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The flyer for Ray Johnson's first publicly performed

The flyer for Ray Johnson's first publicly performed "Nothing", 1961.

Ray Johnson's second

Ray Johnson's second "Nothing." Photo by William S. Wilson.

Ray Johnson's second

Ray Johnson's second "Nothing." Photo by William S. Wilson.

Ray Johnson and Suzi Gablik setting up his early moticos installation, autumn 1955. Photo by Elisabeth Novick

Ray Johnson and Suzi Gablik setting up his early moticos installation, autumn 1955. Photo by Elisabeth Novick.

Suzi Gablik surrounded by Ray Johnson's early moticos installation, autumn 1955. Photo by Elisabeth Novick

Suzi Gablik surrounded by Ray Johnson's early moticos installation, autumn 1955. Photo by Elisabeth Novick.

Detail of Ray Johnson's early moticos installation, autumn 1955. Photo by Elisabeth Novick

Detail of Ray Johnson's early moticos installation, autumn 1955. Photo by Elisabeth Novick.

Suzi Gablik covered in Ray Johnson's early moticos installation, autumn 1955

Suzi Gablik covered in Ray Johnson's early moticos installation, autumn 1955.

Ray Johnson setting up a moticos installation, autumn 1955. Photo by Elisabeth Novick

Ray Johnson setting up a moticos installation, autumn 1955. Photo by Elisabeth Novick.

Detail of Ray Johnson's early moticos installation, ca. 1955. Photographer unknown

Detail of Ray Johnson's early moticos installation, ca. 1955. Photographer unknown.

Detail of Ray Johnson's early moticos installation, ca. 1955. Photo by Ad Reinhardt

Detail of Ray Johnson's early moticos installation, ca. 1955. Photo by Ad Reinhardt.

Ray Johnson with Sari Dienes

Ray Johnson with Sari Dienes "stealing" back his work, Robin Gallery event, 1963. Photo by William S. Wilson.

A New York Correspondance School

A New York Correspondance School "Feeting" at the Sacramento State College, Spring 1969. Photo by Junglefoot.

Ray Johnson in NYCS Exhibition and Valentine's Day performance in conjunction with

Ray Johnson in NYCS Exhibition and Valentine's Day performance in conjunction with " Invitation Correspondence" Exhibition, Western Illinois University at Macomb, February 1974. Photograph by John Orandello, Former Professor at WIU.

Ray Johnson in NYCS Exhibition and Valentine's Day performance in conjunction with

Ray Johnson in NYCS Exhibition and Valentine's Day performance in conjunction with " Invitation Correspondence" Exhibition, Western Illinois University at Macomb, February 1974. Photograph by John Orandello, Former Professor at WIU.

Ray Johnson, c. 1975. Photographer unknown

Ray Johnson, c. 1975. Photographer unknown.

Ray Johnson measuring the silhouette of a woman, c.1976. Photographer unknown

Ray Johnson measuring the silhouette of a woman, c.1976. Photographer unknown.

Ray Johnson in

Ray Johnson in "Anita O'Day Performance", Mount Berry College, Mount Berry Georgia, 1/17/1977. Photographer unknown.

Ray Johnson running naked down the aisles as he is introduced during the opening of an exhibition of his work at the Walker Art Center in 1979. This act was a reference to another Ray Johnson, who had streaked at the Vatican and who Johnson had met previously at the Wadsworth Antheneum. Photographer unknown

Ray Johnson running naked down the aisles as he is introduced during the opening of an exhibition of his work at the Walker Art Center in 1979. This act was a reference to another Ray Johnson, who had streaked at the Vatican and who Johnson had met previously at the Wadsworth Antheneum. Photographer unknown.

A Ray Johnson performance during which he asks participants to walk through each others' legs, 1980. Photographer unknown

A Ray Johnson performance during which he asks participants to walk through each others' legs, 1980. Photographer unknown.

Ray Johnson at

Ray Johnson at "Rooftop Event", Brewster Street North Garage, Glen Cove NY, 9/23/84. Photograph by Edvard Lieber.

Photo of Ray Johnson performance at the 7th Avant-Garde Festival, New York 1969. Photograph by Ara Ignatius. Image reproduced by Ray Johnson as a mailer, mid 1980s

Photo of Ray Johnson performance at the 7th Avant-Garde Festival, New York 1969. Photograph by Ara Ignatius. Image reproduced by Ray Johnson as a mailer, mid 1980s.

Ray Johnson at Jean Dubuffet Fan Club Meeting, Nassau County Museum of Fine Art, Roslyn NY, 9/21/1986. Photograph by Richard P. Meyer

Ray Johnson at Jean Dubuffet Fan Club Meeting, Nassau County Museum of Fine Art, Roslyn NY, 9/21/1986. Photograph by Richard P. Meyer.