POSTSECRET REVEALED: A PARTY AT THE POSTAL MUSEUM

Nothing spices up a party better than spilling a few secrets—and Frank Warren knows more than a million of them. That’s how many postcards from around the world have filled his mailbox since he started the wildly popular PostSecret project in 2004. The anonymous confessions—silly, moving, surprising, provocative, and sometimes disturbing—have already provided the material for six books. The Postal Museum’s exhibition PostSecret: The Power of a Postcard is the perfect reason for a party.
PIXofDC joined Smitsoniat at 8 and Warren for an inside look at the PostSecret phenomenon, as he spoak exclusively with VIP ticket-holders from 7 to 8 p.m. The celebration continued with opportunities to try your hand at crafting your own mail art, and post or tweet a secret you’ve been wanting to tell. (You know you have one.) Guest also enjoyed music by DJ Alkimist, a GIF photo booth courtesy of OM Digital, cocktails, and more as they wandered through some of the museum’s fascinating exhibits after hours.

PostSecret: The Power of a Postcard includes hundreds of thousands of postcards sent to Frank Warren. The exhibition tells a contemporary story of mail and the postal service, highlighting the aesthetics of the artfully decorated cards and the contrast between their anonymity and the shared experiences Warren creates with them. It also demonstrates the timeless yet modern quality of postcards and reflects the overlap amongst personal communication, digital technology, and social media at the heart of the PostSecret phenomenon.

Photography by Trena Raines

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