In 1973, An American Family was the most controversial and talked-about television program of its era. Anticipating the current deluge of ‘reality TV’ programming by three decades. The program chronicles seven months in the lives of the Loud family of Santa Barbara, California. The Louds were selected as an emblematic nuclear family pulled apart by the cultural shifts that marked America’s transition into the 1970s. Filmmakers Alan and Susan Raymond captured 300 hours of film that were edited to 12 one-hour episodes aired weekly on PBS. The series quickly became a national media event viewed by an audience of 10 million people. The ensuing depictions of divorce, West Coast affluence, and open homosexuality provoked a fervent public debate about the nation’s value system, its attitudes towards family and sexuality. An American Family was among the first television series to transform ‘ordinary people’ into media celebrities. During the series’s second episode, Lance Loud, who had left Santa Barbara to pursue a more bohemian life in Manhattan’s Chelsea Hotel, became arguably the first openly gay man on American television. On 22 December 2001, aged 50, Loud died of liver failure caused by hepatitis C and HIV co-infection. Having lived his youth onscreen in living rooms across America, several months before his death Loud asked Alan and Susan Raymond to film one final episode in the Loud story up until his death. The resulting documentary, Lance Loud! A Death in An American Family, commemorates the 30th anniversary of the original broadcast and explores Loud’s legacy. On July 4, presented by The Hepatitis C Trust and Tate Modern, celebrates the life of television and underground icon Lance Loud to raise awareness about HIVand hepatitis C co-infection. The screening of An American Family, episode 2 (1973, 60 min) and Lance Loud! A Death in An American Family (2003, 60 min) will be followed by a discussion with filmmakers Alan and Susan Raymond. Tate Modern, Starr Auditorium, Wednesday July 4, Bankside, London, SE1 9JE
David Zwirner gallery in New York presents Stand Still like the Hummingbird, an exhibition curated by Bellatrix Hubert in the gallery’s 525 and 533 spaces. It takes its title from a collection of short stories and essays by American writer Henry Miller, published in 1962. Known equally for his mysticism and dark humor, Miller proposed the idea of “flying backwards, standing still like a hummingbird” as a lighthearted antidote to the frantic pace of modern society. The exhibition also embraces the paradox in the appropriation of its title – the hummingbird only appears still because of the rapidity of its wings – and gathers a selection of paintings, sculptures, and videos by artists who engage with contradictions, impossibilities, and the absurd. The exhibition also explores the notion of “understated gestures and formal restraint” – finding its historical starting point in Marcel Duchamp’s Comb and other readymades artworks that came to influence a century of art making. Works in the show include Forty-two postcards by On Kawara, stamped by the time he got up on a given day and simply titled I Got Up(1968-1976), a collection of Ed Ruscha’s photobooks (1964-1978), works by Bernd and Hilla Becher, Francis Alÿs, Marcel Duchamp, and more. Stand Still Like a Hummingbird will be on view from June 28 to August 3, 2012 at David Zwirner gallery, 525 West 19th Street, New York.
Graffiti artist André Saraiva’s Andrépolis is on view now at The Hole Gallery in NYC until August 10. Photograph by Austin McManus
Gun Piece from Joe Deutch’s mini retrospective, which includes video documentation, photographs, sculpture and ephemera from the performance art work that he has engaged in over the last eight years, now on view until July 27, at Marlborough Chelsea, 545 West 25th Street, New York,
On view starting this week, OHWOW Gallery in Los Angeles presents what could possibly be their most delicate and controversial exhibition, entitled Too Old For Toys, Too Young For Boys, a group exhibition which explores the way tweens have influenced adults’ viewing habits in the current digital and cultural landscape. Two essays inform this exhibition. In Charlie White’s Minor Threat from 2008, the writer examines the depiction of children in popular media and art. He identifies Richard Prince’s Spiritual America (1983) [pictured above], a soft-core photo of a 10-year-old Brooke Shields appropriated from Gary Gross, as crucially identifying a complex network of prohibition and power. Following Prince, the threat White describes is not that children might be represented or even objectified, but rather that the power of the viewer is mutable, and forever diminishing. The exhibition press release seems to note that the word tween, which was added to the American Heritage Dictionary in 2004 and describes children aged 10-12, was invented by marketers to to commercially exploit a specific age demographic. Curated by Alex Gartenfield, this exhibition features artists Ronnie Bass, Debo Eilers, Jay Heikes, Josh Kline, Barney Kulok, Donald Moffett, and Aura Rosenberg to explore this subject matter. Too Old For Toys, Too Young For Boys will be opening June 30, 2012 and closing September 1 at OHWOW Gallery, 937 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
A double exhibition of works by artist Jeff Koons will be on view this Summer in Germany, one that focuses on his oeuvra of painting and one of his sculptures. The exhibitions will be on view at the Schirn, which will present Jeff Koons: The Painter and Liebieghaus, which will present Jeff Koons: The Sculptor, in Frankfurt runs until Sept. 23
On view startin today at Plateau, Samsung Museum of Art in Seoul, Korea, a solo exhibition of Felix Gonzalez-Torres, entitled Double. This exhibition examines the broad spectrum of Gonzalez-Torres’s oeuvre with particular emphasis on the malleable nature of his works, demonstrating how their meaning, as much as the form, can shift as the architectural, social, and curatorial landscapes change. The exhibition will also be on view at the sister museum Leeum, as well as multiple locations throughout the city of Seoul, and will also be on view prior to and following the opening of the Gwangju Biennale on September 7th. Felix Gonzalez-Torres, who died at the early age of 38 in 1996, is considered one of the most influential artists of his generation. Using everyday objects such as mirrors, clocks, puzzles, candies and paper stacks, Gonzalez-Torres’s oeuvre more profoundly examined the “public” function of art, while presenting strictly private contemplations on love and the fragility of life. Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Double, will be open until September 28, 2012 at Plateau, Samsung Museum of Art, Samsung Life Insurance Building Taepyeongno2-Ga, Jung-Gu, Seoul, Korea
In Quantum Light, artist David Benjamin Sherry’s second publication, he continues his exploration of vivid color, ramping up the saturation and expanding his subject matter, in works incorporating landscapes, collage, still life, abstraction, portraiture and sculpture. A conversation between Sherry and Collier Schorr serves as preface to this beautifully produced clothbound volume, which is published to coincide with the artist’s first New York solo show at Salon 94. Sherry will be signing his new book this Thursday, June 21, at Ooga Booga bookstore in Los Angeles.
Exhibition view of Ed Ruscha’s series of paintings inspired by Jack Kerouac’s On The Road that was previously on view at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles will be on view at the Moca, North Miami until September 2, 70 NE 125th Street, North Miami, Florida.