Stay Cool, Madonna: The Only Collection of Madonna Fan Mail Hits Lawrence & Clark
On Valentines Day, a timely and extraordinary presentation of unseen outsider, naive, and arguably religious art will appear at Lawrence & Clark, a collection-based gallery in Chicago.
Fandom is one of our collective shames, and for that reason its activities are largely tucked away, hidden from view in dark corners of the internet and behind teenagers’ bedroom doors. While there are countless publications for fans, the creations of fans are rarely presented as legitimate work. On display is a rare and otherwise unmatched collection of fan art pertaining to one enduring megastar, assembled at the height of her celebrity from the late 1980s to the late 1990s. To have access to such an archive, one must either be a megastar or represent such a megastar. Almost no one falls into these categories; these works are more closely guarded than FBI files or Pentagon papers. Accumulated by Madonna’s management company and intended for disposal, an enterprising, anonymous employee rescued this bounty (leaving behind dozens of bags full of similar materials to be incinerated.) They remained in storage for over twenty years before emerging again. A limited edition book containing 160 pages of the most memorable pieces of Madonna fan art will be available.
Location: Lawrence and Clark Gallery, 4755 N Clark St, Chicago
Opening: February 14, 2020; 6p to 9p
Gallery hours: February 15, 21, and 29; 1p to 5p