Exhibition Research Centre LJMU: PLEASE COME TO THE SHOW Exhibition Ephemera from The Museum of Modern Art Library

lynn_foulkes_its_a_great_showfront_SM14 February – 11 April

Monday – Friday 10.00 – 17.00


Private View: 13 February, 18.00 – 20.00

Initiated and curated by David Senior
Designed by John Webster

PLEASE COME TO THE SHOW brings together innovative printed invitations, posters and flyers from the 1960s to the present from The MoMA Library collection. The selection traces ways in which artists, designers and galleries have used invitation cards and other printed ephemera as part of their staging of conceptual works, installations, performances and other time-based events.


As libraries and archives actively work towards collecting digital content and as galleries and museums phase out their printed invitations, PLEASE COME TO THE SHOW offers the timely opportunity to reflect on the various forms the printed invitation has taken in recent art practices.

This is the only international venue for the exhibition, first shown at The Museum of Modern Art Library, New York, from May to September 2013. The ERC display will be accompanied by a book – to be published by Occasional Papers and launched in April 2014 – with new essays by Gustavo Grandal Montero, Will Holder, Antony Hudek, Angie Keefer, Clive Phillpot and David Senior.