Tag Archives: 2008

A conversation with (Daniel Roth)

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Heads up.

If you happen to find yourself in Amsterdam this March, then you really should make sure to find your way to Fons Welters Gallery, and go check out the work of Daniel Roth.

If you’d like to read a bit about Daniel, then you can read my interview with him here (English), or here (Dutch).

See you next week!

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If walls had ears, what would the ceiling be? I wonder. Especially with this ceiling, which has heard it’s fair share of history over the years.

Presence of absence

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In late November, I found myself in Bangkok, looking for some street dogs that I had recruited for a project a few months earlier. On my way to an area where I was fairly certain I’d find at least some of the dogs, I looked down. How apropos

Under Cover

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Karma?

My Last Friday of the Month

Every month, at least every month during the ‘season’, the last Friday is reserved for openings, and trolley rides.

This past Friday was marked by the opening of Memphis College of Art MFA students Catherine Blackwell-Pena and John Gutierrez showing their work, as well as the launch of a project by Dwayne Butcher, for the 10th anniversary of the Urban Arts Commission.

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Forty Years Later

Yesterday was the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., which was marked by a series of events, including a Recommitment March, lead by the Rev. Al Sharpton, ending at the Lorraine Motel, where King was gunned down, now the National Civil Rights Museum.

A vigil, to commemorate King and his legacy was held from the former motel balcony, where speakers, including his son Martin Luther King III, daughter Bernice King, and Jesse Jackson, spoke about King, his work, and his ongoing legacy.

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Soap and things…

Last night, over a dinner with several CODA students, Charles, John Weeden, and Hamlett Dobbins, Hamlett told us about a documentary that I definitely must see, about entertainer/actor/performance artist Andy Kaufman’s wrestling career. While I was aware of his foray into professional wrestling (I’m even old enough to remember it before seeing Man on the Moon), I did not realize that Memphis played such an important role.

Kaufman came to Memphis, and went out of his way to belittle the citizens of Bluff City, as well as the entire South. It was all part of his act as the ‘bad guy’ to the local ‘good guy’, former art student, turned professional wrestler, who also happened to secretly ‘get’ Kaufman’s act: Jerry Lawler.

This gives you a taste of Kaufman’s critique.

Hopefully I haven’t made any similar faux pas (intentional or not).

If I have, Mr. Lawler and the good citizens of Memphis, please don’t hurt me.