Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Newest finds that are now mine...

The Bank – A Postscript From the Modern Ruin

By Peter Simek February 23, 2010 D Magazine, FrontRow
  The chronicler of recent happenings – the critic – occupies an unfortunate place in the telling of history: immediate enough to feel as if his or her words bear significance; close enough to the events at hand to be both blind to their true scope and obscured from the real story when it is finally told. This is how I felt witnessing Christina Rees and Thomas Fuelmer’s show “Modern Ruin” in the WaMu bank building that will soon no longer stand just south of the intersection of Lovers Lane and Greenville Ave. I, like so many who showed up Saturday, was taken up by the great enthusiasm of the event. As we pushed through the crowd – as thick as a frat party – stumbling upon works by a list of artists you couldn’t help but recognize as among Dallas’ current best, there was the palpable sense that this was something. Much of the work was vivid, moving, fresh, and inspired. There was a generational connect, an international flavor, and a refreshing mix of seriousness and whimsy, intelligence and play.
My favorite pieces in the show include works by Michael Corris, Richard Patterson, Margaret Meehan, Noah Simblist, and Cam Schoepp. READ MORE

Monday, February 22, 2010

Modern Ruin on MARKET PLACE.

"Were you one of the 600-700 people who checked out “Modern Ruin” over the weekend? The art exhibition took over a Washington Mutual branch on Greenville Avenue in Dallas that never actually opened as a bank. (The government seized WaMu, and the branch was never taken over by anyone else.) In fact, the million-dollar building ended up having just one function: to hold “Modern Ruin.”
As you can imagine, the artists who participated in the show focused much of their creative energy toward analyzing the recession and, more specifically, the building that would house their show.
I wasn’t able to attend the opening reception on Saturday night, but apparently it was quite a scene. I did stop by on Sunday, and everyone I talked to who also made it out Saturday night said over and over again that they were so excited by what felt like a real edgy art scene in town."

KERA 's Stephen Becker of Art&Seek talks about Christina Rees (co-curator with Thomas Feulmer) interview on Market Place and his Sat impressions of the show. Click here for Market Place interview and images!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Glasstire: Modern Ruin

Modern Ruin Floor plan
Terri Thornton "Push Comes to Shove"

"I just returned from attending Modern Ruin, a great experiment organized by Christina Rees and Thomas Feulmer. The two-day exhibition takes advantage of the never-used 1 million dollar WaMu branch at 5030 Greenville. The corperate franchise aesthetic provided a very bizarre backdrop for the experimentation of 15 artists remaking the space visually and behaviorly." writes glasstire blogger Chris Jagers.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Roundtable: Shadow of Financial Meltdown Looms as Artists Enter “Modern Ruin”

Ed. note: The following roundtable was held February 14 to discuss the show “Modern Ruin,” which will exhibit over the course of two days work by 15 artists in a never-used Washington Mutual bank building. On Monday, February 22, the building will be demolished.

Noah Simblist: We gathered over Sunday morning brunch to talk about the upcoming exhibition “Modern Ruin,” which opens at 8 p.m. on February 20 in a former bank building at 5030 Greenville Ave. just south of Lovers Lane in Dallas.
Christina Rees organized “Modern Ruin” with Thomas Feulmer. Richard Patterson, Terry Thornton, Margaret Meehan and myself are a small cross section of the fifteen participating artists involved. But our conversation will give you a sense of what some of us are thinking about going into this exhibition.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Kiki Smith: On Being a Woman, From Cradle to Grave

Published: February 12, 2010, The New York Times
The Victorian arts of mourning are alive in Kiki Smith’s latest work, as they have been in much of what she has produced since she emerged in the 1980s. Ms. Smith has always operated in close proximity to death; she lost a sister and many friends to AIDS, and has worked as an emergency medical technician... READ MORE

Friday, February 12, 2010

Thursday, February 11, 2010

"Perhaps a little melancholic but unquestionably beautiful."

Modern Ruin research notes...

These United States "Honor Amongst Thieves" from hoovesontheturf (sarahana) on Vimeo.


Frances Bagley
Tim Best
Michael Corris
Thomas Feulmer
Annette Lawrence
Margaret Meehan
Tom Orr
Richard Patterson
Cam Schoepp
Noah Simblist
Christoph Trendel
Terri Thornton
Kevin Todora
Jeff Zilm

Please join us for the opening reception/intervention with the artists the night of Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010, 8-11pm. The exhibition will be open to the public on February 20th and 21st, 12-5pm, though in the case of some artists the work left behind will be documentation of the actions that took place the night before.

On Thursday, September 25, 2008 the U.S. Government took over Washington Mutual, selling most of it to JPMorgan Chase.
Roughly a year earlier, at the height of a frenzied economic bubble, Washington Mutual began building a new 1 million dollar branch at 5030 Greenville Avenue, just south of Lovers Lane. Just after its completion, the government seized WaMu, and JPMorgan Chase decided not to occupy the building.
The new building was never opened, never used, and has sat as an empty shell for more than a year.

On February 20, 2010, Modern Ruin-a two-day exhibition organized by Christina Rees and Thomas Feulmer-will open. The two-day exhibition will be the only use for the million-dollar building before the demolition process begins the following week. The bank building is a truly modern ruin - a building that never met its purpose, and only existed as potential activity, potential economy, and hoped-for growth.

Seeking to take advantage of the space-its social and cultural connotations, its materials, and its presence as direct and immediate evidence of the current economic condition-15 artists will create work inspired by and in dialogue with the building. Some artists will alter the building's materials and corporate interior, while others will stage actions and interventions within, and still others will use the background of the space as context for their work.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Panel Discussion on Floor Corner Wall: Selected Work from The Rachofsky Collection

Thursday, February 18, 2010, 7-8pm
Moderator: Christina Rees, Curator of the Galleries at TCU, co-curator of Floor Corner Wall

Dr. Frances Colpitt, Deedie Potter Rose Chair of Art History at Texas Christian University
Thomas Feulmer, Curator of Education at The Rachofsky Collection, co-curator of Floor Corner Wall
Tom Orr, Artist
Jeremy Strick, Director of the Nasher Sculpture Center

Modern lectures up and running!

Tonight at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth:
Joseph D. Ketner II is currently the Henry and Lois Foster Chair in Contemporary Art, Distinguished Curator-in-Residence, at Emerson College, a position that follows his post as the chief curator at the Milwaukee Art Museum where he organized Andy Warhol the Last Decade. As a preview to the exhibition's opening on February 14, Ketner shares insight and expertise on the subject in his presentation Who is Andy Warhol. He explains that, “Warhol is as misunderstood as he is famous. Over the course of his nearly 40-year career the mercurial, paradoxical artist transformed art and celebrity. Yet, it is interesting that his reputation is founded on only his six-year Pop art phase. Remarkably, the final decade of his career may have been his most productive.” For Tuesday Evenings, Ketner examines some of the little known aspects of Warhol’s personality that are revealed in his seldom seen last paintings.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Sunday, February 7, 2010

NYTIMES: His Hair’s Not Always Perfect

Published: February 5, 2010
IT has been nearly 70 years since this ominous rhyme was first recited to an antsy Lon Chaney Jr. in the 1941 film “The Wolf Man”: “Even a man who is pure in heart and says his prayers by night/May become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms and the autumn moon is bright.” CLICK HERE for more...

Friday, February 5, 2010

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Allison Schulnik

Thanks for reminding me of this Alvin! Click her for Website.
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Allison Schulnik - FOREST from MarshallW on Vimeo.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Josephine Baker