Saturday, March 3, 2012

The Whitney Biennial 2012 + The Camellia Grill in N.O.LA.



ART
The 2012
Whitney Biennial
in NYC!
The Biennial is an exhibition held every two years at the Whitney Museum of American Art in which selected curators gauge the current state of contemporary art in America. 






This issue is our "overview".  For a better look at the artwork go to our "coverage issue" at this link:



Sculpture, painting, installations, and photography—as well as dance, theater, music, and film— now fill the galleries of the Whitney Museum of American Art in the latest edition of the Whitney Biennial. With a roster of artists at all points in their careers the Biennial provides a look at the current state of contemporary art in America. This is the seventy-sixth in the ongoing series of Biennials and Annuals presented by the Whitney since 1932, two years after the Museum was founded.






Museum visitors to the Whitney rest outside and contemplate the exhibition.






The 2012 Biennial took over most of the Whitney on March 1 and will run through May 27, 2012, with portions of the exhibition and some programs continuing through June 10, 2012. The participating artists were selected by Elisabeth Sussman, Curator/Sondra Gilman Curator of Photography at the Whitney, and Jay Sanders, a freelance curator and writer who has spent the past ten years working both in the gallery world and on independent curatorial projects. Sussman and Sanders co-curated the Biennial’s film program along with Thomas Beard and Ed Halter, the co-founders of Light Industry, a film and electronic art venue in Brooklyn.
PERFORMANCE SPACE - The Whitney’s fourth-floor Emily Fisher Landau Galleries has become a dynamic 6,000-square-foot performance space for music, dance, theater, and other events. This is the first Whitney Biennial in which nearly a full floor of the Museum has been given over to a changing season of performances, events, and residencies. Choreographers Sarah Michelson and Michael Clark will be in residence in March and early April; additional and changing Biennial residencies and events will be incorporated.




Sarah Michelson searches for form
through the history of dance.

THE WHITNEY BIENNIAL 2012
A few images - to give you a flavor of the exhibition.






Ferromagnetic liquid poured over plastic
with magnets & fans
This issue is an overview - For a better look at the artwork go to our coverage issue at the following link:


ALL WHITNEY BIENNIAL ARTISTS ARE LISTED IN OUR POSTSCRIPT SECTION.

March 1–11
Sarah Michelson’s dances are realized through the simultaneous artistry of her choreography, scenography, costumes, and lighting design. Physical elements, whether sculptural lighting structures, floors, or costume details, often recur from dance to dance much like choreographic phrases. Through such formal repetitions and their echoes within her ever-expanding practice, Michelson overtly compels the audience to think about the complex of relationships that fundamentally exist in dance—between the choreographer, the work, the signature (style), and the artistic legacy. All of her work is thus engaged in a searching dialogue with the form and history of dance.

The currently scheduled performances all sold out the first day of the biennial, but the museum has reserved a small number of tickets for people willing to stand in line "the day of" at the museum.

Film Screening: Luther Price











Known since the 1980s for his Super-8 films and performances, Luther Price has, in recent years, turned to 16mm film, creating new works from discarded prints of old documentaries, snippets of Hollywood features, and other examples of cinematic detritus. He re-edits the footage by hand, effaces the image through scraping, buries the films to rot and gather mold, and adds chaotic visual patterns using colored inks and permanent markers. For soundtracks, he frequently uses only the brutal electromechanical noise generated by sprocket holes running through the projector’s audio system. Each reel he produces is thereby a unique object, often altered to such an extent it struggles through the projector, as if playing out the end of film itself; his is a cinema that ecstatically embraces its death drive, so as to achieve maximum potency.






2012 Biennial Catalog is available at the Whitney Museum Shop for $45.00. 







The 2012 Whitney Biennial
is currently up at 
The Whitney Museum
of American Art
945 Madison Ave. at 75th
NY, NY 10021
For a list of artists included in this year's Whitney Biennial, along with brief bios and links to some of their websites, see our Postscript section at the end of this issue.

(Source: Photos of exhibition by Jack A. Atkinson, other videos, art and information came from the Whitney Press Release and their Press Department.)

FOOD
The Camellia Grill:
A Flavor of Old 
New Orlean
The impressive facade of The Camellia Grill.



I am still glowing from the romance of my recent visit to New Orleans and with the cuisine of South Louisiana. I would like to share one of the landmarks of New Orleans and one of my favorite places there, The Camellia Grill. The restaurant has a tall, neoclassical mansion facade, but the restaurant itself is, at most, 30 feet deep - with only enough room inside for a counter and an open kitchen squeezed-in behind.

Leon, working the Z at the Camellia Grill.

The service is first class and always done with a flair. When a simple glass of water is presented by the wait staff, they also pop the paper top off of the plastic straw and offer you the half covered straw as if it were a silver spoon. When you leave they give you their signature hand bump. The New Orleans lingo for being employed at the Camellia Grill is called "Working the Z". The food is their unique version of overindulgent Diner food. While there is no one signature dish, the "Chef Special Omelet" is a house specialty: turkey, bacon, ham, onion, Swiss & American cheeses, plus chopped-up French fries all incorporated inside and then topped with the house chili. The lighter than air eggs holding it all together are whipped in a blender. Remember, eating the entire huge portion, is up to you. Seeing how smoothly and how much fun the staff has working there, is half of the joy of going to the Camellia Grill.

Since 1946, there have been an eclectic mix of locals, tourists, and students from Tulane University (just blocks away) seated at the counter.

(The Camellia Grill is located at the bend in the St. Charles Street Car line where St. Charles and Carrolton Avenues meet. 626 S Carrollton Ave., New Orleans, LA 70118 • (504) 309-2679 ) http://www.camelliagrill.net/home.htm

Make your own Camiellia Grill Sandwich and have a New Orleans experience at home. 

The Camellia Grill Special Sandwich:
Light Rye Bread, toasted
1 Thick Slice of Fresh Ham
1 Thick Slice of Fresh Turkey
1 Slice of Quality Swiss Cheese
1 Tbsp Home-Made Cold Slaw
Coat both pieces of bread with:
Thousand Island Dressing

Build the sandwich and slice in-two on the diagonal, serve!

(Source: Photos, recipe and information came from a personal visit by Jack A. Atkinson + some information came from the Camellia Grill web site.)

Until later,
Jack

POSTSCRIPT
THE 2012
WHITNEY
BIENNIAL'S
ARTISTS:

Kai Althoff 
Born 1966 in Cologne, Germany; 
lives and works in New York, New York 

Thom Andersen 
Born 1943 in Chicago, Illinois; 
lives and works in Los Angeles, California 

Charles Atlas 
Born in 1949 in St. Louis, Missouri; 
lives and works in New York, New York 

Lutz Bacher 
Born in the United States; 
lives and works in Berkeley, California 

Forrest Bess (by Robert Gober) 
Born 1911 in Bay City, Texas; 
Died 1977 in Bay City, Texas 

Michael Clark 
Born 1962 in Aberdeen, Scotland; 
lives and works in London, England, and 
New York, New York 

Cameron Crawford 
Born 1983 in Boulder, Colorado; 
lives and works in New York, New York 

Moyra Davey 
Born 1958 in Toronto, Canada; 
lives and works in New York, New York 

Liz Deschenes 
Born 1966 in Boston, Massachusetts; 
lives and works in New York, New York 

Nathaniel Dorsky 
Born 1943 in New York, New York; 
lives and works in San Francisco, California 

Nicole Eisenman 
Born 1965 in Verdun, France; 
lives and works in New York, New York 

Kevin Jerome Everson 
Born 1965 in Mansfield, Ohio; 
lives and works in Charlottesville, Virginia 

Vincent Fecteau 
Born 1969 in Islip, New York; 
lives and works in San Francisco, California 

Andrea Fraser 
Born 1965 in Billings, Montana; 
lives and works in Los Angeles, California 

LaToya Ruby Frazie
Born 1982 in Braddock, Pennsylvania; 
lives and works in New Jersey 

Vincent Gallo 
Born 1961 in Buffalo, New York; 
lives and works in Los Angeles, California 

K8 Hardy 
Born 1977 in Fort Worth, Texas; 
lives and works in Brooklyn, New York 

Richard Hawkins 
Born 1961 in Mexia, Texas; 
lives and works in Los Angeles, California 

Werner Herzog 
Born 1942 in Munich, Germany; 
lives and works in Los Angeles, California 

Jerome Hiler 
Born 1943 in Jamaica, New York; 
lives and works in San Francisco, California 

Matt Hoyt 
Born 1975 in Mount Kisco, New York; 
lives and works in Yorktown Heights, New 
York 

Dawn Kasper 
Born 1977 in Fairfax, Virginia; 
lives and works in Los Angeles, California 

Mike Kelley 
Born 1954 in Detroit, Michigan; 
Died 2012 in Los Angeles, California 

John Kelsey 
Lives and works in New York, New York  

John Knight 
Born 1945 in Hollywood, California

Jutta Koether 
Born 1958 in Cologne, Germany; 
lives and works in New York, New York 

George Kuchar 
Born 1942 in New York, New York; 
Died 2011 in San Francisco, California 

Laida Lertxundi 
Born 1981 in Bilbao, Spain; 
lives and works in Los Angeles, California 

Kate Levant 
Born 1983 in Chicago, Illinois; 
lives and works in Detroit, Michigan 

Sam Lewitt 
Born 1981 in Los Angeles, California; 
lives and works in New York, New York 

Joanna Malinowska 
Born 1972 in Gdynia, Poland; 
lives and works in New York, New York 

Andrew Masullo 
Born 1957 in Elizabeth, New Jersey; 
lives and works in San Francisco, California 

Nick Mauss 
Born 1980 in New York, New York; 
lives and works in New York, New York 

Richard Maxwell 
Born 1967 in West Fargo, North Dakota; 
lives and works in New York, New York 

Sarah Michelson 
Born 1964 in Manchester, England; 
lives and works in Brooklyn, New York 

Alicia Hall Moran 
Born 1973 in Redwood City, California; 
lives and works in New York, New York 

Jason Moran 
Born 1975 in Houston, Texas; 
lives and works in New York, New York 
Laura Poitras 
Born 1964 in Boston, Massachusetts; 
lives in New York, New York, and works 
internationally 

Matt Porterfield 
Born 1977 in Baltimore, Maryland; 
lives and works in Baltimore, Maryland 

Luther Price 
Born 1962 in Marlboro, Massachusetts; 
lives and works in Revere, Massachusetts 

Lucy Raven 
Born 1977 in Tucson, Arizona; 
lives and works in Oakland, California, and 
New York, New York 

The Red Krayola 
Founded 1966 in Texas 

Kelly Reichardt 
Born 1964 in Miami, Florida; 
lives and works in New York, New York 

Elaine Reichek 
Born 1943 in New York, New York; 
lives and works in New York, New York 

Michael Robinson 
Born 1981 in Plattsburgh, New York; 
lives and works in West Danby, New York 

Georgia Sagri 
Born 1979 in Athens, Greece; 
lives and works in New York, New York 

Michael E. Smith 
Born 1977 in Detroit, Michigan; 
lives and works in Detroit, Michigan 

Tom Thayer 
Born 1970 in Chicago, Illinois; 
lives and works in New York, New York 

Wu Tsang 
Born 1982 in Worcester, Massachusetts; 
lives and works in Los Angeles, California 

Oscar Tuazon 
Born 1975 in Seattle, Washington; 
lives and works in Paris, France 

Gisele Vienne, Dennis Cooper, Stephen 
O’Malley, and Peter Rehberg 
Vienne: 
Born 1976 in Charleville-Mézières, France; 
lives and works in Grenoble, France, and 
Paris, France 
Cooper:  
Born 1953 in Pasadena, California; 
lives and works in Los Angeles, California, 
and Paris, France 
O’Malley: 
Born 1974 in New Hampshire; 
lives and works in Paris, France  
Rehberg: 
Born 1968 in London, England; 
lives and works in Vienna, Austria 


Frederick Wiseman 
Born 1930 in Boston, Massachusetts; 
lives and works in Boston, Massachusetts, 
and Paris, France 


ARTSnFOOD, All rights reserved. Concept & Original Text © Copyright 2012 Jack A. Atkinson under all International intellectual property and copyright laws. Images © individual artists, fabricators,respective owners or assignees.












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