Makor is either making life at the AFC HQ a lot easier because Friday they sent word of no less than three events that are worthy of listing, or very difficult because we now have more work than we know what to do with.
Chuck Close and Robert Storr
Monday, Apr 24, 2006, 8:00pm
Kaufmann Concert Hall Seating Chart, Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street
This is a rather pricey ticket for people I can count on seeing at least three times a year at random openings, but I guess the price is determined by the fact that I wouldn’t necessarily have the opportunity to hear them talk together. Chuck Close, the artist who made portrait painting relevant to contemporary art again speaks with the former senior curator of Paintings and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, Robert Storr about his paintings. Given the company, the event is pretty much a guarentee that you’ll learn a few things you didn’t already know.
Wednesday, April 26, 2006, 8:00pm
Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street Directions, Kaufmann Concert Hall Seating Chart
I’m not smart enough to have understood the entirety of The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory, but I don’t have a physics degree, so I think this absolves me of some responsiblity on this.
In case you’re wondering what this listing could possibly have to do with art, the fact of the matter is very little. The reason it gets noted here at all is because while Greene managed to put together one of the most interesting (albeit difficult) books I had read in science in years, he then put together the TV series for NOVA, The Elegant Universe, which demonstrated some of lowest levels of visual literacy I had seen in years. In one Greene’s extra dimensions he may be the epitome of sophistication when it comes to putting together computer graphics, but in this universe he’s too embarrassing to watch. Nobody needs to see an elevator crash though the universe as you hear for 5000th time that “String theory is the theory of everything”.
Thankfully, he probably will not need his NOVA editor for the lecture, which means your brain will expand with new knowledge, (that is assuming you don’t already have a degree in physics, in which case you can grumble about how he’s dumbed everything down for the non-physicist crowd).
Tabloid Culture: Why Britney and Jessica Matter More Than the President
Thursday, Apr 27, 2006, 7:00pm
Steinhardt Building, 35 West 67th Street Directions
Okay, so this interests me, though I think a slightly more accurate title might be Why We Think Britney and Jessica Matter More Than the President, because those two girls have a lot less influence on matters such as network neutrality than politicians do, and we’re all fucked if that can’t be enforced.
In any case, Jessica Coen editor at Gawker will be part of the panel, and if anyone is going to be an expert on the celebrity mind fuck it’s has to be her.