Yvon Lambert New York (closed 25th Street location)
564 West 25th Street, 212-242-3611
June 22 - July 29, 2006
Reception: Thursday, June 22, 6 - 8 PM
Gwenn Thomas Revisits Jack Smith is a photographic narrative organized as a cinematic sequence of her black and white images starring the legendary performance artist and filmmaker Jack Smith. Taken more than 30 years ago on the bosky grounds of the Cologne Zoo during the Kölner Kunstverein’s Projekt 74, these interpretive, unmediated views show a costumed Smith in performance, and reveal the artist in a hilarious yet serious project critical of the implications of national boundaries, landlords, and the concept of rent.
In December of 1974, storyboarded photographs selected from Thomas’ collaboration with Jack Smith appeared as a cover story, titled Fear Ritual of Shark Museum, for the avant-garde magazine Avalanche. The large-format magazine featured a double-page spread laid out in fumetti, and included cartoon balloons with texts written and spoken by Smith in the construction of his performance. Among a cast of unsuspecting passers-by, free-ranging camels and a caged eagle, the late Berlin and New York-based art impresario Hildegarde Lutze appears in cameo as Smith’s wardrobe assistant. Among the many photographs presented at Yvon Lambert New York are images never previously printed in exhibition format. The images appear in the context of Smith’s work in other mediums, including such material as Ken Jacobs’ Blonde Cobra, based on unfinished films by Bob Fleischner and starring Jack Smith, and Tony Conrad’s audio of Jack Smith in Les Evening Gowns Damnées.