Item #7025 Six Photographs of Brassieres of Atlantis [with] Contact Sheets. Ruth Schafer.
Six Photographs of Brassieres of Atlantis [with] Contact Sheets
Six Photographs of Brassieres of Atlantis [with] Contact Sheets
Six Photographs of Brassieres of Atlantis [with] Contact Sheets

Six Photographs of Brassieres of Atlantis [with] Contact Sheets

[New York]: np, ca. 1970. Six photo prints and three contact sheets. Various sizes, from 8 x 10 in. to 3 ¼ x 6 1/8 in. Very good. “From Brassieres of Atlantis / Jack Smith / Photo by Ruth Schaefer” written in pencil in unknown hand on verso of one photograph. Item #7025

Six photographs and three contact sheets documenting a performance of Jack Smith’s theatrical work Brassieres of Atlantis, produced around 1970. Shortly after moving to a loft on Greene Street in 1969, Smith inaugurated the Plaster Foundation Free Theatre Series “every Saturday night for two years.” Despite its central and generative place in the lineage of New York performance and experimental theater, documentation of Smith’s work from this period remains exceptionally scarce.

Along with his highly original and idiosyncratic set designs and props, these photographs by Ruth Schaefer evidence Smith’s use of gesture, garment, frippery in the plays he staged at his loft.

Described in the script as “A Lobster Sunset Pageant” set in “ten million B.C. in the prehistoric Brassiere Atlantis of the future. A volcano-pyramid provides the background of the pageant. In front of it and to the right is a spectacular pile of garbage. Also on the right and further back is a clump of cornstalks.”.

Price: $3,500.00