Either define the moment or the moment will define you.
— Walt Whitman
One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.
— A.A. Milne
A pessimist is correct oftener than an optimist, but an optimist has more fun—and neither can stop the march of events.
— Robert A. Heinlein
Take away the right to say "fuck" and you take away the right to say "Fuck the government."
— Lenny Bruce
Friday Overture: John Cale Has A Secret
@ Hallwalls thru Aug 28
Hallwalls 2009 Members Exhibition
gallery hrs Tues to Fri 11am to 6pm, Sat 11am to 2pm
THE 2009 HALLWALLS MEMBERS EXHIBITION
JIM ALLEN • STEVEN ANDRESEN • RITA ARGEN AUERBACH • DIANNE BAKER • AMANDA BEALE • MARY BEGLEY • NANCY BELFER • KRISTIN BENDER • DENNIS BERTRAM • AMANDA BESL • LILY L. BOOTH • PRISCILLA BOWEN • NELSON BRADLEY • KYLE BUTLER • JAY CARRIER • STEVE CONDON • LUKIA COSTELLO • NANCY TREHERNE CRAIG • MARTEN CZAMANSKE • PALMER DAVIS • MARIELY DOWNEY • EDOLLIA • DAWN EXTON • KRISTINA C. FAULKNER • JOAN FITZGERALD • GREG GARWICK • BRENDA GODERT • JENNIFER GOTTDIENER • COURTNEY GRIM • JODY HANSON • PATTI HARRIS • W. MICHELLE HARRIS • AFEDZI AKA GEORGE HUGHES • CHRIS HAUSBECK • JOYCE HILL • TOM HOLT • ANI HOOVER • ANITA L. JOHNSON • BRIAN KAVANAUGH (ABOVE) • CANDACE KEEGAN • RYAN KELLER • MEG KNOWLES • BECKY KOENIG • FELICE KOENIG • MARK LAVATELLI • BETTY LEADER • STACEY LECHEVET • RYAN LEGASSICKLE • CLAYTON LETOURNEAU • GERALDINE LIQUIDANO • POLLY LITTLE • M. MATTHEWS • SCOTT McCARNEY • CHRIS McGEE • MARK McLOUGHLIN • GERALD MEAD • DIANE MENCHETTI • LILLIAN MÉNDEZ • CATHERINE SHUMAN MILLER • CONI MINNECI • JAN NAGLE • ESTER M . NEISEN • FRANK O'CONNOR • BOB OHRUM • MARY GRACE OHRUM • RACHEL OSTROW • LAURA PULLANO • LENA RALSTON • THOMAS B. ROJEK • AXEL SACK • BERIT SACK • SALVATORE GABRIEL SCRIVO • GARY SCZERBANIEWICZ • VICTOR SHANCHUK JR. • KATHLEEN SHERIN • JEFF SHERVIN • HYEYOUNG SHIN • BENJAMIN J. SPENCER • CATHERINE LINDER SPENCER • NATHANIEL D. SPENCER • NORINE SPURLING • MICHAEL W. THOMAS • KURT TREEBY • KURT VON VOETSCH • ALFONSO VOLO • MARY WEIG • BEN WILTON • JANET WINKIE • GARY L. WOLFE
@ Hallwalls TONIGHT 8PM
Jessica Pavone/Mary Halvorson Duo
"Mary Halvorson and Jessica Pavone are a Brooklyn-based collaborative duo that have been working together for over four years composing and performing a unique body of music, drawing from classical, jazz and folk traditions while experimenting with new forms. Their music explores improvisation and composition while utilizing amplification and electronic effects as well as acoustic presentation. The compositions in their current repertoire generally range in length from two to six minutes, with each of them composing separate pieces for the project."
Hallwalls 35th Anniversary Auction
Asbury Hall @ Babeville (Part 1)
Thurs, August 6, 2009
"Hallwalls celebrates its 35th anniversary in 2009. To mark this milestone, in August and September Hallwalls has planned a rare (for us) two-part benefit art auction, the first part to take place here in Buffalo in Asbury Hall on the evening Thursday, August 6th, the second part to be conducted in New York City by and at Christie's on Wednesday, September 23, as part of Christie's fall 2009 "First Open" Sale of Post-War & Contemporary Art, and featuring donated works from just a select few of the many art world luminaries who either got their start here at Hallwalls or exhibited here early in their careers."
Go Here for More Information and To View Online Catalogue
Artvoice Geoff Kelly Bid High, Bid Often
• Building Buffalo: A Structural Look at the HIstory and Culture of Allentown @ Sugar City Fri, July 31, 4-10pm
• Jasaon Daquino @ Karpeles (220 North) op Sat, Aug 1, 5-8pm (thru Sept 30)
• Caroline and Tim Hailand @ CG Jung Center op Sun, Aug 2, 2-4pm
• Cheryl Gorski @ Karpeles (453 Porter) op Thurs Aug 6 (thru Sept 18)
• Gary L. Wolfe ad Priscilla Bowen @ UB Center for the Arts op Fri, Aug 7, 5-7pm
Infringement Concludes This Weekend
Buffalo Infringement Festival
• Duayne Hatchett at the Burchfield thru Aug 30 Buffalo News Dabkowski
• Kara Daving @ Houghton Gallery thru Aug 28
• Jay Rote @ Starlight Studio thru Aug 21
• Wall Rockets: Contemporary Artists & Ed Ruscha @ Albright thru Oct 25
• Laura MInor @ Hardware thru Aug 2
• Kristin Brandt, Elene Sirici, David Tarsa, Margaret LeJ• eune, Daniel Christmann @ Artspace thru Aug 14
• Eileen Greatza, Mark and Rebecca Severson, Kenn Morgan, MIchael Mulley, Robert Schultz, Sylvia Coles, Holly Szafranski, Steve Saladyga, Shannon Thomas, Saundra Jardine @ El Museo thru Aug 1
• Infringement Group Exhibition @ Gateway (141 Elmwood) thru Aug 2
• Peter Fowler @ Kepa3 thru Aug 15
• Tom Holt @ the Castellani thru Sept 13 Buffalo News Dabkowski
• Felice Koenig and Meg Knowles @ Olean Public Libary thru July 31 Buffalo News Dabkowski
• Margaret Hart @ Burchfield Nature & Art Center thru Sept 12
• Justine Kurland, Alice O'Malley, Brian Ulrich @ CEPA thru Aug 22
• Monica Angle @ Wine On Third thru Aug 1
• William Koch, Amy Robinson Gendrou, Rosemary Bauer Sroka, Kathleen Sherin @ BAS Buff News Buff News Eisenberg
• Jed Jackson @ the Castellani thru Sept 20
• Diane Baker at The Mansion on Delaware (indefinitely)
"It was the historic dust-up that ensued when this photograph appeared, in 1974, in Artforum, the leading art magazine of the time. Ms. Benglis called the image a 'centerfold' and considered it a work of art; others called it an ad, since Paula Cooper, Ms. Benglis’s dealer at the time, paid for it; still others said it was pornography and unsuitable for an art magazine."
NY Times Smith
"Porn star Stormy Daniels' potential senatorial campaign was rocked yesterday by an explosion that blew up her political advisor's car in New Orleans..."
"A rare survivor among the stately wood-crib elevators that once towered over rural America, this 105-foot-tall structure has been reincarnated as one of the strangest new homes for contemporary art in the Northeast, a place that feels like a Lower East Side gallery transplanted into a treehouse, redolent of damp pine and the animal feed that once filled the spaces."
NY Times Kennedy
"Yet in the last few months, the online encyclopedia Wikipedia has been engulfed in a furious debate involving psychologists who are angry that the 10 original Rorschach plates are reproduced online, along with common responses for each. For them, the Wikipedia page is the equivalent of posting an answer sheet to next year’s SAT."
"Even the words 'United States,' it seems — when spelled out in the wrong size and color — can be an unacceptable security risk."
"Whatever he might have thought of Coney Island, the show seems to suggest, Coney Island liked Freud."
"The designer Ron Arad has always had a lot of nerve, and it ricochets around his rambunctious, ultimately inconclusive retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art like an ammo belt’s worth of stray bullets. Sometimes the bullets hit, turning random targets into bull’s-eyes. More often they are wide of the mark, resulting in things that seem self-indulgent and frivolous."
NY Times Smith
"MoMA , like everyone else these days on a budget, even kept the bar open an extra hour to further inebriate the youth of modernism."
"In his works, independence was central: dancers were often alone even in duets or ensembles, and music and design would act as environments, sometimes hostile ones."
NY Times obit
"I’m the least dance-savvy person around, but it’s fair to say that not a day has passed in my art existence without contemplating Cage, Rauschenberg and Cunningham."
"His critics saw the donations as the entire point of his ministry, calling him a con man misleading his flock. His defenders, while acknowledging his love of luxury, argued that his church had roots both in the traditions of African-American evangelism and in the philosophies of mind over matter."
NY Times obit
Something I listened to this week...
(1969) Somewhere between free jazz and acid jazz with an awful lot of other textures blended in, this album's first track "The Creator Has A Master Plan" popped up on the iPod shuffle while I was driving and about seven minutes in I couldn't take the suspense anymore and had to see what it was. Bells, whistles, near-cacophony, blissful harmony, and experimental vocalizing fill the 32 minute song like a shifting ocean of sound crashing repeatedly on the shore. Once it was over, I had to play it again. And again. I think I ended up listening to it five times during the past two weeks. Pretty spectacular. One of those treats that falls into the category of Something I Should Have Heard By Now But Hadn't.