You Can Get With This, or You Can Can Get With That
The Corpus Christi PD and TxDOT got together with this campaign to raise awareness on the dangers of drinking and driving. Of course, this being Texas, there is obviously no ‘public transportation’ or ‘tipsily walk home’ option—it’s either shell out for a cab or go straight to the hoosegow!
The NY Times did an article on a group of thirtysomething ex-graffiti writers recreating famous pieces from the ’80s as teaching tools. In this brave new graffiti world Dondi becomes ‘Gandhi’ and Sin is reconfigured as ‘Spinoza.’ It’s telling that painted trains are now ancient enough to warrant their own open-air museum. As far as mural projects go Steve Powers and the folks at the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program have still got us beat.
The Memphis Commercial Appeal reported that a 45-year-old man shot a teen in the buttocks after he refused to pull up his pants. He wasn’t the first to take aim at low-riding trousers; Obama spoke on it in the 2008 election, and New York State Senator Eric Adams even produced a “Stop the Sag" video campaign.
Joys of Meat
Last week Lady Gaga got some praise from an unlikely source. Speaking at the New School, performance artist Carolee Schneemann big-uped Gaga for her stance on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and for her much-talked-about meat dress. Schneemann made sure to point out that using raw meat as a costume isn’t exactly cutting edge (pun intended). In fact, she first used it over 45 years ago in her Judson Memorial Church performance Meat Joy, a meeting of naked bodies and animal parts that she describes as an ”excessive, indulgent… celebration of flesh as material.”
Recently Indian officials rolled out a new symbol for their currency in an attempt to differentiate their rupee (Indian rupee) from the rupees of Sri Lanka, Nepal, Pakistan, Mauritius, and Indonesia. The move signals India’s aspiration to enter the world economic ‘big boys’ club which currently includes only the $, £, €, and ¥. While India claims that it will be one in just five currencies with symbols, other denominations have logos too (they just won’t appear on the monitor). The Azerbaijani Manat and the weirdly art deco/fascist looking Israeli New Shekel being two good examples.
The new symbol, which combines the Devanagri (ra) and Roman ‘R’, was the product of a national design competition. It is both boring and clunky but it beats the old ‘R’ and ‘Rs’ and it has the potential to spur a more (and potentially cooler typographic symbols) as Pakistan, China, Brazil and other emerging economies will, no doubt, want to come up with their own distinctive marks.
Night at the Museum
Last night was the second night that Michael Asher has kept the Whitney up past its 6.00 o’clock bedtime. His contribution to the 2010 Biennial (extending museum hours for a 72 hour marathon) was actually more interesting than a lot of the art featured this time around. The work/event made for lots of hilarity as woozy art patrons yawned, hiccuped, pawed walls, and said some generally bizarre shit. My personal favorites:
1:19 AM “Did I eat asparagus? No…” (two men at urinals in conversation)
2.07 AM “What you say about being driven…that’s like me. I am so into my entrepreneurial vision.” (fraty guy to gf? date?)
2:41 AM “I just love that this is the next generation…” (twentysomething guy)
3:47 AM “He’s got no reason for those big ass glasses! There’s no sun!” (two teenagers walking by bugeye sunglasses-wearing art dude)
A Tale of Two Escobars
This week The Two Escobars opened at the Tribeca Film festival. The documentary traces the rise of narco-football (high stakes soccer financed by coke cartel money) and focuses on the parallel lives of two (unrelated) Escobars from Medellín: Pablo, the infamous drug kingpin and football fanatic, and Andrés, the promising young player who scored on his own team in the 1994 World Cup and was murdered as a result.