It is end of the year wrap up time and Holland
Cotter felt like the NYC Museums delivered, while the galleries were complacent
I mostly agree with his assessment.
Mack McFarland interviews
the gang over at Appendix in Bomb
. Appendix does the alternative project
space thing right. Here at PORT we always pay
attention to what they are doing
because they are important as a self-selecting
group of talented and very intellectually engaged individuals.
RACC awards a record sum for Project
. It is important to note that they convened some multidisciplinary
panels to evaluate projects like Ben Young's... a clear step in the right direction.
Sure, some of the grants went to embarrassingly dippy projects to people who
repeatedly get some of the larger project grants but the new names like Young
and Bund are encouraging. Honestly, I've never bothered applying for a project
grant because it seemed like a waste of my time (I am a critic/curator and thus
infinitely capable of pissing off panels of my so-called peers even when I'm
not trying to alienate people... it comes with the territory if you call a spade
a spade). Yet with these special multidisciplinary panels I'm reevaluating my
opinions of RACC's project grants now... perhaps now can they handle high level
independent curatorial projects? Venues like Rock's Box, Appendix, Worksound,
Gallery Homeland and Recess are the backbones of the scene but dont get support
except when individual artists get a grant. That said congrats to those who
did and don't suck! Im hard on RACC but if any of the projects they funded are
excellent I'll be sure to give them the props they deserve.
The new federal
budget plan cuts the NEA and NEH
On Friday artist Robert
Hanson died at age 75 and PNCA covered it best
. I don't want to attempt
a eulogy (I only do that for those I knew well) but I what noticed most about
Robert is that unlike many others of his generation you'd see him out and about
taking in the new shows each and every month... usually with his wife Judy Cooke
(always such a wonderful couple). That curiosity speaks volumes about the man.
Our thoughts are with Judy and his family as he will be missed. Hanson's work
will be the subject of the next
at the Portland Art Museum.
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