From E. Worthy, Early 21st Century Art (New York: Kramer Publishing 2035):
"The death of so-called site specific art came in 2004, at a talked-about show most people never saw. The concept was that artists would 'respond' to Eero Saarinen's somewhat overwhelming 1962 terminal building at Kennedy Airport (considered high Modernist kitsch by some architects), an activity with roughly the same significance as small lice-eating birds 'responding' to a rhinoceros. It consisted of such obvious and expected gestures as running political slogans on the defunct terminal's arrivals and departures board, piping sound art through the intercom, and so forth. Once admitted to this vast playground from their usual physically constraining warrens in Chelsea and Williamsburg, and perhaps because the art was so familiar as not to hold anyone's attention, the artists went berserk at an opening night party and trashed the terminal."New York Times report
Installation shots of a Vanity Fair party two nights before "amok night"--thanks to Bill for the pics and timeline
This post is so much better than my post on this fiasco.
Hey Tom, is your ass sore? Just wondering if this "riot" was the avante garde.
In case anyone is wondering, joester isn't insinuating that I bent over for Hilton Kramer (at least I hope he isn't) but rather is alluding to a blog discussion of a recent panel in Toronto where a local beard said he didn't know if he'd recognize the avant garde anymore. I said I thought I could identify it (I mean, c'mon) and Sally said, 'Yeah, if it bit you in the ass." I'm not linking to that discussion until someone starts talking about some actual work.
Are you going to link to the thread where you called joester a SNAG? That was a favourite of mine.
"On a guilty note, I admit that I was one of the people smoking at the Friday party. I assumed (wrongly) that this was part of the 60's revivalism... remembering the days when we blessed smokers could do our deed indoors."wha? artists smoking? halp halp. These people need a dose of Survival Research Lab to get things in perspective!
in this age of hopped up homeland security, dont fuck with the port authority NY/NJ.
Based on what we know as after-the-fact researchers (thanks for digging) and promoters of a legend, I'd say that nails it. Ward's resume lists "working with private collectors" as one of her jobs (I notice she did a project with Olivier, too). She handled the heady part but lost control of the plebes.
thanks Bill! You provide exactly the perspective I was craving.
Hi - This is Rachel. Thanks for the praise and criticism...such is art. For the record, I have a graduate degree in art history and have been working in art since 1999 - collectors, galleries and non-profits. Terminal 5 was a volunteer effort to present contemporary art and open the landmark. We were hoping for a great response and I now personally face more consequences that can be named here, mostly legal and will no longer be working in art...thank you...