Friday, January 15, 2010

Heavy Metal


Directed by Zachary Levy

[via LITA]

Peace & Noise

. In this morning's New York Times Martha Schwendener reviews Downtown Pix: Mining the Fales Archives, 1961-1991, the new show at NYU's Grey Art Gallery. Curated by Philip Gefter, a former NYT pictures editor and author of the excellent anthology Photography After Frank, the exhibition features over 300 photos, all from NYU's massive archive, documenting a period that spans from the social protests of the '60s to the years when gentrification hit its stride.

Above, photography by David Wojnarowicz from Rimbaud in New York (1977-1979), his series of portraits (taken with a stolen 35mm camera) of young men posing with a mask of the 19th-century poet Arthur Rimbaud. From the gallery's website:

According to Wojnarowicz, he was “playing with ideas of compression of ‘historical time and activity’ and fusing the French poet’s identity with modern New York urban activities, mostly illegal in nature.” From Times Square to the abandoned Hudson River piers, the Rimbaud figure’s wanderings mirrored Wojnarowicz’s own transient life in the city. Published in the Soho Weekly News in June 1980, this series marks Wojnarowicz’s first serious effort in photography and his first publicly exhibited artwork.
Downtown Pix is up through April 3rd – click here to read the review and see a slideshow, and visit the Grey Art Gallery's website for more images and info.



Ji Lee on "the transformative power of personal projects."

From The 99 Percent on Vimeo.

Your Weekly Mr. Littlejeans

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Wishing You'd Consider


El Perro Del Mar and loud-snapping Lykke Li with a rooftop acoustic rendering of "Change of Heart." El Perro (that's Spanish for "The Perro") will be at the Triple Door February 26 with another singing Swedish lady, Taken By Trees.


Image of the Day

Jean-Jacques Dessalines (1758–1806), the former slave who in December 1803 defeated Napoleon's colonial forces on the island of Hispaniola, and the following year established the independent nation of Haiti.

To learn how to donate money in support of relief efforts in Haiti, please click here. You may also text “HAITI” to 90999 to automatically donate $10 to Red Cross relief efforts (the $10 will be added to your phone bill).

[artwork credit unknown]

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Image of the Day

Venice Beach Rock Festival, 1968, by photographer Dennis Stock, who died last night at the age of 81. Stock apprenticed with W. Eugene Smith and Gjon Mili before being invited by Robert Capa to join Magnum Photos, where his contemporaries included Capa and Henri Cartier-Bresson. Visit NPR's excellent photo blog The Picture Show to listen to an interview with Dennis Stock on the occasion of a recent exhibition of his work in Woodstock, NY, and see much more of his work (and an audio slideshow) at Magnum.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

My Name Is My Name

Photographs by Billy Name, resident photographer of the Factory from 1963 to 1970: (Left) Edie Sedgwick during her 1965 screen test at Andy Warhol's Silver Factory; (Right) Andy Warhol with, clockwise from top, Mary Woronov, Nico and International Velvet, in 1966. Billy Name's archive of negatives has tragically gone missing, the result of a dispute with his former agent. Here's hoping that the article in last Friday's New York Times helps to expose and correct the situation.

Visit Billy Name's website for more images and info.

Image of the Day

. Artwork by Drew Christie, part of a series of paintings inspired by photographs from the now-defunct Gourmet Magazine. Every time I visit Drew's blog I become a bigger and bigger fan of his work.

In kindred news,
former Gourmet columnists Jane and Michael Sternwho I mentioned previously in a post about their 1975 book Trucker – were on KUOW this morning talking about their favorite road foods. In case you don't have time to listen, I will hereby share with you the top three bits of Northwest-related information I gathered therein:

1. I was reminded that 13 Coins has great hashbrowns. Emily and I are on a never-ending search for good hashbrowns; they're almost impossible to get in New York (hashbrown wedges at Barn being one exception), so we're making up for lost time.

2. The producer of the show recommends beef jerky from Owen's Meats in Cle Elum.

3. Coeur d'Alene, the Sterns say, has one of the best burger joints in the country: Hudson's Hamburgers, which has been there since 1907. Maybe next time we go to Idaho we will swing up North and see if a Huddy Burger can top the best burger ever.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Can't Go No Further

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You Had Me At
"Eight-Foot-Long Model of a 1940s Battleship with Miniature Sailors Swabbing the Deck"

A short article ran in Friday's New York Times about Daniella Romano, who runs the Brooklyn Navy Yard's archive.
For the last six years, while [Romano] has been running the yard’s archive and collecting artifacts for a museum scheduled to open next year, unexpected gifts have been arriving at her office in a former electronics workshop. Velvet-lined boxes of naval architects’ drafting tools have turned up, as well as 1860s gunpowder pouches, sailors’ vintage uniforms, rusted guns and a World War I-era ID badge with a photograph of a pale, somber shipbuilder, labeled Q496 51631.

The archive has also received a 1909 postcard showing the yard paymaster’s house; on the back an enraged shipyard worker scrawled to his girlfriend, “What kind of a gin game you giving me, taking me for a damn fool?”

Ms. Romano has even been handed a can of cremated human remains; the deceased, Eugenia Farrar, an opera singer, performed a pioneering 1907 radio broadcast that was picked up by Navy Yard radio operators.

“We try not to move that can, because the ashes shake out,” Ms. Romano said while giving a tour of an archive storeroom a few weeks ago. She had to step around some rusted horseshoes that were dug up at the yard and a recently donated, eight-foot-long model of a 1940s battleship with miniature sailors swabbing the deck.
Read the rest at; info on the forthcoming Brooklyn Navy Yard museum can be found here. See also: The Brooklyn Navy Yard's Flickr Stream, where I snagged the image above.

Image of the Day

. Wesley Conrad Wehr: Winter Sea (Neah Bay), 2002
(Oil on mat board or card stock)

The digital image above does not approach the beauty of the actual painting, which is just over 3x3 inches in size – but I'm posting it as a reminder to go see
What Once Was: Picturing the Pacific Northwest at the Henry Art Gallery between now and the end of the month when it closes. The exhibition of historic Northwest photographs and paintings are presented in conjunction with Eirik Johnson’s photographic series, Sawdust Mountain, also up through the end of the month. The Henry is on fire right now – so many good shows.

More about Wesley Conrad Wehr (1929–2004) in a 2003
interview by Regina Hackett, and in Wehr's obituary, also by Regina Hackett, at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. (Hackett's current work can be found at Another Bouncing Ball.)