being and otherness
“I’m trying to get away with the redundancy of being an African-American or making African-American art. It’s like a double negative, a double noun. So I’m trying to figure it out. Everyone knows that I am black, so my work doesn’t have to shout it out anymore…. I am black. The work will automatically be thought of as a part of my African-American culture.” ~David Hammons (from Carousel Microcinema)
“People are the best medicine for people.” William Pope L
Next June, artist William Pope.L will ask people across Cleveland to manually pull an 8-ton truck through the city for 72 hours straight. Yes, that’s 72 HOURS! STRAIGHT!
During the pull, images gathered from Clevelanders about the work they do everyday will be projected out the truck’s back doorway for all to see.
Want to be a part of this ambitious show of what Cleveland can do when we pull together? Join Pope.L at a community meeting about ‘Pull!’ to find out more about the project.
Pull! will take place on June 7-10 of 2013.More information: www.spacesgallery.org/
last week David and I saw the LA Phil play Alben Berg’s Wozzeck, after which I felt a need for revolution. Georg Büchner’s play is available in several editions at the LA Library. I have one copy checked out now, and I recommend that you grab one for yourself. The opera is torture to watch, and is beautiful. No-one has better portrayed the pathetic, worthless existence of modern man against the uncaring cruelty of the entitled class. Much of what I see artists doing today is encapsulated in Büchner’s and in Berg’s opera. Watch. Listen. Read. Learn. Today.
and for those among us who have two hours to spare, Franz Welser-Möst conducting Berg’s Lulu, entire.
and, because I love the Cleveland Symphony and Welser-Möst,
pretend you’re in love, or simply fall in love
if you know Reggie Thomas, tell him yay. Send me info!
and now (3:45 pm on Nov 26, 2012) I have the good fortune to pay a visit to Cal State Long Beach to talk and listen and look.