CONTINUING thru April 9 @ Hallwalls
Gallery hours: Tues to Fri 11am to 6pm, Sat 11am to 2pm
JOSHUA GREENE: CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS
HEATHER LAYTON: PREPARING TO LOSE
"Hallwalls is pleased to host a screening of feminist videos that explore female interiority in public space. Curated by Stella Mars, the program features works by Kate Gilmore, Heather Keung, Eileen Maxson, Shannon Plumb among others. The screening precedes the opening of Scan Lines, an exhibition at the Carnegie Art Center, on view April 10-May 15."
"Squeaky Wheel is thrilled to present a collection of four films by the legendary expiremental/ethnographic filmmaker Chick Strand on Friday April 2nd. Strand, who passed away in the summer of 2009, was a co-founder of Canyon Cinema and pioneered experimental non-fiction ethnographic film. In addition to the retrospective
screening, film theorist Scott MacDonald will give a presentation via Skype about Strand's influential work."
"How curious that a mob fond of likening President Obama to Hitler knows so little about history that it doesn’t recognize its own small-scale mimicry of Kristallnacht. The weapon of choice for vigilante violence at Congressional offices has been a brick hurled through a window. So far."
"Few modern myths about art have been as persistent or as annoying as the so-called death of painting. Unless, of course, it is the belief that abstract and representational painting are oil and water, never to meet as one."
"Listening to Chrissie, I marveled at the pleasures of jet-set curation and puzzled my brain at the active disjunction between the pampered privileges of the museoelites and the often difficult art with which they hammer the public."
"The London 2012 organizers and their designers, Wolff Olins, responded by claiming that the logo was intentionally brave, bold and ahead of its time but that we would learn to love it. That was nearly three years ago, plenty of time to win us over. Were they right?"
"But it is Mr. Molina’s stare that invests it with real drama. 'What do you see?' he asks in the play’s first line, with an urgency that is part hope and part despair, with despair in the ascendant. By this time we have looked into his eyes. What we see, above all, is an artist seeing, and it’s impossible not to feel thrilled by the privilege."
"The gap between exhibition and catalog reveals much about the pitfalls of the curatorial discipline, including art theory’s blinkering of vision; discomfort with new, unsanctioned art; and the tendency toward what might be called reverse revisionism — that is, narrowing, rather than broadening, artistic canons."
“I remember so vividly my first time aloft that I can still hear the wind swing in the wires as we glided down. By the time the pilot touched the wheels gently to earth, I knew my future in airplanes and flying was as inevitable as the freckles on my nose.”
"The narrators of Ai’s poems are male and female, young and old, famous and unsung. Many are profoundly unlikable, some genuinely evil. They do terrible things. In the worlds they inhabit, families are shattered, lovers abandoned, children abused."
"Mr. Frey and his team created the car — from approval by top management to the showroom — in just 18 months, and expectations were modest when it was introduced on April 17, 1964, at the New York World’s Fair. Ford figured it would sell 80,000 Mustangs in its first year. It sold more than a million in its first two years."
"But he was always more than an imitator: his style mixed the harmonic sophistication of bebop with the earthy directness of the blues and seasoned the blend with a twang more typical of country music than jazz."
"At Charlton, he helped come up with a line of action heroes, including Blue Beetle, The Question and The Peacemaker, that would later be purchased by DC Comics and become the basis for the heroes in Watchmen..."
"Today, the seemingly conflicting forces of pornography, feminism and a new breed of photo magazines that would rather put a camera on the cover than a pretty woman have all but dried up the market for old-fashioned pinups — the annual Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue being a notable exception. But in the 1950s and ’60s, it was hard to find a soldier’s locker, a truck stop or a factory washroom that wasn’t decorated with one."
Something I listened to this week...