Information (1970 exhibition)

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An exhibition curated by Kynaston McShine and held at MoMA in New York between 2 July and 20 September 1970.

The exhibition presented videos and installations by 100 American and European artists (e.g. Vito Acconci, Art & Language, Daniel Buren, Jan Dibbets, Hans Haacke, Dennis Oppenheim, Edward Ruscha, Robert Smithson, or Jeff Wall). It included an early example of dealing with publicly accessible archives within the context of an exhibition and some of the participating artists confronted the issues of political and media based contents: Haacke established MoMA Poll as a first link between the areas of politics and the museum by presenting an open poll on the way the Rockefeller family acted with regard to Nixon's plans in Indochina.

"With an artworld that knows more readily about current work, through reproductions and the wide dissemination of information via periodicals, and that has been altered by television, films and satellites, as well as the “jet,” it is now possible for artists to be truly international; exchange with their peers is now comparatively simple. The art historian’s problem of who did what first is almost getting to the point of having to date by the hour. Increasingly artists use mail, telegrams, telex machines, etc., for transmission of works themselves—photographs, films, documents—or of information about their activity. For both artists and their public it is a stimulating and open situation, and certainly less parochial than even five years ago.It is no longer imperative for an artist to be in Paris or New York. Those far from the “art centers” contribute more easily, without the ooften artificial protocol that at one time seemed essential for recognition."
(source: Kynaston McShine, "Introduction to Information", in the catalogue)



  • Mary Anne Staniszewski, "A Shift in Responsibilities: The Information Show and Conceptual Art at MoMA", in Staniszewski, The Power of Display: A History of Exhibition Installations at the Museum of Modern Art, MIT Press, 1998, pp 269-280. (English)
  • Ken Allan, "Understanding Information", in Conceptual Art: Theory, Myth, and Practice, ed. Michael Corris, Cambridge University Press, 2003, pp 144-168. (English)
  • Eve Meltzer, "The Dream of the Information World", Oxford Art Journal 29:1 (2006), pp 115-135. (English)
  • Doreen Mende, "Information / 02.07. – 20.09.1970, Museum of Modern Art, New York", Displayer 1, Karlsruhe: HfG, Apr 2007, pp 31-40. Incl. 2006 interviews with Adrian Piper (EN) and Hans Haacke (DE). (German),(English)
  • Adam Lauder, Executive Fictions: Revisiting Information, Montreal: Concordia University, 2010. Master's thesis. (English)

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