Patricia Tavenner (1935-2013)


Patricia Tavenner (1935-2013)

Patricia Tavenner (USA) died on May 10th 2013. She was active in mail-art right from the start. This is a group to celebrate memories and details. To celebrate her life as the family calls it.

Location: Oakland, USA
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Latest Activity: May 13, 2017

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Comment by Ruud Janssen on March 15, 2014 at 7:11am
8 hours ago

Hey!!! I finally found this photo of me and the late Zine Queen Pat Tavenner 1935-2013 from the Interdada 84 Festival in San Francisco. Not sure who took it or who was passing out the delicious Lies but it's a great shot if I may say so myself!!!! R.I.P. Patricia Taverner.

Comment by Ruud Janssen on October 26, 2013 at 10:16am

Patricia also made videos, and even transferred them into digital format. Does anyone know what happened with these videos (and interviews) she recorded?

Comment by Ruud Janssen on September 7, 2013 at 8:20am

yes, I hope you carry on the tradition and inspire others too.....

Comment by ginny lloyd on August 6, 2013 at 8:54pm

Thanks Ruud and Catherine. Now there are no excuses for not making more artistamps!

Comment by Ruud Janssen on August 6, 2013 at 4:45pm

Good to see this part of history (tool) found another historic place to carry on its task : punching holes. Congrats to Ginny for letting this machine survive within the network!

Comment by Visual Mom on August 6, 2013 at 3:33pm

Ginny Lloyd announce last week in an email to me that Patricia's perforator (pictured below in this IUOMA group) is now the property of her artistamp museum.

Comment by Ruud Janssen on June 29, 2013 at 9:00pm

the Perforator that was for sale. Just got informed it has been sold. So you can only watch the image now and see a chance passed by.

Comment by ginny lloyd on June 29, 2013 at 8:46pm

@Terry - yes it is her work signed 2002 as shown in the photo - from the book Women in the Artistamp Spotlight I published this year

Comment by Ruud Janssen on June 29, 2013 at 8:18pm

Date of birth is 1935. Just checked it. Put also a biography here below as well.

Comment by Ruud Janssen on June 29, 2013 at 8:16pm

Leben und Arbeit/biography

Patricia Tavenner was born March 22, 1935. She had been living in Oakland, California, and became known as “Mail Queen”. She entered into the Mail Art network in the early 1970s, with the publication of her, “Mail Order Art”. She published four issues from 1971–1972, that served as a distribution system for artists. Tavenner was part of the Bay Area Dada Group in the mid-1970s. She was a fierce advocate of women’s issues in the arts, co-founding the Northern California Women’s Caucus for the Arts in 1972.

In addition to her role as publisher, she was also one of the early producers of artist postage stamps (artistamps), and was included in the first exhibition of the medium, James Warren Felter’s, “Artists’ Stamps and Stamp Images”, held at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, in 1976. She was one of fourteen contributors representing the United States in the exhibition. She continued her artistamp activity over the years, curating the “First California Artists Stamp Show” in 1995, and an exhibition on women artistamp producers for The Stamp Art Gallery in San Francisco in the 1990s. In 2007, Tavenner contributed to and attended the Budapest, Hungary, National Museum of Fine Arts exhibition, “ParaStamp: Four Decades of Artistamps from Fluxus to the Internet”, organized by the Artpool Research Center (György Galántai).

Tavenner continued her publishing activities as well. Her Eternal Press published several editions of the periodical, “An Artist Speaks”, and “A Family Line”, documenting a video she produced on her family, as well as the autobiographical, “Four Years and More”.  She was a long time instructor of the Berkeley Extension Center in San Francisco, and a practicing astrologer. In November of 2012, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art published a tribute to her work, which can be found here: Receipt of Delivery.

Patricia Tavenner passed away on May 10, 2013.


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