General Idea The 1971 Miss General Idea Pageant Documentation, 1971
18 panel-mounted archival photographic prints (13 gelatin silver prints, 1 Chromogenic print, 4 Photostat prints), found cellulose acetate “taffeta” dress with embroidery, assorted ephemera of the complete 1971 Miss General Idea Pageant Entry Kit mounted on black velvet panel
Installation dimensions variable
The 1971 Miss General Idea Pageant Documentation is an archival-based work documenting one of General Idea's major bodies of work: their series of faux beauty pageants that satirized glamour, fame and the art world. These notions and the character they created, “Miss General Idea” became key motifs in the group’s iconography and mythology.
The installation consists of a series of archival photographic panels and ephemera produced for The 1971 Miss General Idea Pageant, as assembled by General Idea at the time.