Why I paint dirt roads? Bob Dylan himself explains-By Bob Dylan In 1974 I played the first of many shows with the Band—maybe in eight years. We were in a hockey arena in Chicago. There were maybe 18,000 people there. The Band and I hadn’t played publicly together since 1966 where our shows caused a lot of disruption and turmoil—a lot of anger.… Read More
FESTIVAL WATCH | Performance actions teem in Bulgaria’s festival for independent theater-Of particular interest would the November 9, Open Space Forum, which organizers say "will explore several key factors in the development of contemporary culture that we consider important. They are: the development of international partnerships, the establishment of independent art spaces, as well as the development of new audiences and international mobility of artists and creative products."
IN EXHIBITION | “Fluxus as architecture” argues for the structural coherence of George Maciunas’s universal language-It's a prefab vision, but the exhibition seems to be arguing for a Fluxcity vision. that allows a single module to form into clusters, communities and hives. The concept leans on Maciunas's prefab design for Fluxhouse, which was completed in 1965. An architect, George Maciunas, educated in architecture at Cooper Union and Carnegie Institute of Technology, held several prestigious professional positions in firms including Skidmore, Owing and Merrill, Olin Mathieson Chemical Corporation and Knoll Associates. For sure, Fluxcity is not a fancy idea.
IN EXHIBITION | Photographic landscapes of sexual intimacy raise “Wonderlust’s” temperature-In "Wonderlust," Canadian artist Sarah Anne Johnson's work pushes the boundaries of photography by incorporating burning, scratching, gouging and glitter into her practice. These effects, she believes, "make visible the elation, beauty and self-consciousness of sex." She photographed her subjects in their homes and then worked with the resulting prints in her studio
IN EXHIBITION | Tyler Rollins Fine Art hosts Philippine artist Patricia Perez Eustaquio-The works in The Future That Was exhibitions in New York and Manila are reflections upon the structures and ideas that produce, frame and promote art and design. Philippine artist Patricia Perez Eustaquio weaves an open-ended narrative that examines notions of innovation and novelty, timeliness and timelessness, particularly as they relate to the language of design and fashion. She is interested in how material, fabrication, and intention combine to form an object that then takes on a life of its own.
THEATER TALK | House of Sweden hosts Swedish and American dialogue in D.C.-Artistic Director of Backa theatre Mattias Andersson who specializes in creating and staging theatrical projects grounded in sociological research methods will discuss this hot topic with Robert McNamara, artistic director of SCENA theatre and Otis Ramsey-Zöe, Lecturer of Theatre Arts at Howard University. Randy Gener will moderate the talk.
PERFORMANCE ART | It looks like torture? Great! Take part in the agony at HERE-Co-curated by Nicholas Cohn Art Projects and Amy Kisch of AKArt, the exhibit brings together performance-art happenings, video, photography and site-specific installations by an internationally renowned selection of artists. There will be a reception from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. with the performance by Jaeeun Lee beginning at 8:30pm.
Postcards from the Inge interview, Part 3 | A Ripple Effect-The following interview originally appeared in Postcards from the Inge, a blog. It is re-posted here with the kind permission of the author. Interview by AMANDA WHITE THIETJE Well, here it is, friends—the final installment of the Randy Gener trilogy. Thank you for tuning in this week to read Randy’s words, and many thanks to Mr. Gener… Read More
MUSEUM NEWS | Keith Haring Foundation gives $1-million grant to Whitney Museum-The grant will be used to support exhibitions at the Whitney's new location, scheduled to open in 2015, in Manhattan's Meatpacking District. Designed by Renzo Piano, the new building will enable the museum to increase the size and scope of its exhibitions and programming and to showcase, to a far greater extent than previously possible, its vast collection of American art.
Postcards from the Inge interview, Part 1 | From The Edge-IT’S PRAGUE QUADRENNIAL WEEK on Postcards from the Inge! Randy agreed to talk with me about the PQ, and there’s so much in this interview I want to share with you that I’m going to post it in three parts, so look for the second installment here and the third installment here.
Postcards from the Inge interview, Part 3 | A Ripple Effect-"The future is increasingly becoming hyper-local and immersive. The designers of the future will have to provide valuable insights into how, why and where we create new performance environments. They will determine the shape of theatre architecture to come. What’s the matter with Kansas if it cannot see that the techniques of illusion shape our reality, and not the other way around?"
In Adelaide, William Yang pays photographic tribute to the one and only Pina Bausch-"She was camera shy, wouldn't look at the camera, so it was difficult to get her picture," says the photographer and performance artist William Yang. "Her dancers held her in high esteem, revered her, regarded her as the guru. In an interview she was asked how she chose her dancers, and her reply, as I remember, was, '...if I could somehow love them.' "
Randy Gener appointed Editor-in-Chief of Prague Quadrennial Newspaper-Gener will also host daily gallery talks at USA National Exhibition entry to Prague Quadrennial, the “Olympics of Theater Design,” June 16–26 PRAGUE, Czech Republic, 6.1.2011 — Randy Gener, the Nathan Award–winning editor, writer and drama critic, has been appointed Editor-in-Chief of the Prague Quadrennial Newspaper in the Czech Republic. Gener returns to Prague, having served in June… Read More