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Andy Warhol Museum: Call for artists!

Every year, the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA hosts a month of events under the title Youth Invasion. During Youth Invasion, local teenagers literally take over the museum--hosting parties, and even curating an exhibit.

This year, I, postcardx user Michael OB and a few other kids, we have chosen to curate an exhibit centered on mail art. For this, we are requesting submissions of postcards (both handmade and not) for our exhibit.

The exhibit's titled 39 Cents and Rising: What is the Mail Worth to You?, and below is a little more abstract information about it.


As long as there has been civilization, there has been mail. From the most simple practice of hand delivering a letter, to the US government experiments in attaching letters to rockets for transatlantic delivery, to the romanticism of the Pony Express, no matter how the methods have changed, the idea behind mail never will.

The idea behind it is simple. Mail connects people. It connects us on a variety of levels—whether personally, as a matter of business, or as art, mail establishes an unbreakable bond between two or more people whether they’re a neighborhood or a whole continent away.

Mail as art has flourished for years in the hands of people like Ray Johnson. The most simple drawing—perhaps that of a bunny—can become something incredible when we excavate it from the recesses of an envelope.

A simple letter, too, can become a literary masterpiece. The poet Charles Bukowski often wrote letters to his friends and literary associates, and they don’t seem extraordinary at first glance. A pronounced lyricism and poetic energy in these letters makes them fantastic stretches into pushing the boundaries as to what mail art really is. It’s not always intentional or even visual; mail art can be literary, too.

When we mail a letter or a postcard or anything else, we send a piece of ourselves with it. We send a piece of ourselves into the hands of a friend or lover, an acquaintance or even a total stranger with the help of revolutionary websites like postcrossing.com and postcardx.net. It doesn’t always even matter who, but when we send a piece of ourselves to somewhere far away, we feel like we’ve touched that place.

Mail binds us like the stitches on the fabric of humanity.


Unfortunately, your postcard(s) will probably non returnable. You can mail them individually (or several in an envelope if you'd like to be thrifty) to the following address:

39 Cents and Rising
c/o Michael O'Brien
616 Blanton Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15207
United States of America

Unfortunately, we're yet to aqquire an address at the museum we can use for this, so you can send them directly to me.

If you'll be in the Pittsburgh area, the exhibit opens with the Youth Invasion kick-off event on May 5th, and will be on display throughout the month. More information can be found here:



Submissions should be received by May 1st. While you're work will most likely be exhibited, the YI curatorial comittee and the Andy Warhol Museum reserve the right to refuse submissions that we deam irrelevant, offensive, or obscene. Thank you for your time, and feel free to email me if you have further questions or concerns.

--Michael O'Brien
Curator, 39 Cents and Rising
email: michaelobrien2725@gmail.com
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