Thursday, January 10, 2008

Food Stuff Consumption And Miscellany

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

lg coffee (light/sweet) 24 fl. oz.
1 breakfast sausage dog (mustard)
1 blueberry cream danish (net wt. 5 oz.)
med coffee (light/sweet)
1 garlic bagel (plain)
2 pints of lager (*)
1 cup of chicken/rice soup
BLT on toasted white bread sandwich (mayonaise)
med order of french fries (ketchup)
3/4 pack of cigarettes

(*) plus additional pint of lager

Art & Literature

Quick Picks:

No one belongs here more than you by Miranda July.

Award-winning filmmaker Miranda July's collection of short stories is quirky and candid. With the unique voice of an outsider, July constructs a narrative continuum of surreal romanticism throughout the pages of her literary debut. Making Love in 2003, previously featured in The Paris Review, proves July's sensitivity and authorial expertise with its intimate retelling of a fictional affair with the universe. Provocative and personal, Something That Needs Nothing, paints the tangled landscape of love and admiration and where it can lead. July's short stories are dazzling and familiar like the highs of false hope or the dull ache of self doubt. No one belongs here more than you is the perfect companion to July's film Me and You and Everyone We Know. Scribner, 2007. -Dianca Potts

I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence, by Amy Sedaris.

The arrival of noisy hordes of master chefs and subsequent conversion of all crooks and nannies into restaurateurs has led to a dearth of what was once a unique American staple, the guide to entertaining at home. More than a cookbook, somewhat less than a fire-code-safe crafts book, and holding its own as an etiquette book, Ms. Sedaris uses her years of home entertaining experience to recapture the lost arts of cheese balls, chintz, and the cha-cha, as she covers all manner of social occasion, including how to get guests to leave. From the intimate style of her writing it becomes clear quickly that Amy Sedaris does, very probably, like you, perhaps a little too much if you get claustrophobic easily. Her section on entertaining the elderly is extremely helpful, though the polite thing to do would be to laugh freely and pretend it is scandalously unfair. Lovingly illustrated, if you don't have time to read, with thoroughly dangerous woodworking instructions from Paul Dinello. Warner Books, 2006. - Walt Maguire

Another Bullshit Night in Suck City: a Memoir, by Nick Flynn.

Growing up with a hard-working single mother in the suburbs of Boston, Flynn, understandably, had no desire to become acquainted with his chronically drunk and delusional father. Then one day, his father showed up at the homeless shelter where Flynn worked and that began an unlikely saga of redemption for both men. Written beautifully in riffs and starts, scenes, and lists-a hybrid form with perfect pitch-this work allows us to discover, with the author, an unfolding relationship that defies the odds. W W Norton, NY 2004-Janice Wilson Stridick

Institute of Contemporary Art

winter exhibitions:

The Puppet Show
Walkthrough with curators Carin Kuoni and Ingrid Schaffner, and artist Terence Gower

"The Puppet Show" is a group exhibition that looks at the imagery of puppets in contemporary art. Concentrating on sculpture, video and photography, some of the works involve actual puppets and artists as puppeteers. Other images evoke topics associated with puppetry. Collectively these works show puppets to be a provocative and relevant imageryone that moves deep into social, political and psychological terrains. The installation is designed by artist Terence Gower with reference to the uncanny and theatrical displacements of scale. "The Puppet Show" premiers at ICA before traveling to Santa Monica, Honolulu, Houston, and Seattle.

Trisha Donnelly
Walkthrough with artist Trisha Donnelly and curator Jenelle Porter

Using sculpture, drawing, photographs, text, sound, video, and painting, Trisha Donnelly will compose an installation, her first U.S. solo museum exhibition, from works originally made between 1998 and 2007. Donnelly's ineffable body of work resists simple characterization. A lexicon of imagery and action relies on the power of suggestion. What unite her work in various media are gestures of altered time, shifters, dimensional explorations, evocation, perception, and belief structures. On display for an extended period through August 3, the show will transform with works rotating on and off display.

Carlos Motta: The Good Life
Walkthrough with artist Carlos Motta and curator Stamatina Gregory

"The Good Life," a long-term, in-progress, experimental documentary project, is a relevant examination of the regional history, perception and effects of U.S. interventionist policies in Latin America, at a time of global critical awareness of those politics. In this iteration, created for the Project Space, Motta's interviews with persons in Bogotá, Buenos Aires, Managua, Mexico City, Santiago and Tegucigalpa serve as both a conceptual and formal framework.

Ramp Project: Beyond Kiosk
Walkthrough with Christoph Keller and Conny Purtill

Over six-hundred independent publication projects turn the transitional space of ICA's ramp into a volume of volumes. Viewers are encouraged to pull material and peruse it along the way—picture the book stalls of Paris—or stop and read in the window seat and lounge staged half-way up the ramp. Selected by Christoph Keller, in an installation designed by Conny Purtill, the exhibition takes an exemplary swath from the Kiosk archive which Keller founded in 2001. Included are selections from Philadelphia's strong community of independent publishers.

Opening Reception · thurs jan 17 @ 6-8pm · free and open to the public
Exhibition Walkthroughs · thurs jan 17 @ 5pm · members only · join on-site

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