Fly NYC (active U.S.), born 1963, The Dystopiation of Sobriety, 1995, offset lithograph, bound volume, Fly Zine Archive, The Mary and Robyn Campbell Fund for Art Books and gift of funds from Mary and Bob Mersky 2018.86.1024

The Fly Zine Archive: A Chronicle of Punk, Queer, and Anarchist Counterculture

The Fly Zine Archive: A Chronicle of Punk, Queer, and Anarchist Counterculture

July 15, 2021 - April 24, 2022
Gallery 315
Free Exhibition

This exhibition introduces Mia’s groundbreaking acquisition of the Fly Zine Archive, a thematically focused collection of nearly 2,000 zines, comics, and underground publications by a diverse range of punk, anarchist, feminist, and LGBTQ+ artists and writers active in the United States, Europe, and elsewhere. Compiled by the New York–based artist and activist Fly NYC, the archive chronicles the graphic art and printed ephemera connecting the alternative subcultures that flourished in urban centers in the 1980s, 1990s, and early 2000s. The display will feature a selection of punk fanzines, anarchist pamphlets, squatting ephemera, mini-comics distributed at protests, illustrated political booklets, and other counterculture publications.

The Fly Zine Archive exhibition was organized by Ian Karp, John E. Andrus III Curatorial Fellow in Mia’s Department of Prints and Drawings.

Fly NYC (active U.S.), born 1963, The Dystopiation of Sobriety, 1995, offset lithograph, bound volume, Fly Zine Archive, The Mary and Robyn Campbell Fund for Art Books and gift of funds from Mary and Bob Mersky 2018.86.1024