The word ephemera comes from the Greek word ephēmeros, which means “‘lasting only a day.” Although not originally intended to be collected as art objects, some ephemera is preserved and collected for its artistic merit or historic interest. Typically made on paper, ephemera often comes from the visual and written materials surrounding the art world or popular culture, like posters for exhibitions, concerts, or films, exhibition catalogs, brochures for events, and other forms of printed matter such as magazines, and newspapers.

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