Organized by Jenny Moore
Elizabeth Dee Gallery announces Carte Blanche, a month long program in two parts that provides intellectual stimulation and refreshing respite from the lazy, hazy days of August.
Part One-from August 2 through August 10-will feature a wide spectrum of video programs curated by gallery artists, the gallery director, guest artists, or guest curator. Each day a different program will be presented in the front gallery, while Aldir Mendes de Souza’s groundbreaking experimental film Suicidio Brasileira will be presented in the second gallery. Shot entirely in x-ray, de Souza’s film was a hallmark of the 1971 Bienal de Sao Paulo and has only been shown twice before in the United States.
Highlights of Part One include
Part One will close with a sound performance by Xeno & Oaklander and Grey Hour, Friday, August 10th at 6:30pm.
The division between the two sections of Carte Blanche will be marked by an improvisational dance performance by Felicia Ballos and Flora Wiegman. Staged in the midst of demolishing the exhibition format of Part One and constructing the setting for Part Two, the performance takes inspiration from the actions performed by the gallery workers, with each dancer creating her movements in response.
Part Two-from August 15 through August 24-will feature Tom Marioni’s seminal conceptual work The Act of Drinking Beer with Friends is the Highest Form of Art. A revelation in conceptual art and a precursor to the relation aesthetics movement of the 1990’s .Beer with Friends.recasts the social space of the gallery as a place for the exchange of ideas and the enjoyment of beer. Every evening at 6:30pm.Beer with Friends. will serve as the setting for lectures presented by a select group of artists, art historians, and art theorists, whose aim is to broaden our minds through intellectual rigor and humor.
Highlights of Part Two include
On Friday August 24th, we are honored to celebrate the closing of Carte Blanche with a lecture by Tom Marioni, recounting the history of The Act of Drinking Beer with Friends is the Highest Form of Art.