The Bruce High Quality Foundation, the official arbiter of the estate of Bruce High Quality, is dedicated to the preservation of the legacy of the late social sculptor Bruce High Quality. In the spirit of the life and work of Bruce High Quality, it aspires to invest the experience of public space with wonder, to resurrect art history from the bowels of despair, and to impregnate the institutions of art with the joy of man’s desiring. Operating simultaneously as an artist and arts institution since its founding on September 11, 2001, the Bruce High Quality Foundation presents It’s About Time, a talk covering the paradoxes of working simultaneously as an artist and organization, issues of timelessness, the construction of history, the progress of garbage, the politics of specificity, how to run a free art school, how to get rich, branding, the internet, the auction market from 1973 to present, community spirit, drinking in public, and how to build a better tomorrow.
Eve Sussman is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York. Her film 89 Seconds at Alcázar stole the show in the 2004 Whitney Biennial; and Rape of the Sabine Women, another film, has been shown internationally with critical acclaim. For this Tuesday Evenings presentation, the Modern is proud to act as the black-box testing site for the “beta” version of whiteonwhite:algorithmicthriller, the latest work-in-progress by Eve Sussman|Rufus Corporation. The film’s continuously evolving narrative is guided by a custom-made algorithm that edits in real time from a server loaded with thousands of clips, creating a never-ending movie. A “New Wave-futurist-noir,” the story follows the observations and surveillance of a geophysicist code writer obliged to remain in City-A, a dystopian sci-fi metropolis where nouveau-riche capitalists preside over the dregs of communism. The film mixes chronology, never repeats the same way twice, and has no start or end time. The duration of the film is created by the viewer. Enter and exit as you wish. Feel free to read the code screen at the front of the theatre. This presentation will last approximately two hours including a Q&A with Sussman and editor Kevin Messman following the screening.
whiteonwhite is supported by Creative Capital, The Richard Massey Foundation, CEC Artslink, New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), The Trust for Mutual Understanding and Sisita Soldevila/Amister Collection–Barcelona
Dr. Michael Corris is an artist, art historian, and writer on art. He is a member of the Conceptual art group Art & Language, a founding editor of The Fox and Red-Herring, and an editor of Transmission Annual. Corris’s writings on contemporary art have been widely published in international journals and magazines, including Art Monthly, Artforum, Art History, and art+text. Also recognized for his thorough and thoughtful coverage of the artist Ad Reinhardt in the 2008 book by the same name, Corris’s most recent publication is a book he wrote with John Dixon Hunt and David Lomas on the use of language in art, Art, Word, and Image: 2000 Years of Visual/Textual Interaction, published in 2010. Each author contributed their take on the topic of art, word, and image in individual essays. Corris’s interpretation serves as the subject of this Tuesday Evenings presentation, NO FREE READING: Interpreting Contemporary Art, Word and Image, drawing examples from the past ten years with some detours to the 1960s.
Ben Jones is an interdisciplinary artist based in New York whose tantalizing work is featured in the Modern’s third FOCUS exhibition of the season. Jones, a member of the East Coast Art Collective, Paper Rad, has received recognition with an impressive exhibition, performance, and publication record for what is described in the press release for his solo exhibition The New Dark Age at Deitch Projects in New York as, “between-media video sculpture, light painting, and ‘drawing in the digital age’” that “explores new methods of pictorial storytelling...” As with the work in The New Dark Age, Jones tends to blow the viewer away with an onslaught of imagery, pattern, and color that replicate and play with the visual bombardment of the contemporary world. As the Deitch Projects press release aptly explains, “To the naked eye, The New Dark Age might be a blinding glimpse at the darkly comic heart of the ‘Internet generation gone wild.’” This Tuesday Evening presentation offers a special preview of what Jones has in-store for the Modern’s audience with the Museum’s final FOCUS exhibition which opens to the public Sunday, April 11, 2009.
Kenneth Goldsmith, a New York-based poet whose writing has been described as, “some of the most exhaustive and beautiful collage work yet produced in poetry” by Publishers Weekly, is founding editor of the online archive UbuWeb (ubu.com), and among other endeavors, is also the editor of I'll Be Your Mirror: The Selected Andy Warhol Interviews, which was the basis for the opera, “Trans-Warhol”, that premiered in Geneva in 2007. While the exhibition Andy Warhol: The Last Decade focuses on the artist’s paintings, Goldsmith’s Tuesday Evenings presentation, The Hyperlinked Warhol: The Artist as King of Media, highlights other activities that Warhol was involved in toward the end of his life, including forays into cable and network television, fashion modeling, advertising, and computer art. This lecture fleshes out the full spectrum of what it meant to be Andy Warhol at the end of his life. What emerges is a portrait of the artist as media visionary, one who, nearly three decades ago, accurately predicted our current infatuation with technology, celebrity, and social networking.
New York-based artist R. H. Quaytman and art historian Rhea Anastas recount the three-year run of Orchard, a Lower East Side gallery operated by a collective of artists, writers, and film and video makers in their presentation titled, May I Help You? A Short History of Orchard, 2005–2008 and a Spreadsheet. Quaytman and Anastas offer two perspectives on what happened when a strategic alliance of 12 artists was attempted, and when this diversity of artistic intentions, models, and values was made the basis of an exhibition, panel, and screening program. The project is discussed as one response to a complex period in art and culture in post-9/11 New York. In one of a series of articles on Orchard for the journal Grey Room, Branden W. Joseph wrote, “During that three-year period, the exhibitions, events, openings, screenings, discussions, and performances staged at the venue gradually became the locus and embodiment of a certain strain of critical artistic discourse. ...” While Quaytman and Anastas have successful, individual careers within their respective fields, this evenings presentation focuses on that “strain of critical artistic discourse” and the shared experience of Orchard.
Amy Blakemore has been described as an artist who “takes photographs in order to explore the ways in which memory both records and transforms visual information.” (Amy Blakemore: Photographs 1988–2008, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston) Blakemore, trained in the documentary tradition, is known for her small-scale photographs that suggest random snapshots while evoking something personal and poetic, something that puzzles and lingers. For Tuesday Evenings, she presents the unassuming and unforgettable photographs for which she has received much deserved recognition and critical acclaim.
Liam Gillick is an artist living and working in London and New York, and a lecturer at Columbia University, New York, as well as a writer and theorist. Gillick’s sculptures, installations, public projects, film scores, theoretical writing, design objects, and videos often center on social, economic, and political systems, and society's relationships and reactions to such structures. He has exhibited extensively worldwide, is closely associated with the relational aesthetics models of community, and was the artist presented at the German Pavilion during the 2009 Venice Biennale curated by Nicolaus Schafhausen. The selection of Gillick for the German Pavillion was carefully considered. Of his choice, Schafhausen wrote, “For me, as the curator it is important that Gillick understand art as a medium through which to observe contemporary life in its transformations and aporiae...” Gillick’s Tuesday Evenings presentation offers insight into his ideas and his diverse body of work that has contributed greatly to the discourse of the larger art world while encouraging intimate conversation and application among individual viewers, readers, and participants.
John Smith is a British filmmaker living and working in London, where he also teaches part-time as Professor of Fine Art at the University of London. Smith has received notoriety and praise for films that are strongly influenced by the Structural Materialist ideas that dominated British filmmaking during his formative years. Also fascinated by the immersive power of narrative and the spoken word, Smith has developed a body of work that deftly subverts the boundaries between documentary and fiction, representation and abstraction. Drawing on the raw material of everyday life, these meticulously crafted films rework and transform reality, playfully exploring and exposing the language of cinema. Described by Mark O’Pray of Art Monthly as, “One of the most talented filmmakers of the postwar generation,” Smith presents Real Fiction, a selection of his short films and presentation on the ideas that have shaped his art over the past four decades.
Peruvian-born artist Gabriel Acevedo Velarde recently embarked on a gradual move from Lima, Peru, to Mexico City to São Paolo, Brazil, and then to New York and Berlin. He uses experiences from his travels to inform his multimedia installations as featured in the Modern’s second FOCUS exhibition of 2010. Acevedo Velarde organizes his diverse artistic practice into projects that differ dramatically in terms of materials, technique, and presentation, but share an astute portrayal of the human condition, looking at the psychology of self-preservation within the precarious fragility of community and civilization. The artist touches on the driving force in his work with a description of one particular project, “The subject is a system that tries to keep standing despite its inner chaos, decadence, and most of all, its wild will for change.” For Tuesday Evenings, Acevedo Velarde discusses his methodology and the resulting performances, installations, films, and drawings that have been acknowledged for their elaborate preparation of seemingly simple forms that offer both humor and horror.