Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Ray Johnson | Meeting for Anna May Wong
From COSMIC RAY: An open letter to the founder of the New York Correspondence School by David Bourdon (Art in America, October 1995):
"Movie stars and art legends inspired many of your subsequent gatherings. "A Meeting for Dame May Whitty" occurred at the David Whitney Gallery in November 1970. The "First Marcel Duchamp Fan Club Meeting" was held at the Church of The Holy Trinity, on the Upper East Side, in April 1971; the announcement promised that "the role of Teeny Duchamp will be played by Ultra Violet." (Those belles were linked in your mind because, two years earlier, I had invited the three of you to dinner.) In June 1972, you held a "Meeting for Anna May Wong" at the New York Cultural Center; the model Naomi Sims impersonated the sultry actress. The "Paloma Picasso Fan Club Meeting" took place at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts in April 1974. Shelley Duvall rated two fan club meetings, in 1976 and 1977. You organized a "David Letterman Fan Club Meeting and Performance" at the C.W. Post college campus in Nassau County in April 1983. The talk-show host initially seemed an unlikely choice for your pantheon, until we realized that, like Norman the mailer, David is a letterman."