With Clara Chapin Hess

January 29, 2011 – 8pm


January 29, 2011 – 8pm

Bacon, Bacon, and Bacon: the philosopher, the painter and the porcine product by Clara Chapin Hess
A way to amplify anything is to break it and to make an anatomy of it in several parts and to examine it according to several circumstances”, writes Sir Francis Bacon, the 17th century philosopher and scientist, one of a trio of homographic subjects butchered in this lecture. The other two are Francis Bacon, the 20th century painter, and bacon, the popular porcine breakfast meat. Through visceral, analytical, and historical contexts these namesake figures collide to draw a triangle of deformity, beauty, and catastrophe.

Breaking and Entering Into Tradition: The Vaudevillains New Years Brigade by Daniel Denvir
Each and every New Year’s Day, thousands of white ethnic Philadelphians march down South Broad Street dressed up like Mardi Gras Indians, wenches and the like, shoes spray-painted gold. The parade is culturally rich, but is far from inclusive and has been racially divisive. What are young artist-types doing in this parade, wearing sparkling spandex and riding pink unicorns?

On Everyday Magic and Being Lost in Wyoming by Justin Armstrong
Wyoming. Welcome to the middle of everywhere. Along roads that almost don’t exist, the Great Plains rip out long strands of empty space: farmhouses exploded by forgetting, one-person towns, bullet holes. This talk suggests that there is beauty and magic in the negative space of culture, in the places overlooked and seen only in sidelong glances at 80 MPH. It recommends drifting as an anthropological practice and being lost as an art form. Featuring pretty pictures and stories about guns, cheap gin, and street fighting in the absence of streets.

Clara Chapin Hess is a visual artist working in Brooklyn, NY.

Daniel Denvir is a journalist in Philadelphia and a member of Vaudevillains NYB.

Justin Armstrong is a cultural anthropologist and human geographer teaching at Wellesley College in Boston. His research examines the visual, narrative and material culture of isolated and abandoned settlements throughout North America. He produces experimental electronic music under the names kimonophonic and Wooden Teeth, and is a sometimes drawing-maker, printmaker, filmmaker, and photographer.