The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of July 13, 2024

100 Boots

100 Boots

Location: not on view

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The postmarks, along with the inevitable signs of wear and tear on the individual postcards, are the visual records of the work's circulation through the global postal system.


100 Boots consists of fifty-one photographic postcards that the artist mailed to recipients around the world during a two-and-a-half-year period. Modeled on the literary form of the “picaresque” (an episodic, often disjointed story that follows the exploits of its protagonist), the postcards document the adventures of one hundred empty boots as they march from the beach in San Diego to streets of New York.
  • Eleanor Antin
    (Ronald Feldman Gallery, New York, NY, sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH)
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • “Reading Ruscha.” Art in America 61, no. 6 (November – December 1973) P. 64-71
    Delahoyd, Mary, and Jacki Apple. Alternatives in Retrospect: An Historical Overview 1969-1975. New York: The New Museum, 1981.
    Antin, Eleanor. 100 Boots. Philadelphia, Pa: Running, 1999. P. 64-71
    Fox, Howard N., Eleanor Antin, and Lisa E. Bloom. Eleanor Antin. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1999.
    Godfrey, Mark. “Image Structures.” Artforum 43, no. 6 (February 2005) P. 146-153
    Lewallen, Constance, Karen Moss, Julia Bryan-Wilson, and Anne Rorimer. State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2011.
    Antin, Eleanor, Huey Copeland, Malik Gaines, Alexandro Segade, Henry M. Sayre, and Emily Liebert. Multiple Occupancy: Eleanor Antin's "Selves". New York: Wallach Art Gallery, 2013.
  • {{cite web|title=100 Boots|url=false|author=Eleanor Antin|year=1971–73|access-date=13 July 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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