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Opening soon—Ed Ruscha in “Urban Planning” at Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
May 3, 2017
Ed Ruscha’s black-and-white aerial photographs of Los Angeles parking lots will be featured in “Urban Planning: Art and the City 1967–2017” at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, opening this Friday, May 5. For more details, click here.
Image: Ed Ruscha, Parking Lots (May Company, 6150 Laurel Canyon, North Hollywood), #7, 1967/1999. gelatin silver print, 14 7/8 × 14 7/8 inches. Collection of the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University in St. Louis.
The Rise & Demise of Otto Piene’s Black Stacks Helium Sculpture (1976)
“Dear Otto,” wrote former Walker director Martin Friedman to German artist Otto Piene 40 years ago this week. “It’s just possible that having your spectacular work shot down may have hastened its immortalization process.” On Halloween of 1976, a vandal with a gun took down Piene’s Walker-commissioned artwork Black Stacks Helium Sculpture, which consisted of four 300-foot-long, undulating inflatable tubes ascending from smokestacks on the Minneapolis riverfront. The work of “Sky Art,” as Piene called it, was commissioned as part of the Walker exhibition The River: Images of the Mississippi and was intended to be on view for two weeks.
A radical and uncompromising figure with a fierce political consciousness, Chris Burden ceaselessly probed the physical and conceptual limits of art to reflect on the realities of contemporary life, both in performance and in sculpture.
On this day, April 11, the artist was born in Boston. He would have been 71.
Image: “Porsche with Meteorite,” 2013, restored 1974 Porsche 914, 390-pound meteorite, steel structure © Chris Burden.
“If you take anything from this eight years of us being in this White House, I want you to take that message with you, particularly all the young people here today, all the young women here today. I want you to see that it does not matter what you look like, it doesn’t matter how much money your parents have—none of that matters. Skin color, gender is the most ridiculous defining trait that we cling to. It doesn’t matter.
What matters is that you believe in your own potential, and that’s for sure. You have to believe in you first. Because people will try to tear you down, I guarantee you that. There will never be a point at which people will 100 percent be cheering you on. So when you hit those barriers in life, all you have is your belief in yourself. That’s all you have to fall back on.
What also matters is how hard you’re willing to work. Because none of this is easy—and it’s not supposed to be. Because then everybody could do it, right? How much work you want to put into the things you care about—President Obama works very hard. He is a serious man who takes his job seriously. And we are counting on you to be that in whatever you choose to be, whether it’s science or math or dance or teaching—you name it. None of these men and women here achieved what they achieved without working hard at it and making some sacrifices and overcoming a lot of failure. So we want you to take that away.
As Katherine Johnson has said—and these are her words—she said, ‘Stick with it. No matter the problem, it can be solved.’ And that’s really good advice. Look at this eight years. We were supposed to be hidden. People didn’t even want to believe we were real. But here we are, eight years later.
But it’s up to all of you, our young people, to continue that legacy.” —First Lady Michelle Obama speaking at a screening of the film Hidden Figures
Grateful for every last opportunity to hear Michelle and Barry preach from the White House to us–to the world–about our best possible future(s). About how we have the power, but we have to believe.
Now go see Hidden Figures ‘cause that movie look amazing.
Gordon Matta-Clark, Conical Intersect, 1975 (Paris)
Love this guy
Pipilotti Rist - Ever is Over All
On this momentous election day, let me draw your attention to some of the most timely and articulate infographic work in recent memory, courtesy the New York Times. Get out there and vote, people!
World Trade Center’s Twin Towers seen from the harbor at night, 1973. (Dmitri Kessel—The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
“I believe that whoever tries to think things through honestly will soon recognize how unworthy and even fatal is the traditional bias against Negroes.
What, however, can the man of good will do to combat this deeply rooted prejudice? He must have the courage to set an example by word and deed, and must watch lest his children become influenced by this racial bias.
I do not believe there is a way in which this deeply entrenched evil can be quickly healed. But until this goal is reached there is no greater satisfaction for a just and well-meaning person than the knowledge that he has devoted his best energies to the service of the good cause.”
— Albert Einstein, The Negro Question (1946)
Preach it, Al.
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