As you well know, I was lucky enough to attend the opening of mail/art/book at the San Francisco Center for the Book over Valentine's weekend. It is an exhibit of mail art curated by Jennie Hinchcliff and John Held, Jr. and its focus is exploring the intersection between artist books and correspondence art and those "notions of egalitarian creativity and imaginative cultural production."
The opening of this exhibit was a big portion of Ex Postal Facto. It drew people from all over the world. I was overwhelmed by both the numbers of people and the shear quantity of art on display at the exhibit. There were pieces on display behind glass, but there were also bins and spinner racks full of postcards and envelopes that you could touch. I do love a tangible experience in the art world.
And the people there! Wow. So many artists and makers. There was a room where you could make mailart on the spot which was so crowded that I never even set foot in it. Many people had their Ex Postal Facto passports and were trading artistamps and rubberstamps among them.
There was a catalog produced for the exhibit. It's really beautifully presented. I bought one as a souvenier of the experience and was thrilled to see my piece in it. I bought mine on the day of the opening, but I'm betting you can contact the SFBC if you'd like to purchase one. The exhibit runs until April 27th, 2014. If you can get to see it, I really recommend it.