It is fun to discover the On Kawara Postcards: I Got Up that were on exhibit last year at the Guggenheim.
On this day – October 21, 1959, the Guggenheim Museum opened in New York City.
The I Got Up series of postcards: 2 different recipients – 2 postcards per day, every day – for 12 years between 1968 and 1979 – Totals over 8000 Postcards!
For the series I Got Up (1968–79), Kawara sent two postcards every day to friends, family members, collectors, and colleagues. On each postcard, he stamped the date, his name, his current address, the name and address of the recipient, and the phrase I GOT UP AT (always in English and capital letters) followed by the time he rose from bed.”
To read the full summary here is a link from Guggenheim Overview on Postcards: I Got Up.
It was part of the On Kawara—Silence exhibition from last Feb-May 2015. It was of his work from 1964-2014 of which the I Got Up was included.
This short YouTube from Guggenheim Museum On Kawara: Self-Observation includes explaining there were over 8000 postcards! They share how he stopped sending the postcards – his briefcase that contained his stamp kit was stolen.
As we head into the fourth of five weekends in October wishing you an inspiring day. Perhaps you will consider having your own unique stamp(s) made for use on your own future correspondence – I know I am – stay tuned!
On Kawara Postcards: I Got Up Attribution & Thank you to the following who are referenced today —
Image above upper left cover On Kawara _ Silence Hardcover – March 24, 2015 by
History.com This Day In History: October 21 – 1959 Guggenheim Museum opens in New York City
Image above postcard and excerpt Guggenheim Overview Arts Curriculum From: On Kawara – Silence guggenheim.org/onkawara #onkawara
This YouTube from Guggenheim Museum On Kawara: Self-Observation published on Feb 6, 2015