Articles pulled from the international media with links to relevant sites on the Web.
- Survival Research Laboratories Members Arrested
On November 26, 1995 SRL staged a performance entitled Crime Wave at 400 Beale Street in San Francisco for an audience of approximately 2200. After the event numerous police and Fire Department officials surrounded the site and cordoned the area off. Although no injuries occurred and no property was damaged other than that owned by SRL the site was searched and Mark Pauline and Mike Dingle were held for questioning. After 5 hours 13 charges were filed against them by the SFPD and two by the SFFD. (SOURCE: email@example.com (Tess Mercer) via FringeWare, via FineArtForum Volume 10, Number 2/3)
- Soho Guggenheim to Focus on Multimedia Art
When the museum reopens on May 9 after three months of renovation and expansion, it will not be with the previously planned exhibition of Jeff Koons's work: his show has been rescheduled for September. Instead the museum will present an exhibition of multimedia art. . . In an effort to shore up its sagging attendance, the four-year-old museum is shifting its exhibition focus from works in its permanent collection to trendy high-tech art. (SOURCE: Carol Vogel, New York Times, 2/16/96)
- Museum of Modern Art in New York to Expand
MoMA has bought the neighboring Dorset Hotel and two brownstones from the estate of developer Sol Goldman for $50 million. The acquisition will nearly double the size of the museum, which at present can show less than 10 percent of its permanent collection. A capital campaign drive is planned to carry out the expansion. (SOURCE: Carol Vogel, New York Times, 2/5/96)
- American Center in Paris Must Sell Its Home
PARIS -- The American Center, which for 65 years has served as both promoter and window of American culture in Paris, announced Wednesday that it had lost its battle for economic survival, and would close and sell its new ultra-modern headquarters on the eastern edge of the city. (SOURCE: Alan Riding, New York Times, 1/25/96)
- Ashton Hawkins Forced Out As Chairman of DIA
Trustees of the Dia Center threatened to withhold donations unless longtime chairman Ashton Hawkins, who is also vice president and counsel to the trustees for the Metropolitan, agreed to step down. Younger trustees, allied with director Michael Govan, were dissatisfied with Mr. Hawkins because of the center's operating deficit. Dia is in the first phase of a capital campaign and several large donations were promised on the condition of his departure...(SOURCE: Roberta Smith, New York Times, 12/23/95, p. 13).
- Beat is Hip Again, But What Is That (After the Sandals and Espresso)?
It's been 50 years since Jack Kerouac met Allen Ginsberg and one generation after another since then has rediscovered the beats for itself. "Beat Culture and the New America, 1950-1965" at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York is a tribute to the days before Starbucks...History may be messy, but it is not this messy..."Beat Culture" serves up a vew of the past by six degrees of separation: because Kerouac admired Pollock and they were both inspired by jazz improvisations, then Pollock must belong to the beat generation...The exhibition is a virtual flea market of beat books, films, photographs and other memorabilia...(SOURCE: Michael Kimmelman, New York Times, 11/10/95, p. C1).
Literary Kicks by Levi Asher
"Beat Culture and the New America"
- French Survey Sex in 20th-Century Art
The new exhibition at the Georges Pompidou Center, "Feminine/Masculine: The Sex of Art," is unlikely to travel to the United States as it offers enough evidence of artistic fascination with sex for Robert Mapplethorpe's photographs to pass almost unnoticed. Courbet's "Origin of the World," an oil of a nude woman's lower body, is the earliest work in the show and rarely seen works by Picasso, Dali and Warhol are included as well as contemporary pieces by Louise Bourgeois, Jasper Johns, Kiki Smith and others. (SOURCE: Alan Riding, New York Times, 11/7/95, p. C13).
French National Center for Art and Culture Georges Pompidou
THING Review by Joseph Nechvatal
- Manufacturing Dissent
"Bill Gates' plan for interactivity is to make people stupid. Subordinate them to technology by way of interactive shopping." (SOURCE: Interview with Noam Chomsky, 21C Scanning the Future).
- Broad Family Foundation Grant and Web Site
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Eli Broad Family Foundation, Mr. Broad has given a $1 million grant to the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art and created a Web site (http://www.broadartfdn.org) so that "professors and curators worldwide will get a better idea of what we have...and teachers will be able to use the information as an educational tool."(SOURCE: Carol Vogel, New York Times, 9/29/95, p. C24).
- TV and Radio Museum Creates a Second Self
The Museum of Television and Radio in New York, with a collection of more than 75,000 television and radio programs, will duplicate its entire collection in order to open a second museum in Los Angeles in 1996. The museum will also start a site on the Web and sell products from the museum's gift shop through the QVC home shopping network. (SOURCE: Lawrie Mifflin, New York Times, 9/15/95, p. D18).
- Duchamp's "Bicycle Wheel" Stolen and Returned
An unidentified man raced out of the Museum of Modern Art in New York carrying Marcel Duchamp's "Bicycle Wheel," a 1951 recreation by the artist of his 1913 original. The work was found the next morning in the museum's sulpture garden. A MoMA spokeswoman said damage was minor but Detective Joseph Arigoni confirmed that the stool was in bad shape. (SOURCE: Carol Vogel, New York Times, 9/15/95, p. C29).
- Eugene Schwartz, Art Collector, Dies
Eugene M. Schwartz, who with his wife, Barbara, assembled one of the nation's leading collections of contemporary art, died yesterday of a heart attack at his home in Manhattan. He was 68. Mr. Schwartz wrote, "The only important thing about art is the art itself -- not its monetary value, not its social prestige, not its public-relations leverage." (SOURCE: Paul Goldberger, New York Times,9/7/95, p. B17)
Gene Schwartz purchased "The World's First Collaborative Sentence" by Douglas Davis in our PROJECTS section knowing that he also shared it with the millions on the Web who could have it for free. He was a friend to art and countless artists and will be missed.
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