Where: P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center
When: 6:00 pm Thursday, December 8
What: The Believer co-presents an event commemorating the publication of the second annual Visual Issue, in conjunction with P.S.1's Fine Print: Alternative Media series.
Art Fag City no longer seems an appropriate title for this blog, so I’ve been thinking of renaming it something a little more accurate, you know, like, The Right Arm of the Cory Arcangel Propaganda Machine. I’m sure the artist could come up with a google hack to make this so and frankly, I’m surprised I haven’t seen it yet. In case you haven’t yet noticed his name mentioned on this blog, let me just warn you in advance, you can expect to see it a lot more. This is not just because I have no journalistic self restraint when it comes to balanced coverage, but because the guy makes it impossible to have any. Arcangel is one of those rare artists who makes consistently good work; it’s smart, it’s funny, and it’s innovative. Tomorrow, Arcangel does the unthinkable at the PS1 Believer event and commits friendster suicide. In all likelihood this act will (as one of his friendster testimonials predicts) involve some sort of friendster hack, though he could simply be delisting people. Either way, this is a bold statement, particularly among the 25-35 year old crowd. I mean, really, he runs the risk of not ever recovering socially from a move like this.
To be honest, just the thought of this event has made AFC approach orgasm since Eric Fischl will be giving a power point presentation on the death of painting. The irony of this is so sweet it nearly brings me to tears. Mind you, I’m probably being overly unfair to the man. Admittedly he has had some stellar moments, but whatever. It isn’t his strong paintings of falling women that are making deep social statements in this, um, post 9/11 world…
In addition to Fischl and Arcangel, also promised for the evening are performances specific to the artist/critic relationship and a couple other works I don’t have a label for just yet. As taken from the believer press release:
Matthew Ronay will explain his work and life to Brandon Stosuy…; Lori Barbara Waxman will be in residence as a “60 wrd/min art critic” (in which she writes on-demand art reviews for any artist who needs them). Also, a Believer chart for eventual publication will be created live from members of the audience, and Matthew Derby will mangle something with science.
So, in case I have been unclear about my expectations for this event, let me say now that it all sounds good! Who knows what the Derby performance is going to be, but let me tell you, I’m going to find out. And I suggest you do the same. Or, you know, wait for my report on it.