Mark Your Calendars for September 24th

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Image: Michael Smith, Outstanding Young Men of America, 1996 (Still)

This is a reminder to join us next Thursday September 24th for a discussion with Michael Smith at the New Museum. Not to be missed! Full details and ticket information below.

Throughout his career, Michael Smith’s original approach to video, installation, and performance has broken artistic ground—albeit subtly. Steering away from the transgressive actions associated with avant-garde performance, Smith employs the idioms of popular entertainment and comedy to critique culture at large. His eponymous alter ego Mike, who is known for pathologically banal behavior, sends up cultural normalcy and spotlights the ways people consume ideas and lifestyles marketed to them. For this event, New Museum Adjunct Curator and Rhizome Executive Director Lauren Cornell will talk with Smith about his use of comedy, both as a way to engage and quantify audience response and to generate new work. Their conversation will cut through Smith's expansive body of work by focusing on pieces that have been exhibited at the New Museum, including Down in Rec Room, shown in “Not just for Laughs: The Art of Subversion” in 1981; Government Approved Home Fallout Shelter Snackbar (made in collaboration with Alan Herman), shown in “The End of The World” in 1983; and Open House, a site-specific installation by Smith and Joshua White created for the New Museum in 1999.

The Art of Blandman: An Evening with Michael Smith
Thursday, September 24, 2009 at 7pm
at the New Museum
$8 General/ $6 Members
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The event is part of Rhizome's New Silent Series.

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Image: Rashaad Newsome, Shade Compositions, 2009

Friday, July 17, 7pm
at the New Museum, New York, NY
$6 Members, $8 General Public
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Join us this Friday at 7pm in the New Museum theater for "New Music Greats: An Evening with Rashaad Newsome."

New York artist Rashaad Newsome creates powerful, original collage and performance through composite parts. His practice is based in sampling and interested in the ways picking apart and recombining culturally specific material, like a hip-hop track, can, in the artist’s words, “elicit emotional and visceral responses that can be universally recognized and felt.” For this event, Newsome will discuss his new work, The Conductor, an ambitious six-part video installation that breaks down and re-composes the visual and aural language of hip-hop music videos and top hits. The artist will also discuss his ambitious, recent project Shade Compositions, a live performance featuring a chorus of more than twenty black women that was simultaneously recorded and remixed in real time using a hacked Nintendo® Wii™ game controller.

This event is part of Rhizome's ongoing New Silent Series at the New Museum.

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Join us tomorrow, May 16th at 3pm, for this month's New Silent Series event, No Fun: Infinite Sound and Image. Produced in collaboration with the annual experimental music festival No Fun, which kicks off tonight at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, the afternoon will feature films and performances by Jim O'Rourke, Makino Takashi, Robert Beatty, Takeshi Murata, Sarah Lipstate, Dominick Fernow, C. Spencer Yeh, Megan Ellis and Carlos Giffoni. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

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Next Week

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Image: Makino Takashi, The Seasons, 2008 (Still)

This is a reminder to join us next weekend, May 16th at 3pm, for this month's New Silent Series event. Produced in collaboration with the annual experimental music festival No Fun, the afternoon will feature films and performances by Jim O'Rourke, Makino Takashi, Robert Beatty, Takeshi Murata, Sarah Lipstate, Dominick Fernow, C. Spencer Yeh, Megan Ellis and Carlos Giffoni. Full details and ticket information below.

In its sixth year, the No Fun Festival has emerged as one of the most unique and vital festivals for experimental music worldwide. Curated by No Fun organizer and label head Carlos Giffoni, this special screening will present moving image work by a selection of artists performing in the 2009 Festival. Jim O'Rourke and filmmaker Makino Takashi collaborate on The Seasons, a dense abstract film that fluctuates in tandem with O'Rourke's dramatic and resonant score. Robert Beatty (of Hair Police and Three Legged Race) will provide a live soundtrack to artist Takeshi Murata's hypnotic videos and animations. Experimental filmmaker and sound artist Sarah Lipstate (of Noveller) presents Interior Variations, a collage of 16 mm hand-painted film, black-and-white super 8mm, and found footage, which will be accompanied by a new Noveller composition titled Telecine. Dominick Fernow/Prurient will screen spins the worlds wheel again, a short film inspired by his 180-page hardcover book of collages, Rose Pillar published by Heartworm Press,which deals directly with mortality within the family structure. Sound artist/composer C. Spencer Yeh (of Burning Star Core), known for his arrangements that draw on both aural and physical experience, will premiere a new work using voice as its central component. Megan Ellis and Carlos Giffoni will also showcase a new piece, created specifically for this show, which will pair minimalist ...

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Join us Saturday March 21st at 3pm for this month's New Silent Series event:

Experimental Geography Panel Discussion: An Aesthetic Investigation of Space
Saturday, March 21st, 3pm at
the New Museum, New York, NY
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Creative Time curator Nato Thompson will lead a discussion on Experimental Geography with Lize Mogel and Damon Rich, two artists who participated in his exhibition (for Independent Curators International) and book (Melville House) of the same name.

The discussion will focus on the creative use of landscape hacking, cartography, locative media, and radical urbanism as a means of engaging with the politics of contested spaces. In presenting work from the show and book, the panelists will explore the distinctions between geographical study and artistic experience of the earth, and the juncture where the two realms collide.

The panel is organized and hosted by Rhizome Contributing Editor and Columnist, Marisa Olson.

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Mark Your Calendars for February 20th

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Next Friday, February 20th, join us at the New Museum for a talk by visual artist Jill Magid. Magid works in a variety of mediums, including literature, video, sculpture, photography, and performance. She seeks intimate relations with impersonal structures. Magid is also intrigued by hidden information, being public as a condition for existence, and intimacy in relation to power and observation. Titled "Permission as Material," Magid will discuss recent projects and touch upon her new body of work currently in progress.

Jill Magid: Permission as Material
Friday, February 20th, at 7pm
at the New Museum
$8 General/ $6 Members
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Friday, Jan 30, 2009 7PM
the New Museum, New York, NY
$6 Members, $8 General Public
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Join us tonight at 7pm for a lecture by artist Naeem Mohaiemen, who will present a project in progress on failed 1970s revolutionary movements. Mohaiemen will relate his talk to the present moment through personal anecdote and historical commentary. Mohaiemen is a writer and artist based in Dhaka and New York City, whose work has been shown internationally at the UK House of Lords (Human Rights Commission side-session), Berlin Transmediale, Finnish Museum of Photography, Dhaka Gallery Chitrak, Dubai Third Line and Singapore Flying Circus. He also works on activist projects around religious and ethnic minorities in Bangladesh, particularly army-occupied Chittagong Hill Tracts.Young Man Was No Longer A... was partially funded by Rhizome's Commissions Program.

This event is part of Rhizome's ongoing New Silent Series at the New Museum.

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Join us Friday January 30th for Naeem Mohaiemen's Young Man Was No Longer A... at the New Museum. In this talk, Mohaiemen will discuss his ongoing investigation of failed revolutionary movements from the 1970s. Mohaiemen will tie his subject matter to the present through personal anecdote and historical commentary. Young Man Was No Longer A... is partially funded by Rhizome's Commissions Program. This event is part of Rhizome's ongoing New Silent Series at the New Museum.

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Get it? An Interview with Cory Arcangel on Comedy

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Humor has been a prominent but under-analyzed aspect of art in the past century; the comedy impulse is strongest in the history of media appropriation and conceptual art, beginning with Duchamp's poker-faced readymades and continuing through the work of Bruce Conner, Andy Warhol, Dara Birnbaum, Ant Farm, Jeff Koons and many others. Even the very way we talk about art overlaps with laff-lingo: we call certain pieces "one-liners," value work for being "wry" or "witty," and discuss whether or not a viewer "gets it." And of course, one of the first things someone will ask who doesn't "get it" is: "Is this supposed to be a joke?"

Cory Arcangel's work has almost always played on the logic of the joke in its construction: witness his most recent exhibit, "Adult Contemporary" at Team Gallery, which includes work like Self Playing Sony Playstation 1 Bowling (2008), an old bowling game hacked to only throw gutter-balls, and Permanent Vacation (2008 version), two silver iMacs set to email each other and exchange "out of office" messages until they fill up and crash. But the line between comedy and art more or less dissolved in Arcangel's related event at the New Museum's New Silent Series, Continuous Partial Awareness. In this stand-up-style routine, Arcangel performed an hour-long monologue by reading off a huge list of his unused ideas for new artworks, ranging from "give a boring artist's talk entirely through a vocoder" to "have intern watch Lawnmower Man 10,000 times and then make a website about all the plot inconsistencies."

At the very real risk of ruining humor by critiquing it, Cory and I meet recently to discuss the relationship between comedy and art in both his work and that of others. - Ed Halter

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Craft Hackers Tomorrow Night at the New Museum

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Join us for this month's New Silent Series event, Craft Hackers, at the New Museum tomorrow night at 7:30PM. The panel discussion will bring together artists who explore high-tech culture using crafting techniques as well as the relationship between needlework and computer programming. Panelists include Cat Mazza, who translates moving images into stills knit in yarn; Christy Matson, who uses Jacquard Looms (some of the earliest computers) to knit landscape images from computer games; Ben Fino-Radin, whose witty needlepoint sculptures translate the World Wide Web into yarn and plastic, one pixel at a time; and Cody Trepte, whose embroidery of retired computer punch cards rekindles an old-fashioned love affair with the hand of the artist. The talk will be moderated by Marisa Olson. Not to be missed!

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