Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Eisenhower at the Met, Lippard vs. Benglis, the Titanic, Dia, etc. [Collected]


Detail view of Glenn Ligon, Notes on the Margin of the Black Book, 1991–93. Off-set prints and text, 91 off-set prints, framed: 11 1/2 x 11 1/2 in. each; 78 text pages, framed: 5 1/4 x 7 1/4 in. each. In "Glenn Ligon: AMERICA" at the Whitney, New York. Photos: 16 Miles [more]
  • While doing research in the Metropolitan of Museum Art's archives, the director of the Monuments Men Foundation recently discovered a recording of the provocative speech about culture and war that General Dwight Eisenhower delivered at the museum in 1946. Laura Gilbert reports on the fascinating piece and shares the story of the Americans who advocated taking German–owned artworks as spoils of war. [Art Unwashed]

  • Tough choices on Thursday evening: Lucy Lippard is presenting a lecture called "Ghosts, the Daily News and Prophecy: Critical Landscape Photography" at the School of Visual Arts at 7:00 pm, while Lynda Benglis will speak on "Refiguring the Spiritual" up at Columbia at 6:30 pm. [SVA and Columbia]

  • From the museum-spectacle department: on April 14, the Guggenheim will be the site of two performances of Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster's Titanic–inspired T.1912. Tickets are $30, though you can spring for a $200 "First Class" ticket that will get you champagne and dessert. [Guggenheim]

  • Dia will stage simultaneous performances of Robert Whitman's Passport at Riverfront Park in Beacon, New York, and the Alexander Kasser Theater in Montclair, New Jersey, on April 16 and 17. [Dia]

  • Donald Judd's wood boxes at Dia:Beacon versus wood boxes "with some slutty heels on them" in SoHo. [C-Monster]
  • "Jorge Pardo -- recycles midcentury design to no account that I can see. Ruined the floors of the lobby of the old Dia building with 'colorful' tile-work." — Tweet-length descriptions of contemporary artists by John Perreault. [Artopia, via @gregorg]
  • Rainer Ganahl's Bicycling 51st Street and 8th Avenue (2001) is a bird's-eye video of the artist doing just that in a rather dangerous–looking manner. [Ganahl.info]

  • "Studio visits are cultural dates that have the anxieties of making good impressions but also have a specific decorum and sometimes objectives." — Jamie Sterns on the rules and rituals of the studio visit. [Ya Ya Ya]

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