Friday, August 27, 2010




I don't deserve this award, but I have arthritis and I don't deserve that either.
— Jack Benny

My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning and I go to bed at night. In between, I occupy myself as best I can.
— Cary Grant

We had a Depression Fair in the backyard. A major game there was Pin The Blame On The Donkey.
— Richard Lewis

Everything's got a moral, if only you can find it.
— Lewis Carroll


Friday Overture: When you believe in things that you don't understand, then you suffer. Superstition ain't the way....



FASTER PUSSYCAT, SPILL!! SPILL
The 2010 Hallwalls Members Exhibition
EXTENDED THRU SEPTEMBER 3
Tues to Fri 11am to 6pm, Sat 11am to 2pm

GRAHAM ABBOTT • BRUCE ADAMS • TESFADHANOM ADHANOM • JAMES ALLEN • STEVEN ANDRESEN • RITA RGEN AUERBACH • DIANNE BAKER • JOSEF BAJUS • JOE BAJUS JR. • OLGA BAJUSOVA • KRISTYN BELLINO • AMANDA BEALE • MARY BEGLEY • AMANDA BESL • BRUCE PHILIP BITMEAD • MICHAEL BOSWORTH • PRISCILLA BOWEN • NELSON BRADLEY • SCOTT BYE • CAROL CARRENO • PHILIP CASILIO • JASON CHEMAN • POLLY LITTLE • NICOLE DILWEG • MARIELY DOWNEY • LIZ DRUMM & CHRISTOPHER VEREL • ERIC DANIE EVINCZITI • DAWN EXTON • TINA FAULKNER • ERIN FINLEY • JOAN FITZGERALD • DONNA FIERLE • RYAN FLORE AJ FRIES • ARIANE FULK • CYNNIE GAASCH • GREG GARWICK • GAYLE GORMAN • JENNIFER GOTTDIENER • THOMAS HAGAKORE • JODY HANSON • CHRIS HAUSBECK • JOYCE HILL • ROBERT JOHN HOLLAND • TOM HOLT • ANI HOOVER • BILLY HUGGINS • RONALD K. JACKSON • ROBERT V. JASON • ANITA L. JOHNSON • TULLIS JOHNSON (above) BRIAN A. KAVANAUGH • KASIA KEELEY • IRIS . KIRKWOOD • BRANDON KOEK • FELICE KOENIG • SUSAN E. KORNACKI • AL LARSEN • MARK LAVATELLI • ELIZABETH LEADER • JOHN LENT • ANGELA LOPEZ & BRIAN MILBRAND • ROSEMARY K. LYONS • AMANDA MACIUBA • CHRIS MAIN • M. MATTHEWS • SCOTT McCARNEY (above) • ELIZABETH McDADE • MARK McLOUGHLIN • GERALD MEAD • RJ MELNYK • DIANE MENCHETTI • CONI MINNECI • CAROL ROBAK MOLNAR • JULIAN MONTAGUE • JAN NAGLE • ESTHER M. NEISEN • EILEEN PLEASURE O’BRIEN • FRANK O’CONNOR• MARY GRACE OHRUM • SHASTI O’LEARY SOUDANT • RACHEL OSTROW • KATE S. PARZYCH • BETH PEDERSONMISTA PEREZ & EDOLLIA • JEAN-MICHEL REED • RENA REISMAN • SHAWN ROBERTS • PATRICK ROBIDEAU • DESTINY ROGOWSKI • COURTNEY ROSE • AXEL SACK • BERIT SACK • PAULA SCIUK • SALVATORE SCRIVO • GARY SCZERBANIEWICZ • JENNIFER SETH-CIMINI • VICTOR SHANCHUK • KATHLLEN SHERIN • CATHERINE SHUMAN MILLER • NEFELI SOTERION • CATHERINE LINDER SPENCER • BENJAMON SPENCER • NATHANIEL SPENCER • PAUL SZPAKOWSKI • LAURIE A. TANNER • KURT TREEBY • NANCY TREHERNE CRAIG • AL VOLO • KURT VON VOETSCH • BRAD WALES & BRIAN MILBRAND• MARY WEIG • JANET WINKIE • MEGAN WIRTH • GENE WITKOWSKI GARY L. WOLFE • MIKE YATES • KIT YOUNG • DIANE YUNQUE • SARA M. ZAK


Mon, Aug 30, 7pm
JEFF CONANT
reading & book signing

"Jeff Conant's new book A Poetics of Resistance: the Revolutionary Public Relations of the Zapatista Insurgency (AK Press, 2010) examines the cultural politics of the Zapatista movement of Chiapas, Mexico, focusing on the Zapatistas' persuasive use of symbolic language and colorful imagery to bring their struggle to the world's attention. Conant lived and worked in Zapatista communities in Chiapas, Mexico, in the 1990s; the book draws from his rich experiences there, as well as from a decade working in social justice and international development."
Hallwalls Literature


September 2010 @ Hallwalls





Opening Elsewhere
• Sean Madden @ Guerilla Gallery w/ music by Keith Harrington Sat, Aug 28, 7-11pm
• From Russia With Love op @ Impact Artists' Gallery Thurs, Sept 2, 5-7pm



Gina T. Alvarez, Bob Jones @ Dog and Pony Projects

op Fri, Aug 27, 8-11pm (Sept 26)
Dog + Pony Projects

Viktoria Ciostek @ Betty's


op Mon, Sept 13, 6-9pm (Nov 14)


Jax Deluca @ Olean Public Library thru Sept 25



Jax Deluca Artist Talk Remix



W.A. Reed III @ Upton Hall




Mark Lavatelli @ Indigo

op Fri, Sept 3, 7-9pm (Sept 26)
artist's talk Sat, Sept 18, 1pm


Music Is Art




From a couple weeks ago, Tristan and Kyle and Buster Keaton




ImageArt Call For Work

The 10th annual ImageArt Gallery Show will be held at the Visual Studies Workshop, opening on October 1 as a citywide "First Friday" event. Three $200 awards will be chosen by the jury. One ImageArt gallery artist will be awarded an opportunity for a one-person exhibition at The Gallery at Equal=Grounds. The ImageArt Poetry reading will take place in the Visual Studies Workshop auditorium at 8 p.m. the same night as the gallery opening, promising a truly gala event. One “Audience Choice” award of $200 will be given to a poet reading at the open mic event. A selection of poetry will be juried for publication in the ImageArt catalogue. Deadline for entries is Friday, September 3, 2010.
Get all the details and download the 2010 ImageArt Call for Work HERE.



ImageArt Call For Work 2


ImageArt invites you to participate in Wish You Were Queer, a unique benefit show and sale of original postcard-size artwork on paper by established, emerging, and aspiring artists ( . . . that means you!). The exhibition and sale will be held at the Visual Studies Workshop, 31 Prince Street, Rochester NY, on Friday October 1 from 6–10 p.m.
Get all the details and download the 2010 ImageArt Call for Work HERE.



Continuing Elsewhere
ALBRIGHT KNOX • Sol LeWitt (Nov 8) • Clyfford Still(Aug 20) • ECHO: Sampling Visual Culture (Oct 10) Buffalo News

BIG ORBIT • installing

BURCHFIELD PENNEY Moxie & Mayhem, Acquisitions for a New Collection (Sept 5); Burchfield, Cleveland, & new York (Aug 29); Pine Trees and Oriental Poppies (Aug 29); James Litz (Oct 3); Charles Carey Rumsey (Jan 11); George William Eggers (Oct 10); Bethany Krull (Jan 30)
CARNEGIE ART CENTER • Buffalo Society of Artists (Sept 5)
CASTELLANI ART MUSEUM • BSA Catalog Exhibition (Sept 5); Amanda Wachob (Sept 19)
CEPA GALLERY • installing
HALLWALLS • Faster Pussycat, Spill! Spill! (Sept 3)
SQUEAKY WHEEL • somthing squeaky
UB ANDERSON
installing
UB ART GALLERY • installing
• BSA Members Exhibition @ Artpark (Sept 5)
• Garden Mystique @ Artsphere (Aug 28)
• John Berg @ Buffalo Big Print (Sept 29)
• Matt Buckely, Alex Fernandez @ 464
• Erica Eichelkraut @ Starlight Studio (Sept 3)



"Here’s what’s been lost in all the screaming. The prime movers in the campaign against the “ground zero mosque” just happen to be among the last cheerleaders for America’s nine-year war in Afghanistan. The wrecking ball they’re wielding is not merely pounding Park51, as the project is known, but is demolishing America’s already frail support for that war, which is dedicated to nation-building in a nation whose most conspicuous asset besides opium is actual mosques."

NY Times Rich



Evite of the Week


The Hole



"The title, meant to refer to the requisite cleverness and unpredictability implicit in a successful approach to collecting art, doesn’t exactly apply to the show itself. Its pervading tone — far from the chaos or frenzy its title might imply — is largely tranquil, frequently contemplative and even occasionally sublime."

Buffalo News Dabkowski



"While Burchfield has been simplistically labeled as a folksy chronicler of the American Scene, in 1938 he wrote in one of his copious journals of 'mental debaucheries,' imagining himself as a 'depraved being' and wondering if 'these orgies of the imagination are all the worse because they are never relieved by actions.'"

Village Voice Baker


"The downtown library has a terrific show of flower illustrations and related materials from its Rare Book collection. The items date from the Renaissance to the present, but particularly flower books from the 18th and 19th centuries, when the art of flower painting took off."

Artvoice Foran


"For some parts of the country, namely the South, football is not just a sport; it’s a way of life, a religion of sorts. Opie herself grew up in Ohio where everyone, it seems, wanted to be a football player."

LA Times Bradner


"The art world prefers its artists to start out destitute and unknown, working from inside the system toward increasing visibility and renown. Early deprivation and obscurity count as dues paid, reflecting seriousness and a willingness to sacrifice. This familiar progression assures us that an artist is one of us."

NY Times Wakin


"Now that Jerry Saltz has announced that he and his spouse Roberta Smith are writing a book on their favorite 100 paintings and challenged his fans to contribute, I spent last night trying to answer Jerry's task."

artnet Finch


"Direct medical evidence? None. Autopsy? Not performed. Medical records? Nowhere to be found. Corpse? Disappeared. Yet according to a recent article in an academic journal, researchers have posited at least 118 causes of death for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart."

artnet Finch


"With sentimentality and a precision appropriate for lifelong engineers, they told studio war stories (Jimi’s amp was there, against the wall; Stevie’s drums went right there); made the audience oooh and aaah with slideshow photos of old mixing consoles; and tried to pinpoint what it was about the place that gives it that all-important vibe. The spirit of the studio’s founder was cited more than once, along with the mix of high-tech equipment and mellow atmosphere."

NY Times Sisario


"In recent weeks, a planned sculpture of Thomas -- to be created by artist Susan Tinsley McElhinney -- has provoked grumblings from various political groups around the country. The debate centers on whether Thomas, 90, deserves to be honored after she made inflammatory comments concerning Jews and Israel that precipitated her hasty resignation in June."

LA Times Ng


"Long recognized as one of jazz’s most arresting and uncompromising singers, Ms. Lincoln gained similar stature as a songwriter only over the last two decades."

NY Times obit


"Mr. Leonard never set out to document the birth of bebop, though he wound up doing just that. He was simply a young jazz lover whose camera gave him entree into the many New York clubs whose charges he could not afford."

NY Times obit


For your Netflix queue

(1971 dir. Richard Fleischer)
The true story of a man wrongly accused of murder. Saying more than that would be a spoiler, so let me say that when I first saw this, I was about 16 yrs old and watched it with my sister up in cottage country on a local channel's late show with utter pitch blackness all around us and it scared the fucking crap out of me. Might not have that same effect today, but it was an exemplary thriller with great performances by the late Richard Attenborough and a very young John Hurt. A relatively forgotten film that's well worth watching.



Something I listened to this week...

(1970) ANTONIO CARLOS JOBIM • STONE FLOWER
I don't know where Antonio Carlos Jobim rates these days on the scale that measures cool factor of what might be perceived as easy listening, jazz-infused, latin-tinged kitsch, but make no mistake, this is an utterly great record. Wispy, soft, and sensual, it strikes me as a high-water mark for music that might generally be classified as lounge. And there's absolutely nothing wrong with that, when it's done this well. Recorded forty years ago now, it still serves incredibly well as a makeout record, a dinner record, a staring-off-into-the-sunset record. Restrained and totally gorgeous. Bonus points for the iconic hipster cover art. Highly recommended.


To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of world in a different direction. And if we do act, in however small a way, we don't have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.
— Howard Zinn