Institute of Contemporary Arts, London mailer. - 1983. - 1 sheet: black printing on cream paper; 28 x 21.6 cm.
Item announces upcoming exhibitions and lectures at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, England. A group exhibition which General Idea participated in, entitled "Artists' Architecture: Scenes and Conventions" at ICA, 2 March - 3 April 1983, is listed.
File 13Item 10 Toronto Stock Exchange season's greeting card. - 1983. - 1 card; 16.8 x 20.3 cm.
Item is a greeting card sent out by the Toronto Stock Exchange. The card features a reproduction of a mixed media relief sculpture by General Idea entitled "Ursa Major and Taurus Pavilion Fragments from the Starry Vault" on the recto. The work was produced by General Idea for the main lobby of the new Toronto Stock Exchange.
File 13Item 11 Toronto Stock Exchange order form. - 1983?. - 1 sheet; 37.3 x 21.5 cm.
Item is a printed order form for a limited print by General Idea based on the "Ursa Major and Taurus" sculpture in the main lobby of the new Toronto Stock Exchange. The print was a limited edition of 100.

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1984 invitations, mailers

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Box 1File 14Item 1 General Idea: Media Works 1968-1984 mailer. - 1984. - 1 mailer: black printing on white paper, folded; 10.5 x 14.8 cm.
Item is a printed mailer announcing an exhibition by General Idea entitled "Media Works 1968-1984" at Stampa, Basel, 5 October - 3 November 1984.
File 14Item 2 The International Show mailer. - 1984. - 1 mailer; 10.2 x 15.3 cm.
Item is a printed mailer announcing a group exhibition General Idea participated in entitled "The International Show" at Baskerville and Watson, New York, New York, 15 May - 9 June 1984.
File 14Item 3 General Idea: Basel Kunsthalle mailer. - 1984. - 1 mailer; 14.8 x 10.3 cm.
Item is a printed mailer announcing an exhibition by General Idea at the Basel Kunsthalle, Basel, 29 September - 4 November 1984.
File 14Item 4 XXX Blue: Mondo Cane Kamasutra mailer. - 1984. - 1 mailer: folded; 10.5 x 14.8 cm.
Item is a printed mailer announcing an exhibition by General Idea entitled "Mondo Cane Kamasutra" at the Centre d'art contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland, 13 March - 20 April 1984. In addition, the mailer announces a performance by General Idea entitled "XXX Blue" which was done in conjunction with the exhibition on 10 March 1984.
File 14Item 5 Baby Makes Three mailer. - 1984. - 1 postcard mailer; 11.3 x 16.3 cm.
Item is a printed mailer announcing an exhibition by General Idea entitled "Baby Makes 3" at the Carmen Lamanna Gallery, Toronto, 7 -26 April 1984.
File 14Item 6 Vancouver Art Gallery: members calendar. - 1984. - 1 newsletter; 13.6 x 21.5 cm.
Item is a newsletter produced by the Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, which lists upcoming exhibitions and events. The newsletter announces an exhibition by General Idea entitled "General Idea's 1984" at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, June - August 1984.
File 14Item 7 Caniche a la monde exhibition pamphlet. - 1984. - 1 pamphlet: folded; 22.9 x 21.6 cm.
Item is a printed hand-out for an exhibition by General Idea entitled "Caniche a la mode" at Language Plus, Alma, Quebec, 21 March - 8 April 1984.
File 14Item 8 General Idea mailer. - 1984. - 1 mailer: folded card; 15 x 10.5 cm.
Item is a printed card with a printed tissue paper insert announcing an exhibition by General Idea at the Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Ghent, 24 November 1984 - 6 January 1985.

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1985 invitations, mailers

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Box 1File 15Item 1 International with Monument Gallery mailer. - 1985. - 1 postcard mailer: white printing on silver card; 9.5 x 13.6 cm.
Item is a printed mailer announcing a group exhibition which General Idea participated in at International with Monument Gallery, New York, New York, 5 - 22 December 1985.
File 15Item 2 General Idea 1968-1984 mailer. - 1985. - 1 postcard mailer; 10.4 x 14.8 cm.
Item is a printed mailer announcing an exhibition by General Idea at Stedilijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands, 1 January - 17 February 1985.
File 15Item 3 de Vleeshal mailer. - 1985. - 1 mailer: blue printing on white card; 10.5 x 14.9 cm.
Item is a printed mailer announcing an exhibition by General Idea entitled "Remnants of the Miss General Idea Pavilion" at de Vleeshal, Middelburg, Belgium, 19 January - 10 February 1985.
File 15Item 4 The 1984 Miss General Idea Pavilion mailer. - 1985. - 1 mailer: folded card; 15.2 x 11.7 cm.
Item is a printed mailer announcing an exhibition by General Idea entitled "The 1984 Miss General Idea Pavilion" at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, 26 April - 23 June 1985.
File 15Item 5 International with Monument Gallery mailer. - 1985. - 1 mailer: blue printing on white card; 12.1 x 13.3 cm.
Item is a printed mailer announcing a group exhibition which General Idea participated in at International with Monument Gallery, New York, New York, 12 June - 14 July 1985.
File 15Item 6 The 1984 Miss General Idea Pavilion mailer. - 1985. - 1 mailer; 22.2 x 9.9 cm.
Item is a printed mailer announcing an exhibition by General Idea entitled "The 1984 Miss General Idea Pavilion" at Musée d'art contemporain, Montreal, Quebec, 22 September - 3 November 1985.

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1986 invitations, mailers

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Box 1File 16Item 1 General Idea: International with Monument Gallery mailer. - 1986. - 1 postcard mailer: metallic blue printing on white card; 9.5 x 13.4 cm.
Item is a printed mailer announcing an exhibition by General Idea at International with Monument Gallery, New York, New York, 26 November - 21 December 1986.
File 16Item 2 General Idea: a retrospective of videotapes from 1977-1985 mailer. - 1986. - 1 mailer: black printing on white card; 13.3 x 10.2 cm.
Item is a printed mailer announcing an exhibition by General Idea entitled "A retrospective of videotapes from 1977-1985" at Forest City Gallery, London, Ontario, 31 January - 22 February 1986.
File 16Item 3 General Idea as part of Video Viewpoints mailer. - 1986. - 1 postcard mailer; 12.6 x 17.7 cm.
Item is a printed mailer announcing the screenings of videos by General Idea at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York, as part of the ninth season of Video Viewpoints, 1 December 1986.
File 16Item 4 The Armoury from the 1984 Miss General Idea Pavilion mailer. - 1986. - 1 mailer; 13 x 17.5 cm.
Item is a printed mailer announcing an exhibition by General Idea entitled "The Armoury from the 1984 Miss General Idea Pavilion" at the University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach, California, 4 November - 14 December 1986.
File 16Item 5 The Consul General of Canada: artist reception invitation. - 1986. - 1 sheet: blue printing on paper; 13 x 17.4 cm.
Item is a printed invitation for a reception for General Idea at the University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach, California, 4 November 1986. The reception was co-hosted by the University and The Consul General of Canada.
File 16Item 6 The Armoury of the 1984 Miss General Idea Pavilion mailer. - 1986. - 1 mailer; 12.8 x 17.8 cm.
Item is a printed invitation for an exhibition by General Idea entitled "The Armoury of the 1984 Miss General Idea Pavilion" at 49th Parallel, New York, New York, 13 September - 11 October 1986.
File 16Item 7 General Idea: Anish Kapoor: Melissa Miller mailer. - 1986. - 1 postcard mailer; 12.7 x 20.2 cm.
Item is a printed mailer announcing a group exhibition which General Idea participated in at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, 11 July - 24 August 1986.
File 16Item 8 General Idea: Galerie Montenay-Delsol mailer. - 1986. - 1 mailer: black and grey printing on white card; 15 x 20.9 cm.
Item is a printed mailer announcing an exhibition by General Idea at Galerie Montenay-Delsol, Paris, France, 24 April - 10 May 1986.
File 16Item 9 Mediated Narratives exhibition pamphlet. - 1986. - 1 pamphlet: black printing on white paper, folded; 21.6 x 17.8 cm.
Item is a printed hand-out which accompanied an exhibition entitled "Mediated Narratives" at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Massachusetts, September 1986.
Physical condition: Item has three holes punched through it.
File 16Item 10 ICA newsletter. - 1986. - 1 newsletter: folded; 19 x 25.5 cm.
Item is a printed newsletter by the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Massachusetts, listing upcoming exhibitions and events. An exhibition entitled "Mediated Narratives" which includes videos by General Idea is listed.
File 16Item 11 Playback cabaret poster. - 1986. - 1 poster; 43 x 27.9 cm.
Item is a poster announcing the first annual Western Canadian video festival, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, 3 -14 February 1986. General Idea's video entitled "Press Conference" was screened at the festival.
File 16Item 12 The 1986 new work show poster. - 1986. - 1 poster: black printing on white paper; 55.2 x 21.5 cm.
Item is a poster announcing a group exhibition which General Idea participated in entitled "The 1986 new work show" at Theatre Passe Muraille, Toronto, 22 - 25 September 1986.

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1987 invitations, mailers

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Box 1File 17Item 1 Material Fictions mailer. - 1987. - 1 mailer; 17.8 x 12.7 cm.
Item is a mailer announcing a group exhibition which General Idea participated in entitled "Material Fictions" at 49th Parallel, New York, New York, 12-26 September 1987.
File 17Item 2 Peter Blum edition mailer. - 1987. - 1 mailer; 17.8 x 12.7 cm.
Item is a mailer announcing a group exhibition which General Idea participated in at the Lorence Monk Gallery, New York, New York, 19 September - 10 October 1987. The mailer includes a handwritten annotation on the recto which is signed Peter.
File 17Item 3 Of ever-ever land I speak mailer. - 1987. - 1 mailer; 22.4 x 10.2 cm.
Item is a mailer announcing a group exhibition which General Idea participated in at Stux, New York, New York, 16 September - 9 October 1987.
File 17Item 4 The Armoury of the 1984 Miss General Idea Pavilion mailer. - 1987. - 1 mailer; 18.2 x 25.7 cm.
Item is a mailer announcing an exhibition by General Idea entitled "The Armoury of the 1984 Miss General Idea Pavilion" at the Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan, 1 - 23 August 1987.
File 17Item 5 Material Fictions exhibition pamphlet. - 1987. - 1 pamphlet, folded; 28 x 21.5 cm.
Item is an exhibition handout with accompanied the group exhibition entitled "Material Fictions" at 49th Parallel, New York, New York, 12 - 26 September 1987.
File 17Item 6 General Idea: International with Monument mailer. - 1987. - 1 mailer; 9.2 x 14.6 cm.
Item is a mailer announcing an exhibition by General Idea at International with Monument, New York, New York, 4 - 29 November 1987.

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1988 invitations, mailers

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Box 1File 18Item 1 Mondo Cane: destressed mailer. - 1988. - 1 mailer; 10.3 x 14.5 cm.
Item is a mailer announcing an exhibition by General Idea at Galerie Meyer-Hohmeister, Karlsruhe, 5 November - 23 December 1988.
File 18Item 2 General Idea: Stampa mailer. - 1988. - 1 mailer: black printing on white card; 10.5 x 14.8 cm.
Item is a mailer announcing an exhibition by General Idea at Stampa, Basel, Switzerland, 14 April - 4 June 1988.
File 18Item 3 General Idea: Koury Wingate mailer. - 1988. - 1 mailer; 15.4 x 20.4 cm.
Item is a mailer announcing an exhibition by General Idea at Koury Wingate, New York, New York, 7 May - 4 June 1988.
File 18Item 4 The Window on Broadway: an installation by General Idea pamphlet. - 1988. - 1 pamphlet; 30.4 x 15.4 cm.
Item is a hand-out which accompanied General Idea's AIDS installation in a window on Broadway, New York, New York, 9 December 1988 - 12 February 1989.
File 18Item 5 The public and private domains of Miss General Idea mailer. - 1988. - 1 mailer; 27.8 x 21.5 cm.
Item is a mailer announcing an exhibition by General Idea at Artspace, San Francisco, California, 12 January - 5 March 1988.

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1989 invitations, mailers

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Box 1File 19Item 1 General Idea Neue multiple edition mailer. - 1989. - 1 postcard mailer; 10.5 x 14.8 cm.
Item is a mailer announcing an exhibition by General Idea at Dorrie Priess Galerie, Hamburg, Germany, 21 October - 25 November 1989.
File 19Item 2 AIDS: New York City subway car mailer. - 1989. - 1 postcard mailer; 12.5 x 18 cm.
Item is a mailer which accompanied an installation of AIDS posters by General Idea in New York City subway cars in December 1989.
File 19Item 3 AIDS: Times Square mailer. - 1989. - 1 postcard mailer; 12.7 x 17.8 cm.
Item is a mailer which accompanied an installation of General Idea's AIDS piece on the computer animation Spectacolour lightboard at One Times Square, New York, New York, 1 - 30 September 1989.
File 19Item 4 General Idea: silkscreen portfolio mailer. - 1989. - 1 mailer; 20.8 x 12.4 cm.
Item is a mailer announcing the exhibition of a silkscreen portfolio by General Idea on view in the works on paper gallery at Evelyn Aimis Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, 16 March - 8 April 1989.
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Item 5 Nightschool: the Academy of the Miss General Idea Pavilion mailer. - 1989. - 1 mailer; 20.9 x 14.8 cm.
Item is a mailer announcing an exhibition by General Idea at Mai 36 Galerie, Lucerne, Switzerland, 16 June - 23 July 1989.
File 19Item 6 Video Folkwang mailer. - 1989. - 1 mailer.
Item is a mailer announcing a screening of a video by General Idea at the Museum Folkwang Essen and Kunstring Folkwang Essen, Essen, Germany, 2 March 1989.
File 19Item 7 General Idea: Hilman Holland mailer. - 1989. - 1 mailer; 34.4 x 25.3 cm.
Item is a mailer announcing an exhibition by General Idea at the Hillman Holland Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia, 15 January - 23 February 1989.

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1990 invitations, mailers

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Box 1File 20Item 1 Fin de Siècle mailer. - 1990. - 1 postcard mailer; 17.7 x 12.8 cm.
Item is a mailer announcing an exhibition by General Idea at Koury Wingate, New York, New York, 3 - 24 March 1990.
File 20Item 2 General Idea: Milan mailer. - 1990. - 1 mailer; 10.4 x 21.3 cm.
Item is a mailer announcing an exhibition by General Idea at Massimo de Carlo Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy, 5 December 1990.

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1991 invitations, mailers

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Box 1File 21Item 1 Maracaibo mailer. - 1991. - 1 postcard mailer; 10.8 x 15.2 cm.
Item is a mailer announcing an exhibition of ten Cibachrome photographs by General Idea at Feature, New York, New York, 31 May - 7 June 1991. The photographs were a boxed set of ten, produced in an edition of ten.
File 21Item 2 AIDS: Barcelona mailer. - 1991. - 1 mailer; 15.1 x 10.5 cm.
Item is a mailer announcing an exhibition by General Idea at La Fundacio Joan Miro, Barcelona, Spain, 21 March - 28 April 1991.
File 21Item 3 General Idea: S.L. Simpson mailer. - 1991. - 1 mailer; 12.8 x 17.9 cm.
Item is a mailer announcing an exhibition by General Idea at the S.L. Simpson Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, 3 October - 5 November 1991.
File 21Item 4 General Idea: Stampa mailer. - 1991. - 1 mailer: black printing on yellow card; 11.6 x 19 cm.
Item is a mailer announcing an exhibition by General Idea at Stampa, Basel, Switzerland, 26 March - 25 May 1991.
File 21Item 5 Green: Permanent: Placebo mailer. - 1991. - 1 mailer; 10 x 21 cm.
Item is a mailer announcing an exhibition by General Idea at Daniel Buchholz, Cologne, Germany, 15 November - 14 December 1991.
File 21Item 6 AIDS: Barcelona pamphlet. - 1991. - 1 pamphlet; 29.8 x 20.8 cm.
Item is a exhibition hand-out which accompanied an exhibition by General Idea at La Fundacio Joan Miro, Barcelona, Spain, 21 March - 28 April 1991.

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1992 invitations, mailers

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Box 1File 22Item 1 General Idea: Pharma©opia mailer. - 1992. - 1 mailer; 10 x 16 cm.
Item is a mailer announcing the opening of an exhibition by General Idea at the Centre d'art Santa Monica, Barcelona, Spain, 15 September, 1992.
File 22Item 2 General Idea's Fin de Siècle mailer. - 1992. - 1 mailer; 21 x 10.8 cm.
Item is a mailer announcing an exhibition by General Idea at the Kunstverein, Hamburg, Germany, 27 November - 3 January, 1992.
File 22Item 3 General Idea's Fin de Siècle pamphlet. - 1992. - 1 pamphlet with enclosure; 21 x 10.8 cm.
Item is a pamphlet announcing an exhibition by General Idea at the Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, Germany, 30 April - 14 June, 1992.
Enclosure announces the preview for the exhibition at the Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, Germany, 29 April, 1992.
File 22Item 4 General Idea: Galerie Montenay mailer. - 1992. - 1 postcard mailer: purple printing on white card; 15 x 21 cm.
Item is a mailer announcing an exhibition by General Idea at the Galerie Montenay, Paris, France, 2 - 27 April, 1992.
File 22Item 5 General Idea: Magi© Bullet: stu xxx mailer. - 1992. - 1 postcard mailer: red printing on green card; 10.3 x 23 cm.
Item is a mailer announcing an exhibition by General Idea at the Stux Gallery, New York, USA, 2 - 23 May, 1992.

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1993 invitations, mailers

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Box 1File 23Item 1 Aids in the 1990s: Art Analysis Action pamphlet. - 1993. - 1 pamphlet: blue; 14.6 x 22 cm.
Item is a pamphlet announcing education programs in conjunction with General Idea's Fin de Siècle exhibition at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio State University, USA, 8 May - 3 July, 1993.
File 23Item 2 Multiples and Works on Paper mailer. - 1993. - 1 mailer; 11.6 x 15.8 cm.
Item is a mailer announcing the opening for an exhibition by Donald Baechler, Werner Büttner, Hanne Darboven, General Idea, Joseph Kosuth, Dan Peterman, Kay Rosen, Nicolaus Schafhausen, Rosemarie Trockel and Lawrence Weiner at the Helga Maria Klosterfelde Edition at Feature, New York, USA, 20 October, 1993. Exhibition continues through 13 November, 1993.
File 23Item 3 General Idea: Fin de Siècle : Wexner Centre for the Arts invitation. - 1993. - 1 invitation: pink, blue; 15.4 x 11.5 cm.
Item is an invitation to the members' opening for an exhibition by General Idea at the Wexner Centre for the Arts, Ohio State University, USA, Friday, 7 May, 1993.
File 23Item 4 General Idea: S. L. Simpson Gallery mailer. - 1993. - 1 postcard mailer: gold; 12.7 x 18 cm.
Item is a mailer announcing an exhibition by General Idea at the S. L. Simpson Gallery, Toronto, Canada, 4 - 30 March, 1993.
File 23Item 5 Videotapes by General Idea: National Gallery of Canada pamphlet. - 1993. - 1 pamphlet; 22.4 x 9.8 cm.
Iterm is a pamphlet produced in conjunction with an exhibition by General Idea at the National Gallery of Canada, 12 August - 10 October, 1993.
File 23Item 6 General Idea: Fin de Siècle : SFMOMA invitation. - 1993. - 1 invitation; 23 x 10 cm.
Item is an invitation to the private members' reception for an exhibition by General Idea at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 21 July, 1993. Exhibition on view 22 July - 5 September, 1993.
File 23Item 7 The Armoury of the 1984 Miss General Idea Pavillion and related works: Art Gallery of Ontario mailer. - 1993. - 1 mailer; 23.8 x 10 cm.
Item is a mailer announcing the opening of an exhibition by General Idea at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada, Monday, 18 October, 1993.
File 23Item 8 General Idea: Fin de Siècle : The Power Plant invitation. - 1993. - 1 invitation: green; 10.4 x 23 cm.
Item is an invitation to the opening of an exhibition by General Idea at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto, Canada, 5 March, 1993. Exhibition continues through 18 April, 1993.

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1994 invitations, mailers

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Box 1File 24Item 1 General Idea: tekeningen = drawings 1989 - 1993: Stedelijk Museum mailer. - 1994. - 1 mailer; 17.5 x 12.5 cm.
Item is a mailer announcing an exhibition of drawings by General Idea in connection with 'Commitment', the annual presentation on the occasion of World AIDS Day by the Stedelijk Museum, Netherlands, 1 December, 1994 - 8 January, 1995.
File 24Item 2 General Idea: Infe©tions invitation. - 1994. - 1 invitation: blue, green, red printing on white card; 15 x 21 cm.
Item is an invitation to the opening of an exhibition by General Idea at the World Wide Video Centre, The Haag, Netherlands, 5 November, 1994.

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1995 invitations, mailers

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Box 1File 25Item 1 General Idea, Cindy Sherman, Laurie Simmons: S. L. Simpson mailer. - 1995. - 1 mailer: gold; 12.8 x 17.9 cm.
Item is a mailer announcing an exhibition by General Idea, Cindy Sherman and Laurie Simmons at the S. L. Simpson Gallery, Toronto, Canada, 7 - 28 July, 1995.
File 25Item 2 General Idea: S. L. Simpson mailer. - 1995. - 1 mailer: gold; 12.8 x 17.9 cm.
Item is a mailer announcing an exhibition by General Idea at the S. L. Simpson Gallery, Toronto, Canada, 1 June - 4 July, 1995.
File 25Item 3 General Idea: in collaboration with S. L. Simpson Gallery, Toronto: Galerie René Blouin mailer. - 1995. - 1 mailer: green printing on white card; 10.4 x 23.4 cm.
Item is a mailer announcing an exhibition by General Idea at the Galerie René Blouin, Montreal, Quebec, 2 September - 14 October, 1995.

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1996 invitations, mailers

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Box 1File 26Item 1 Sarah Charlesworth: Hannah Collins: General Idea: Laurie Simmons: Carolyn White: S. L. Simpson mailer. - 1995. - 1 mailer: gold; 12.8 x 17.9 cm.
Item is a mailer announcing an exhibition by Sarah Charlesworth, Hannah Collins, General Idea, Laurie Simmons and Carolyn White at the S. L. Simpson Gallery, Toronto, Canada, 4 - 30 January, 1996.
File 26Item 2 fifty: the 50th anniversary of the volunteer committee: volunteer committee acquisitions: Art Gallery of Ontario pamphlet. - 1995. - 1 pamphlet: red printing; 29.6 x 17.8 cm.
Item is a pamphlet (produced in conjunction with an exhibition?) listing acquisitions made by the Art Gallery of Ontario over the past fifty years through its volunteer committee. One of these is General Idea's "The Armoury of the 1984 Miss General Idea Pavillion" which also appears on the cover of the pamphlet.

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1969: Match my strike

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Box 1File 27Item 1 Match My Strike!: One Night Only!:...at the Poor Alex Theatre poster. - 1969. - 1 poster, affixed to 1 sheet of black paper with specifications for the performance on the verso; 28.8 x 38.8 cm.
Item is an advertisement for a multimedia performance put on by George Saia (Jorge Zontal) at the Poor Alex Theatre, Toronto, 30 August, 1969. The order for the performance and the items used in the performance are specified in a typed list glued to the verso.

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1969: Belly food

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Box 1File 28Item 1 George Saia's Belly Food 8 oz.: sticker. - 1969. - 1 sticker: purple, gold; 7.8 x 14.7 cm.
Item is a sticker for Jorge Zontal's multimedia performance.

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1969: Off hand

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Box 1File 29Item 1 Ron Gabe Off Hand. - 1969. - 1 photocopy; 20.8 x 16.5.
Item is a photocopy of one photograph of Felix Partz in a series of frames, taken from the publicity for the artist's first one-man show.
File 29Item 2 Ron Gabe Off Hand. - 1969. - 2 photographs, affixed to 1 piece of black paper; 28 x 21.5 cm.
Item is a sheet of black paper with photographs from Felix Partz's first one-man show affixed to the page and to its verso.
File 29Item 3 Ron Gabe Off Hand. - 1969. - 2 photographs, affixed to 1 piece of black paper with newspaper clipping on verso; 28 x 21.5 cm.
Item is a sheet of black paper with two photographs from the installation of Felix Partz's first one-man show affixed to the page and a Globe and Mail clipping from 17 January, 1970 describing the exhibition affixed to its verso.

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1969: God is my gigolo

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Box 1File 30Item 1 God is my gigolo. - 1969. - 2 photographs, affixed to 1 piece of black paper and to its verso; 14.5 x 21.5 cm.
Item is one sheet of black paper with one photograph from the General Idea 16 mm film affixed to one side of the page and another affixed to its verso.

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1970: Canvas weaving

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Box 1File 31Item 1 Canvas weaving. - 1970. - 1 photograph; 25.5 x 20.5 cm.
Item is a photograph from the creation of Canvas Weaving by General Idea.
File 31Item 2 Canvas weaving. - 1970. - 4 photographs, affixed to 1 sheet of black paper; 28 x 21.5 cm.
Item is a series of photographs of the members of General Idea working on Canvas Weaving.
File 31Item 3 Canvas weaving. - 1970. - 4 photographs, affixed to 1 sheet of black paper; 28 x 21.5 cm.
Item is a series of photographs of the members of General Idea working on Canvas Weaving.

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1970: What happened

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Box 1File 32Item 1 What happened. - 1970. - 1 photograph, affixed to 1 sheet of black paper; 28 x 21.5 cm.
Item is a photograph of the performance by General Idea, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, Toronto, Canada, 1970.
File 32Item 2 Festival of Underground Theatre, Toronto: What Happened: Based on the text by Gertrude Stein: Telex transmissions. - 1970. - 1 paper; 15 x 21.8 cm.
Item is a description of an sequence for the telex performance event by General Idea at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, Toronto, Canada, 1970.
File 32Item 3 What happened: page from publication: Michael Tims demonstrates trouser opening. - 1970. - 1 paper; 20.8 x 21 cm.
Item is page torn from a publication representing a series of photographic frames from the performance of General Idea's What happened at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, Toronto, Canada, 1970.
File 32Item 4 What happened: A Five Act Play: telex print-out. - 1970. - 3 papers; 22.8 x 21.8 cm.
Item is a telex print out from the telex performance event by General Idea, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, Toronto, Canada, 19 August, 1970.

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1970: Betty's

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Box 1File 33Item 1 Authentic unreality: newspaper clipping. - 1970. - 1 newspaper article, affixed to 1 sheet of black paper; 56 x 40 cm.
Item is a newspaper article from the Woman's Globe and Mail, 22 January, 1970, detailing the buying up and exhibition of 1940s dress shop stock by George Saia, Ron Terril and Ken Coupland.
File 33Item 2 Betty's: photograph. - 1970. - 1 photograph, affixed to 1 sheet of black paper; 28 x 21.5 cm.
Item is a photograph of women dressed in Forties fashion.
File 33Item 3 Too attractive for words. - 1970. - 1 mailer, affixed to 1 sheet of paper; 28 x 21.5 cm.
Item is a mailer for an exhibition of retro clothing and models by General Idea at Betty's, 78 Gerrard St. W., 1970.
File 33Item 4 Betty's: photograph. - 1970. - 1 photograph; 19 x 12 cm.
Item is a photograph of women dressed in Forties fashion at Betty's, 78 Gerrard St. W., 1970.

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1970: Line project

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Box 1File 34Items 1 - 10 General Idea invites you to contribute to the project 'LINE': #1 - 10. - 1970. - 10 photocopies; 28 x 21.8 cm.
Item is a series of the forms that were used by General Idea to enrol participants in their exhibition for the 'Concept 70' show, Nightingale Gallery, Toronto, 7 - 14 June, 1970.
File 34Item 11 Map of Toronto. - 1970. - 1 photocopy; 28 x 21.8 cm.
Item is a map of the City of Toronto, with lines drawn onto it to show the positions of the participants in General Idea's 'LINE' project for the 'Concept 70' show, Nightingale Gallery, Toronto, 7 - 14 June, 1970.
File 34Item 12 'LINE' project: photographs. - 1970. - 4 photographs, affixed to 1 piece of black paper; 28 x 21.5 cm.
Item is one piece of black paper with two photographs for the General Idea exhibition for the 'Concept 70' show, held at the Nightingale Gallery, Toronto, 7 - 14 June, 1970 on the front of the page and two on its verso.

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1970: Miss General Idea pageant

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Box 1File 35Item 1 The 1970 Miss General Idea Pageant. - 1970. - 1 pamphlet; 11.8 x 11.8 cm.
Item is a pamphlet from the programme performed and recorded by General Idea at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, Toronto, Canada, August, 1970.

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1971: Miss General Idea pageant

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Box 1File 36Item 1 The 1971 Miss General Idea Pageant Ballot. - 1971. - 6 ballots; 7 x 14.8 cm.
Item is a pad of ballots for the 1971 Miss General Idea Pageant performed and recorded by General Idea at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada, 1 October, 1971.
File 36Item 2 Beauty without cruelty: Admit One to the 1971 Miss General Idea Pageant Grand Awards Ceremony. - 1971. - 1 ticket; 6 x 11.5 cm.
Item is one ticket for the Miss General Idea Pageant Grand Awards Ceremony, performed and recorded by General Idea at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada, 1 October, 1971.
File 36Item 3 Art Gallery of Ontario Coming Events: September/December, 1971. - 1971. - 1 booklet; 22 x 14 cm.
Item contains a listing for the 1971 Miss General Idea Pageant, performed and recorded by General Idea at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada, 1 October, 1971.
File 36Item 4 Art Gallery of Ontario Coming Events: September/December, 1971. - 1971. - 1 photocopy; 22 x 14 cm.
Item is one photocopied page, with information about the 1971 Miss General Idea Pageant, from the Art Gallery of Ontario Coming Events booklet, September/December, 1971.
File 36Items 5 - 6 The 1971 Miss General Idea Pageant newsletter. - 1971. - 1 photocopy, 2 pages; 28 x 21.8 cm.
Item is a photocopied newsletter written by General Idea describing arrangements for the Miss General Idea Pageant 1971 show at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, 1 October, 1971.
File 36Item 7 Miss General Idea Pageant. - 1971. - 1 photocopy; 28 x 21.8 cm.
Item consists of a photocopy of a photographic design from the material for the Miss General Idea Pageant show at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, 1 October, 1971.
File 36Item 8 Artist's Conception; Miss General Idea 1971. - 1971. - 1 photocopy; 28 x 21.8 cm.
Item consists of a photocopy of a photograph from the Miss General Idea Pageant entry kit material put together by General Idea for the Miss General Idea Pageant show at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, 1 October, 1971.
File 36Item 9 The 1971 Miss General Idea Pageant letter. - 1971. - 1 photocopy: orange; 28 x 21.8 cm.
Item consists of a copy of a letter concerning the Miss General Idea Pageant show at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, 1 October, 1971; dated 9 June, 1971; addressed to Dennis Young, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; and signed by General Idea.
File 36Items 10 - 12 The 1971 Miss General Idea Beauty Pageant. - 1971. - 1 folder, with 2 enclosures: 1 nomination reply card: 1 photograph: white lettering on peach card; 30.8 x 23 cm.
Item consists of one entry kit folder with the words 1971 Miss General Idea Beauty Pageant printed on it. Within it, is one response card for the Miss General Idea nomination addressed to General Idea, 87 Yonge Street, Ontario, Canada, with a printed return envelope also addressed to General Idea, 87 Yonge Street, Ontario, Canada. Within the folder as well, there is a photograph of a contestant in the Miss General Idea Pageant which formed part of the Miss General Idea Beauty Pageant Entry Kit.
File 37Items 1 - 3 The 1971 Miss General Idea Pageant: Art Gallery of Ontario: artscanada article. - 1971. - 3 photocopied pages; 28 x 21.5 cm.
Item is a photocopy of the December 1971 artscanada review of the Miss General Idea Pageant show performed and recorded by General Idea at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada, 1 October, 1971.

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1971: Shoe journal

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Box 1File 38Item 1 Shoe Journal: Illustrations and text supplied by George Saia: A General Idea Production booklet. - 1971. - 8 folded leaflets; 15 x 11 cm.
Item is a copy of a booklet printed by General Idea.

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1971: Looking ahead

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Box 1File 39Item 1 Looking ahead: General Idea. - 1971. - 1 card: pink; 7.2 x 5.3 cm.
Item is a card printed by General Idea.

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1971: Image bank postcard show

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Box 1File 40Item 1 Image Bank postcard show postcard. - 1971. - 1 postcard; 9 x 14 cm.
Item is a postcard by General Idea from the Image Bank postcard show, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada, 1970 - 1971.

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1972: If I live to be a hundred, I'll never be able to forgive myself for

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Box 1File 41Item 1 Dear General Idea: If I live to be a hundred, I'll never be able to forgive myself for:. - 1972. - 1 paper; 28 x 21.5 cm.
Item is a paper pre-printed with a checklist on its front and a mailer, addressed to General Idea, 87 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada on its verso.

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1972: No mean feet

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Box 1File 42Item 1 General Idea is pleased to announce that Granada Gazelle & Jorge Saia will antic across the Atlantic for their two month performance of a European Dance Engagement No Mean Feet. - 1972. - 1 card; 12.8 x 10.8 cm.
Item is a card printed by General Idea announcing the exhibition No Mean Feet, 3 July - 3 September, 1972, 87 Yonge St., Toronto, Canada.

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1976: General Idea (Manhattan) business card

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Box 1File 43Item 1 General Idea (Manhattan) business card. - 1976. - 1 business card: white; 5 x 9 cm.
Item is a business card for General Idea in Manhattan, New York City, USA, printed with the artist group's New York address, telephone number, and the names of its members.

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1977: Image Bank postcard show

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Box 1File 44Item 1 Michael Morris: Miss General Idea 1971 - 1983 postcard. - 1977. - 1 postcard; 10 x 15.3 cm.
Item is a postcard by General Idea for the 1977 Image Bank postcard show.

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1991: blanc, blanc, blanc

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Box 1File 45Item 1 General Idea: AIDS, AIDS, AIDS: Blan©, Blan©, Blan© card. - 1991. - 1 card: gold printing on white card; 8 x 10.5 cm.
Item is a card printed by General Idea for the Konischer Kunsterein exhibition, 1991.

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Correspondence

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Box 2File 1Correspondence: from AA Bronson. - 1972-1985. - 1 file folder; 1.3 cm.
File contains personal correspondence addressed to various members of General Idea in addition to staff at Art Metropole, Toronto.
File 2Correspondence: from Felix Partz. - 1972. - 1 file folder; 1.2 cm.
File contains personal correspondence from Felix Partz.
File 3Correspondence: from Jorge Zontal. - 1972. - 1 file folder; 0.6 cm.
File contains personal correspondence from Jorge Zontal.
File 4Correspondence: from Granada Gazelle. - 1972. - 1 file folder; 1.3 cm.
File contains personal correspondence from Granada Gazelle.
File 5Correspondence: from Mimi Paige. - 1972-1976. - 1 file folder; 0.4 cm.
File contains personal correspondence from Mimi Paige.
File 6Correspondence: from PJ. - 1972. - 1 file folder; 1.3 cm.
File contains personal correspondence from PJ.
File 7Correspondence: to Felix Partz from Judith Lane. - 1971-1972. - 1 file folder; 1.2 cm.
File contains personal correspondence from Judith Lane to Felix Partz.
File 8Correspondence: to General Idea from Miss Generality: Margaret Coleman. - 1972. - 1 file folder; 0.4 cm.
File contains personal correspondence from Miss Generality, a.k.a. Margaret Coleman.
File 9Correspondence: mail art collage. - 1972. - 1 file folder; 0.1 cm.
File contains two postcards which have been forwarded through the mail to individuals who have added to the original item. Both items originated with Ray Johnson who sent them to Richard C, who then sent them to Terry Reid, who forwarded them to Catherine of Everything Associates, and then to General Idea.
File 10Correspondence: miscellaneous to General Idea. - 1972-1984. - 1 file folder; 2 cm.
File contains correspondence addressed to General Idea from various individuals.
File 11Correspondence: miscellaneous to General Idea. - 1971-1981. - 1 file folder; 2.6 cm.
File contains correspondence addressed to General Idea from various individuals.
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Box 3File 1Correspondence: miscellaneous to General Idea. - 1971-1976. - 1 file folder; 2.5 cm.
File contains correspondence addressed to General Idea from various individuals.
File 2Clippings file: originals. - 1979-1984. - 1 file folder; 2.9 cm.
File contains newspaper clippings featuring articles on General Idea.

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Clippings file

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Box 3File 3Clippings file: originals. - 1985-1994. - 1 file folder; 1.3 cm.
File contains newspaper clippings, excerpted articles from periodical and art periodical magazines, and press releases on General Idea.

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Periodicals

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Box 3File 4Periodicals. - 1973-1980. - 1 file folder.
File contains 4 periodicals that include articles on General Idea.

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