Vol. 8

BMCS, Black Mountain College Studies
Blake Hobby, Executive Editor
Alessandro Porco, Associate Editor
Jacob Riley, Editorial Assistant

Celebrating 50 Years of  The Paper Snake

Michael von Uchtrup, Guest Editor

This journal volume marks 50 years of The Paper Snake (1965) and “Something Else Entirely:
Ray Johnson, Dick Higgins and the Making of The Paper Snake” (BMCM+AC Exhibition)

 

Ray Johnson, “Red Snakes,” color photocopy, 1980s. Copyright the Ray Johnson Estate, courtesy of Richard L. Feigen, & Co. Click to open images in a separate page.

Contents
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Remarks from the BMCM+AC Program Director
by Alice Sebrell
Introduction, Names Appearing in The Paper Snake, and Related Publications
by Michael von Uchtrup, Guest Editor
Brief Biographies for Ray Johnson and Dick Higgins
Dust-Jacket Copy for The Paper Snake
by Bill Wilson
“Always It Is Something Else”: Relevant Quotations for The Paper Snake
by Michael von Uchtrup
The Hatching of The Paper Snake
by Dick Higgins
David Bourdon and Ray Johnson, Junior Discuss Dick Higgins
by Ray Johnson
What Did Raynaud and When Did He Know It? Interview with Alison Knowles
by Mark Bloch
Some Things Else about Something Else Press
by Barbara Moore
On Ray Johnson in New York, 1965
by Marie Tavroges Stilkind
Ray Johnson and Dick Higgins: Reciprocities
by Bill Wilson
Thoughts on Dick Higgins’  The Paper Snake
by Clive Phillpot
On Ray Johnson’s The Paper Snake
by Frances Beatty and Elizabeth Zuba
Further Reading on Ray Johnson and The Paper Snake

Front cover of The Paper Snake by Ray Johnson. New York: Something Else Press, 1965

 

 

 

 

 

Ray Johnson among his collages in his Dover Street apartment, New York, 1959. Photo by Dick Higgins, reproduced on the back cover of The Paper Snake. Courtesy of Maria & Walter Schnepel, Bremen “Ray Johnson in Context (late 1959): Ray Johnson … preferred not to be photographed. But I wanted to try to capture a bit of is spirit on film. So I went to visit him, bringing a mirror with me. And we piled up some of his collages, including the mirror; in this context it seemed a window into another world – as a collage should be.” —Dick Higgins in a self-published portfolio of his photos, date unknown (1980s?), collection of The Getty Center, Los Angeles

Ray Johnson among his collages in his Dover Street apartment, New York, 1959. Photo by Dick Higgins, reproduced on the back cover of <i>The Paper Snake</I>. Courtesy of Maria & Walter Schnepel, Bremen. Ray Johnson in Context (late 1959): “Ray Johnson … preferred not to be photographed. But I wanted to try to capture a bit of is spirit on film. So I went to visit him, bringing a mirror with me. And we piled up some of his collages, including the mirror; in this context it seemed a window into another world – as a collage should be.”—Dick Higgins in a self-published portfolio of his photos, date unknown (1980s?), The Getty Center, Los Angeles

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