Art@Bay at Sarasota Visual Art – Art After Dark: On the Record

DJ Brian Oblivion – he was spinning Gang of Four when I took this photo

My students looked at me as if they always thought I might be a nerd and I had just confirmed their suspicions.  Had I done anything fun this weekend?  Yes.  I went to the museum.

To be fair to my street cred, my visit to the museum did include alcohol, a DJ, and night-time schmoozing (oh, I hate that word, but it’s too accurate to substitute).  The Tampa Museum of Art hosts a quarterly event called Art After Dark.  The event opened the museum’s doors well past its usual bed time for a vinyl record themed party.

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I wasn’t quite expecting “Night at the Museum” sans Ben Stiller, but it was nearly as fun.  Good art, Christian Marclay (!), beer, music, Sleeveface: Art After Dark lived up to the promise.  Look out for a proper article on the event coming up at Sarasota Visual Art.  For now, enjoy the photos.

Power of Three in Grayscale, Susan Janvrin

Art from Susan Janvrin and Craig Kaths

Me and Christian Marclay! I really nerded out and may have creeped him out a bit. Sorry, Tampa, if he never comes back.

Sleeveface!

My wife, Wanda Jackson

DJ Brian Oblivion - he was spinning Gang of Four when I took this photo

Information Overlord’s Weekend Reading Guide – 3/18

I’m sick.  It may be SARS or Ebola or maybe a cold – I’m not sure.  That means toast and sleeping to Saved by the Bell reruns on Netflix for me.  If you’re of sound health, though, perhaps you’d like some Sunday brunch reading.  I hope you enjoy the links.

  • Ira Glass and the gang at This American Life made a mistake.  For some reason its the biggest thing since Ira’s sex tape.  You can read more about the goof here.
  • What’s being hailed as the best Art Fair in NYC this year is sounding like the most surreal to me.  Sculptures on beds and paintings over bathroom sinks?!  The Dependent Fair is freaking me out but I would’ve loved to have seen it.  You can see what I mean in this AFC article here.
  • I understand with all the heaps of hype (well deserved) you may have reached your Christian Marclay saturation point.  However, if you haven’t read this great New Yorker article about his move to England and the creation ot The Clock I’m sure you’ve got a smidgen left for good ol’ Marclay.  Check out the piece here.

Christian Marclay and Shelley Hirsch Performance at USFCAM

This Thursday (1/26/12) the USF Contemporary Art Museum will be hosting a performance by Christian Marclay and Shelley Hirsch.  If Christian Marclay’s name is sounding familiar it may be for a couple reasons.  Marclay is featured in Tempus Projects’ Things Not Seen Before exhibit but you may know him from winning the Golden Lion at the 2011 Venice Bienalle.  If you’re unfamiliar with the Golden Lion, that’s like winning the World Series of art (if by ‘World Series’ they really meant the world and not just the US and Toronto).

Christian Marclay, Manga Scroll, 2010 (detail).

Vocalist/composer/performance artist Shelley Hirsch will be interpreting and performing Marclay’s Manga Scroll (above), vocalising the onomatopoeic piece.  The two artists will also perform Zoom Zoom (I bet you’re already thinking of Mazda) where Marclay displays images of onomatopoeia’s generally found in advertising and packaging while Hirsch vocally responds.

Christian Marclay performing Zoom Zoom

A night of out-loud onomatopoieas – you know this is more fun than what you had planned for Thursday.  If you’re planning on going tickets are $15, $10 for staff, and free for students with an ID.  I heard the tickets are selling quickly so pick them up as soon as you can and have a great time…POW!