Sunday, September 15, 2013

About John Held

Picked up this postcard from the Exit Theater in the Tenderloin. The Fringe Festival is underway and we went to a short play there called With Held, by playwright and monologist Jeremy Greco. The play is about the life & times of John Held Jr., a mail artist. At first I thought it was a spoof of a sexually promiscuous male artist, but each vignette contained moments of humor and pathos. Afterwards went out for Chinese dinner with Held and several interesting artist friends. The restaurant was noisy and not conducive to much conversation, but I learned that he knew Patricia Tavenner and that he was organizing her collection of mail art. More about Tavenner later...

Here's a YouTube video to watch: