I visited the 21c hotel in Durham North Carolina, which was established by Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson as a means of housing their art collection.
Many artists are not happy about the Brooklyn Museum’s decision to host the Brooklyn Real Estate Summit. Readers can count us among them—as a full disclaimer, we have been working with many in this group to help organize a response. There is now an open letter and petition being circulated on Change.org with a list of demands, all of which are in line with the communities they serve. The most important one, imo, is to start engaging directly with the community to make real commitments to affordable space.
The full petition after the jump.
A pretty hilarious watchful kitty by Jeffrey Baij. The GIF is part of the show utopia-internet-distopia.com at the Wrong digital biennial. I found it through Tom Moody’s site, which is important because the navigation on the Wrong is close to useless: We see only show titles and 100 character show descriptions on the front page, most of which don’t even list the artists or the curator. It’s infuriating.
As for the show, it’s a simple project exploring the online binary of utopias and distopias within art making. Lots of simple gestures here that give the show a poetic quality without being overly precious about it. For example, Stefano Calligaro’s “Notions of Progress” shows a woman in front of a baguette that slowly changes color. Progress is simply change. Tom Moody also fits the theme here well, since his subject matter—science—almost implicitly connotes progress. As connected to modernity, this works almost certainly connect to utopia. (Though modernism’s failure informs the historical read, so it’s not surprising to hear Moody say that he intends to hit the middle line between Utopic and Distopic.
Anyway, the show is a nice closer to my evening. So, thanks for that Wrong!
Going to lectures where the speakers workshop their book on you sucks. This was the case last Wednesday evening, when a crowd of artists, students and academics packed an OCAD auditorium for “Déjà Vu: Contemporary Art and the Ghosts of Modernity”, a free public lecture by art historian Claire Bishop.
From what I could gather during the lecture, Bishop believes we’re stuck in a rut she describes as ’“reformatted modernism”. The self-invented term refers to a historicist strain of contemporary art, where our downloadable obsessions with Eames chairs, van der Rohe skyscrapers and archival forms of display (think slide projectors) have rendered Modernist references in art that are all image and no function.
The powers of Snow White’s fairy godmothers have really been under-estimated until now. Why are we just learning that this woman can draw a dick out of thin air? A clear oversight.
This dick, after the jump.
A few fundraiser related notes:
- We have extended our fall campaign for Independence to November 18th so everyone has a chance to donate. At this point, we have 80 backers and only $5,400 to raise. Just imagine if a donor purchased that tattoo we made available on Michael Anthony Farley’s butt for $5000! We’d be only $400 away from meeting our goal. Help us make this happen! There are plenty of perks to choose from – many of which are disappearing quick in the final days of this fundraiser. [Indiegogo]
- Meet us at The Cue Art Foundation for their annual gala and benefit auction. Cue offers artists exhibitions, art education programs and young writer support. We like all three. It’s our first time attending a benefit by this organization so we can’t wait to see what they do.[Cue Art Foundation]
- NURTUREart will hold my favorite benefit of the year next week, November 9th and 10th! I like this benefit because it’s filled with cool, down to earth people who are super excited about art. Every time I’ve visited people can’t stop talking about the art they’ve picked up. The fundraiser helps the artist community exhibition space pay their bills for the year, so it’s super important for them too. Support them today! [NURTUREart]