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Name Thackston, King

Associated Records

Image of "TABOO" exhibition and general TABOO information and projects - Taboo Papers

"TABOO" exhibition and general TABOO information and projects - Taboo Papers

Series one includes several folders of general Information about Taboo (1988-1999) and their non-exhibition projects like "This is Art in Cobb County," 1993 and "Idea Sale," 1990, and "White Guys Art Ethnic Too," "The Big Chicken Paper Doll", "Gay Merrit Badges," and the non-TABOO Greenman Project 1997-2001, created by King Thackston. Folders contain general correspondance (1992-1999) and documents about the the first exhibition (1988) entitled "TABOO," including photographs, press and mailers. Obituaries 1999-2004 are also found among these documents. There is also a box of miscellaneous exhibition mounting supplies.

Image of Taboo Papers - Taboo Papers

Taboo Papers - Taboo Papers

Active from 1988 - 1999, TABOO, an Atlanta based artist collective aspired to provoke and generate dialogue about subjects considered to be "Taboo" in the politically correct and respectful populace of the time, through humorous, sardonic, and quite often outrageous exhibitions and projects. The core group comprised four gay, male artists Larry Jens Anderson (b. 1947), Michael Venezia (1954 - 2000), King Thackston (1948-2004), and David Fraley (1952 - 1999). The exhibitions were primarily funded by the sale of t-shirts designed by the artists, and a sample of each shirt is found within the collection. The majority of the TABOO Papers include: exhibition planning, press, logistical, and fina

Image of "Johnny Detroit's Brunch," 1989-1990 - Taboo Papers

"Johnny Detroit's Brunch," 1989-1990 - Taboo Papers

Series two includes folders relating to the exhibition entitled "Johnny Detroit's Brunch," 1990. Materials include planning documents and designs, correspondence, finances, and press release text. Press reviews, articles, photographs and slides area also found. There is also a framed Johny Detroit Poster from Seven Stages.

Image of Exhibits ideas 1990, "The Cross Show" 1990, "X-Mas: Tiny Holiday Memories" 1991 - Taboo Papers

Exhibits ideas 1990, "The Cross Show" 1990, "X-Mas: Tiny Holiday Memories" 1991 - Taboo Papers

The first folder of series three describes project ideas that did not come to fruition. The remaining folders are related the the Cross Show, 1990 and the XMas Exhibition, 1991 and contain planning documents and designs, correspondence, finances, and press release text. There is text from an artist talk by King Thackston, and press reviews.

Image of "Angry Love," Atlanta Arts Festival, 1992 - Taboo Papers

"Angry Love," Atlanta Arts Festival, 1992 - Taboo Papers

This exhibion was created as part of the 1992 Atlanta Arts Festival and featured its own pavilon, the design plans for which are incorporated among the exhibtion planning documents. Documents include a planning portfolio, a book of artists statements, festival correspondence and photographs, financials and press.

Image of "Best in Show" Atlanta Arts Festival, 1994 and High Museum Bowling Challenge, 1995 - Taboo Papers

"Best in Show" Atlanta Arts Festival, 1994 and High Museum Bowling Challenge, 1995 - Taboo Papers

the "Best in Show installation" was created by TABOO for Atlanta Arts Festival's "Money Changes Everything, or Seeking the Souk" project. Materials include Arts Festival Magazine articles and press releases, planning and financials, correspondence and photographs. Among the planning documents are design sketches and amusing lists of duck provenances. The last folder of the series includes a project description and flyer announcing a bowling challenge to the High Museum of Art staff.

Image of "Confessions," 1995 - Taboo Papers

"Confessions," 1995 - Taboo Papers

Within the "Confessions" exhibition folders (1995) is the Call for artists prospectus, artist confession letters, press kit, planning paperwork, and photographs.

Image of "Gone with the Wind: the Fabrication and Denial of Southern identity," 1996  - Taboo Papers

"Gone with the Wind: the Fabrication and Denial of Southern identity," 1996 - Taboo Papers

Nine folders of documents plus video tapes and a thick press kit comprise the materials in this series. Items housed pertain to all facets of the planning stage including ledgers, invoices, and receipts plus a research folder with articles. The press kit includes exhibition summary and "To Assist our Foreign & Yankee Visitors: A Glossary of Terms,"mailers, photographs, correspondence, and a folder of related exhibtions and projects.

Image of "Testosterone Show," 1998  - Taboo Papers

"Testosterone Show," 1998 - Taboo Papers

Series 8 folders contain correspondence, artist lists, press release, exhibition mailers, photographs, research articles, press, and a sample invitation.

Image of "Requiem: Living Artists Eulogize a Dying Century," 1999  - Taboo Papers

"Requiem: Living Artists Eulogize a Dying Century," 1999 - Taboo Papers

Spanning nine folders, documents for series 9, which comprises the final show in which all four core members were involved include a Nexus Gallery press kit, artist sign in sheets, planning documents including financials, research and correspondence, press, information about "The Art Guys," photographs, mailings and announcements.

Image of "The Last TABOO," 2005 and  "TABOO Remembered," 2008 exhibitions - Taboo Papers

"The Last TABOO," 2005 and "TABOO Remembered," 2008 exhibitions - Taboo Papers

Remaining TABOO member Larry Jens Anderson, and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia joined together to create two final memorial exhibitions in 2005 and in 2008. Announcements for these exhbition are found in each of two folders.

Image of TABOO Props and Project/Exhibition T-Shirts - Taboo Papers

TABOO Props and Project/Exhibition T-Shirts - Taboo Papers

T-shirts designed by TABOO and sold to raise money for exhibitions, humerous props and posters from different exhibitions including ducks, stamps, white gloves, and fans. Also included in this group is a "catalogue" for the Requiem exhibition consisting of a grey envelope with fan, literature and TABOO flyer. Each envelope is numbered with an edition of 400.

Image of TABOO Shovel - Taboo Papers

TABOO Shovel - Taboo Papers

TABOO shovel created for ground breaking of the new Nexus Art Center.