Notes on Napkins: 2020

Conceived by Kristy Edmunds and co-curated with Pomegranate Arts
Published by UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance
Printed by Gary Lichtenstein Editions

Many composers, like writers and visual artists, “think” on paper capturing inspiration in unexpected places and whenever a muse may strike. New masterpieces have often found humble beginnings on scratch pads, sticky notes, the backs of envelopes and most notoriously on paper napkins.

CAP UCLA was curious to know what was on the minds of composers living in America at this moment in our history and invited 100 of them to share their visual thinking with us for a project we are calling Notes on Napkins: 2020. Each composer received a toolkit of napkins and pens and a micro-commission to begin transcribing the rhythms of this extraordinary time. Below are each of the notes in our digital gallery.

Support provided through the National Endowment for the Arts Challenge Grant (CAP UCLA), and YoungArts—The National Foundation for the Advancement of Artists. Additional support and appreciation to Susan Bay Nimoy and Nancy Rubin.

Notes On Napkins (2020) is dedicated to the musicians who enrich the world with every song line, rhythm and note.

Notes on Napkins (2020) was printed as a limited edition set of 200 silkscreens on 250 gram Stonehenge paper with hand-deckled edges
Dimensions: 9" x 9"
Master Printer: Gary Lichtenstein
All screens used in the making of the editions have been cancelled

The images used in this digital gallery are of the original notes.