Contemporaneous Extension


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With the holiday season rapidly approaching, I am finding my reindeer spirit-animal in good cheer. Furthermore, there are also a few things I’m particularly amped about approaching…

SANTACON: If you live in NYC/Tri-State area, you should treat yourself to a whiskey and hot chocolate at 10am and come to SantaCon. The revelry lasts all day, and usually results in belligerence but not without seeing hundreds upon hundreds of people dressed in Santa suits caroling, dancing, and generally sharing unspeakable holiday merriment.

 

'Untitled,' Benjamin Norman, 2009

'Untitled,' Benjamin Norman, 2009

'Untitled,' Benjamin Norman, 2009

'Untitled,' Benjamin Norman, 2009

 

 

 

Performance 9 at MoMA: I’m planning on heading over to see Allora & Calzadilla’s performance of Beethoven’s Fourth Movement from the Ninth Symphony (‘Ode to Joy’) next week. The performers formulate the piece backwards and upside-down from inside the actual piano while traipsing around the second floor atrium. With two full octaves depleted from the range of the piano itself due to the massive hole, it should be a thrill to rehash the glorious work. It will be performed through January 11, every hour from 11:30 til close.

 

'Stop, Repair, Prepare: Variations on “Ode to Joy”? for a Prepared Piano.' 2008. Prepared Bechstein piano, pianist (Amir Khosrowpour shown).

'Stop, Repair, Prepare: Variations on “Ode to Joy”? for a Prepared Piano.' 2008. Prepared Bechstein piano, pianist (Amir Khosrowpour shown).

 

 

 

Fire in My Belly (1986-7): After all the press for being pulled from the ‘Hide/Seek’ exhibition in Washington, D.C., the New Museum has stepped up and is showing the full 13-minute version of David Wojnarowicz’s striking film commenting on life, death, and the mortality that was the AIDS epidemic. The full version, as well as the 4-minute excerpt that appeared in the D.C show, will be on view through January 23rd.  The New Museum has coined it as “an act of solidarity with the many artists whose rights of expression continue to be limited by misinformation and fear.” KUDOS to the Museum, I can’t wait to check it out and laugh at how biased and judgmental Catholic conservatives can be.

 

David Wojnarowicz, 'Fire in my Belly,' 1986-7, video.

David Wojnarowicz, 'Fire in my Belly,' 1986-7, video.

For those who can’t make it to the New Museum:

(Courtesy of P.P.O.W Gallery)

 

 

 

DCKT Contemporary: The wonderfully curated gallery is moving from their spot on the Bowery to 237 Eldridge Street and having their inaugural exhibit sparked by a spiritual parade led by artist Irvin Morazan. His solo show, Temple of the Bearded Man, opens January 8th. The parade, entitled the Coyote Procession, takes place January 7 at 6pm and is accompanied by a Mexican mariachi band, mythological headdresses, and what looks to be quite the absurdist showing. Get ready to transition your charcoal soul into the New Year!

 

Irvin Morazon, 'Coyote Procession,' 2011, mixed media

Irvin Morazan, 'Coyote Procession,' 2011, mixed media

 

 

Art Barter: Taking place this week at 131 Chrystie Street, its the ultimate trade-off to win yourself a piece of art! Happening through the 12th of December, take the best of what you got and see if an artist is willing to take you up on your offer and give you a piece of their own. Everything from woolen socks to a weekend at homes in Antwerp and Chile have been offered. Optimally jugs of homemade eggnog or an offer to pose for photographs can get me something good!

 

 

Andy Warhol- Motion Pictures: Starting up at MoMA on December 19th and showing through March 21st, I can’t think of many other excuses to go to the museum on a freezing day that is surely in our future. It explores his famed silent films like Blow Job and Kiss among many others. I recently saw I Shot Andy Warhol, a great film about his fascination with stardom and the rhythms we maintain as individuals which is sure to be expanded upon in this show.

 

Andy Warhol, 'Screen Test: Allen Ginsberg (1966).' 16mm film (black and white, silent). 4 min. at 16fps. 2010

Andy Warhol, 'Screen Test: Allen Ginsberg (1966).' 16mm film (black and white, silent). 4 min. at 16fps. 2010

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