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Museum Hours, Two Impromptu Performances – 2016

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016
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    Title: Singer of Tales
    Scultpure installation by Jon Isherwood

  • Woody would meet Dick Cavett at the Met – read Museum Hours by David Ehrenstein.

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    (Tony Cragg Sculpture installation)
    Photos by Fung Lin Hall

  • Museum Hours by Jem Cohen – Art, Life & Mystery (previous post)

    Museum Hours by Jem Cohen – Art, Life & Mystery & Iris Murdoch

    Monday, July 14th, 2014
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    Rembrant Born: July 15, 1606

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    Museum Hours trailer on youtube.

    Old masters, sweet mystery – A.O Scott

    “Museum Hours,” Jem Cohen’s quietly amazing, sneakily sublime new film, is partly a reflection on such aesthetic puzzles. Shot on high-definition digital video and super-16-millimeter film in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, the film lingers over great paintings by Rembrandt, Bruegel and other European masters, inviting us to contemplate the complex, half-obscured tales they might tell. In one scene, an art historian (Ela Piplits) tries to initiate a crowd of skeptical tourists into the mysteries of Bruegel’s “Conversion of St. Paul” (1567), and Mr. Cohen’s camera supports her arguments by finding details in the picture that might be easy to overlook.

    Jem Cohen directed the museum hours.

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    Iris Murdoch was born on 15 July 1919
    Walter Benjamin, Iris and Derrida (previous post)

    “Until the escape into art, then nature,
    the stories are dark, dark, dark.
    Parsifal with no Grail.
    Isolde with no Death.
    Papageno with no flute.”

    Summer Interlude – Iris and Derrida
    “Murdoch’s implicit philosophical position is austere, classical, rigorous: unromantic, and pessimistic. Not that pessimism precludes comedy: on the contrary, it is probably the basis of the comic spirit.

    See Ingrid 1Italy Bergman at the museum, looking at the sculpture.
    Viaggio In Italia

    Black Butterflies and Buddha + Francis Alÿs – A Visit to the Museum 2018

    Thursday, May 31st, 2018
    Photo by Fung Lin Hall

  • Carlos Amorales

    Carlos Amorales Mexico CIty
    Black Cloud – Black Paper Moths

    See more vibrant art from Latin American art – (archive)

  • Museum Hours and Performances here.

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    Photo by Fung Lin Hall

    Fabiola Project closes on Oct. (De Menil, Houston)

    Francis Alÿs (See his projects here)

    Three decades of paintings – Liverpool Binnial (Art Net)

    Francis Alÿs (wiki)

    Francis Alÿs (born 1959, Antwerp) is a Belgian-born, Mexico-based artist. His work emerges in the interdisciplinary space of art, architecture, and social practice. After leaving behind his formal training as an architect and relocating to Mexico City, he has created a diverse body of artwork and performance art that explores urbanity, spatial justice, and land-based poetics. Employing a broad range of media from painting to performance, his works examine the tension between politics and poetics, individual action and impotence. Alÿs commonly enacts paseos—walks that resist the subjection of common space.[1] Alys reconfigures time to the speed of a stroll, making reference to the figure of the flâneur, originating from the work of Charles Baudelaire and developed by Walter Benjamin.[2] Cyclical repetition and return also inform the character of Alÿs’ movements and mythology—Alÿs contrasts geological and technological time through land-based and social practice that examine individual memory and collective mythology. Alÿs frequently engages rumor as a central theme in his practice, disseminating ephemeral, practice-based works through word-of-mouth and storytelling.

    Conceptual Artist Chris Burden Dies at 69

    Sunday, May 10th, 2015
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  • Chris Burden dies at 69: artist’s light sculpture at LACMA is symbol of L.A.

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    For Oh Dracula, a 1974 performance at the Utah Museum of Art in Salt Lake City, Chris Burden replaced a painting on the wall with a large cloth chrysalis which he then climbed inside. Burden hung on the wall for one day during museum hours, cloistered in darkness like a light-sensitive vampire.

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    The Agony of Body Artist (Roger Ebert)

    Do you believe in Television – Chris Burden and TV

  • Christopher Burden (April 11, 1946 – May 10, 2015) was an American artist working in performance, sculpture, and installation art.

    One of Burden’s most reproduced and cited pieces, Trans-Fixed took place on April 23, 1974 at Speedway Avenue in Venice, California.[8] For this performance, Burden lay face up on a Volkswagen Beetle and had nails hammered into both of his hands, as if he were being crucified on the car. The car was pushed out of the garage and the engine revved for two minutes before being pushed back into the garage.

    Elegance is Progress, An Elephant Sitting Still

    Sunday, June 13th, 2021
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    I saw An Elephant Sitting Still. 4 hours film, the young filmmaker Hu Bo’ committed suicide right after. He was Bela Tarr’s protege, Tarr was devastated.

  • Gus Van Sant – Elephant, Part of Death Trilogy

  • (Elizabeth Taylor replaced Vivien Leigh, years later Peter Finch received a posthumous Oscar with “Network”)

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    See two Elephants here We Love New York but the traffic in times Square

  • In China Elephants Wandering – Nobody Knows Why (June 4, 2021)

  • Michael Asher – Subversive Artist R.I.P

    Friday, October 19th, 2012

    Michael devoted his work to exploring the limits of the galleries and schools and museums that give context and space for art, poking at all sorts of barriers and shibboleths with a humor that was sometimes sly, and sometimes hilarious,” Thomas Lawson

    In 1970, Michael Asher created a piece that opened to the street outside Pomona College’s museum. (Pomona College Museum of Art)

    Michael Asher was 69.(July 15, 1943 – October 14, 2012)

    Storied Teacher and Artist Who Examined, Defied Convention

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    Michael Asher’s “2010” work, “No Title,” opened the Biennial continuously to the public twenty-four hours a day from Wednesday, May 26 at 12:00 am through Friday, May 28 at 11:59 pm. This video features surveillance footage—taken in the Museum’s lobby—of the first ten seconds of every hour during the project.

    Washington post obit

    Marina Full of Grace

    Friday, May 28th, 2010

    Amir Baradaran – Behind Canvas Act II

    Amir Baradaran Dear Marina, do you accept this marriage?

    Amir Baradaran third act

    How Marina Abramovic’s Red-Velvet Rope at MoMA Works

    The line to sit opposite Marina Abramovic in the atrium at MoMA has become as much a part of her performance as the artist herself. A slew of celebrities, including James Franco, Rufus Wainwright, and Björk, have shown up, one guy has visited fourteen times, and waits as long as eight hours have been recorded. (As to how Abramovic pees, her assistant swears she holds it in.)

    Here is a mystery man in tears, a frequent visitor – 14 times in all.

    Women in Veil 33 min.

    List of celebrities from Flickr file..(looked for Christopher Walken but not found – he was rumored to be in Day 33)
    Alan Rickman 9 min.

    Isabelle Huppert 16 min.

    Christian Amapour 2 min

    Arthur Danto 10 min (He was wheeled out, Marina did not restore his legs)

    With Bjork having a telephathic conversation

    More list of celebrities here.

    The Artist as a Museum Piece by John Haber

    When performance art becomes a museum piece, is it still performance? Marina Abramovic aims for grandeur but has me wondering.

    Artist in green marinafamily08 uniform and little girls with weapons but no shoes.
    2008 Florence Biennale