Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Matt Siegle - Hall of Flowers

Matt Siegle - Hall of Flowers
anthony greaney
450 harrison avenue, boston 02118617.482.0055
wednesday to saturday
12 to 6 pm and by appointment


Lust for Cassady

By Travis Diehl

When sometimes I'm sitting on the Oakland curbs waiting for the Sheriff's bus while the Zip Tie restraints dig into my wrists and paprika tears dribble out of me in the gray murk of a Bay sunset I see an apparition stroll down the avenue through the loose ranks of riot cops, he slides along the road and up the long coast from San Diego to Seattle, his jeans are torn his hair is long, he is peacenik head to toe I mean his shoes are manufactured tie-dyed, he is like disheveled Liberty but no one follows, his placard spells nonsense and the logos on his clothes are those of nihilism affected.

I want to tell you about Cassady.

When Cassady got his Medical Marijuana Patient ID Card back in summer of '11 he dressed like Kurt Cobain, like Cobain solo on a Rolling Stone cover-blue suit, red tie, long hair, cobalt stare. It's a striking icon: rocker as businessman-and you know Cassady knows it, since he picked it up so naturally. His long locks grew and his blue eyes got that focused far-out look. He dressed that way in suit and tie and white collar and went to see the Weed Doctor, for his anxiety and depression you understand (and the truth is he ain't lyin', nor would you or I be), and when they took his photo for the Patient ID against that chopped white backdrop it was like a headshot of Cobain. It was like circumscription by prescription and the codification of counterculture. It was a hundred years of prohibition shunted into a legal loophole. In a way it was all over then, and churning still, and Cassady had much to do yet, but it was all over and that is the way of history.

Cassady saw the tents of Occupy Wall Street pile up at the base of a Mark di Suvero sculpture via live stream while tracking plane tickets on Kayak. Arab Spring came courtesy Facebook and Twitter and every cable news network said to Follow Us and Cassady did follow, he went down to Tahrir Square in the weeks and months after to see it and to check in on some old friends. In 2008 in California Prop 8 passed and you could no longer marry a person of your same sex in that state. Cassady drove over to Sunset Boulevard and marched in protest of that measure, but that was later and that's another story, and the big march was long dispersed. His placard now as then was bold but not clever, was heartfelt but not legible, as if one day smoking on his couch the bag of Cheetos sprawled out onto the table like some occult message and stuck there. THAT is what he stands for. An accidental and prophetic cause, or every cause, frozen in a minute of conviction like a stoned epiphany.

All that to say these were raw times for the counterculture, which had never asked for Cassady, nor he for it.

Meanwhile the activists and artists at the avant-garde traced and recombined their way through history "From the Sorbonne in '68 / The Massacre at ol' Kent State / Hell's Angels' knife at Altamont / Mayday marches and riots-" and I'd be remiss not to mention their sympathetic treatment of Neil Young and Robert Smithson and Kurt Cobain and the Indigenous. Political art was revisionist in the extreme, the scene was one of outward, con-stellar groups of people acting on each other and making facts as if to prove facts could be made. But none of that quite did it for Cassady-it was the Nineties Aughts and Teens but we were still struggling with the Sixties, and Cassady struggling with those struggling. This was Cassady's time and place, and Cassady loved Cassady, and also his fellow man, insofar as one man is the site of himself. And if art had some value for Cassady it was as a way of living, which should follow, should it not, from your lifestyle of choice as you produce it.

Well Man what is it Like to bear that Green cross? Cassady knows: Like having the biggest heaviest patch sewn on your jean jacket, wearing those symbols well years past their heyday, and hence knowing each new symbol for nothing but a future cliché, or, more, likely, a rebranded cliché of old. Then suddenly no matter how hard you mean it, and you mean it hard, you find yourself, surrounded and down,living and becoming those clichés and that is freedom spelled out in puffy Pirate Booty ™ Snapple ™ Moët ™ Whole Foods ™ Wheat Thins ™Naked ™ NEVERMIND ™ and man, those are the brands which you may grapple with and through. Cassady has tried it. He tries it now. On Saturday or any day Cassady is free to be found drinking Sparking Wine in Dolores Park like all good hippies. He takes count of his life in minutes and hours, not days and years. There is only him and now. Lust, for Cassady, is past, and ongoing, and is for the Past. If he is an idealist, it is for idealism. It's a sunny beauty-filled place that he's from.

Once our rebellion sure had style, you could dress like it and act rebellious, and that's how Cassady looks to us: self-absorbed and symbolic, like nonchalance and calculated apathy looks. But what I struggle to say, what I take to be my true struggle-well it's the difference in Cassady's approach, which is: no longer conscientious objection, but "true relaxation and knowledge" preached by his example from inside the system's jaws. Yeah there are the agents of the program everywhere, but what is Cassady's crime? Who do these cops think they are? Counterculture ID in secret pocket, Cassady improvises his own crime within the law but good; escape within cliché; desire within the Game. Of course he pays a price, he follows all the rules, and no one can blame him, or those that should blame him are dead and gone, or envelop him instead in their guru empathy. Fuck the Man and I mean love him, Cassady spells out in supermarket sushi and champagne. Cassady sticks carnations in the barrels of their bright green riot shotguns. Cassady throws a barbecue and has his friends cut off his hair.

It's a good game, I think, walking through Downtown Los Angeles one night, near where Skid Row becomes the Arts District, and there rush a pack of punks in Anonymous masks and Occupy regalia, in the road against traffic, wrong way down a one way street. I watch the big dumb country stumbling on its unravelling youth, it seems. But that's not Cassady's style really. Not that he disagrees. Cassady protests alone, like a street preacher, or a radio going in an empty bar. I wonder bound in Zip Tie cuffs and frozen in my own old vomit what to call it, waiting to be jackbooted down and processed and shipped downtown on a windowless Sheriff's bus, the Furthur of the Man, how to call this game, the Game that surrounds us like electricity, like stoplights and crosswalks, like the Interstates, laid down by and forthe Game, as I'm stuck to the idea of these inalienable rights I lust for Cassady.

- January 2013
Los Angeles

On the Occasion of Hall of Flowers
Matt Siegle, Anthony Greaney, BostonThe Ballad of Cassady

When the Man is on the Rise
Throw those Glasses on your Eyes
& Sing a Song for Cassady
When the Halls of Flowers Fall
& the Writing's on the Wall
Just Sing a Song for Cassady
He Was There in San Francisco
Montgomery & DC
He Was There for all your Love-Ins
His Cause is You & Me
Peace & Progress Always Brewin
At the G8 & the UN
But not Fast enough for Cassady
In the Air is Revolution
& Inside is the Solution
Oh Sing That Song for Cass-a-dyyy

- Anonymous

"Bruce Davidson: Witness" Will Open at Robert Klein Gallery & Ars Libri in February

East 100th Street (Couple Dancing at a Social Club, Harlem, New York), 1966-68

The ROBERT KLEIN GALLERY and ARS LIBRI are pleased to announce a twofold exhibition of photographs by BRUCE DAVIDSON, one of the most influential photographers of the twentieth century. Modern and vintage prints from Davidson's best-known series, including Brooklyn Gang,East 100th Street, and Time of Change, will be shown at both venues simultaneously.

This two-part showcase, Bruce Davidson: Witness, will open with a reception at Ars Libri (500 Harrison Ave) on Friday, February 1, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM as part of the South End's First Fridays. An opening reception with the artist will be held at the Robert Klein Gallery (38 Newbury St) on Saturday, February 9, from 4 to 6 PM.

Davidson first gained notoriety when he was only twenty-five, skillfully observing and photographing a group of teenagers in 1950s New York City. In 1961, Davidson received aGuggenheim Fellowship to document the American Civil Rights Movement; the work provided the foundation for his 2002 monograph Time of Change. Later in the 1960s, Davidson met and photographed the residents of one block of East 100th Street in East Harlem, producing a portrait of hope and dignity in one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in America. Davidson continues to photograph to this day. He has been a full member of Magnum Photos since 1959.

The Robert Klein Gallery has worked with Davidson for over twenty years and last exhibited his work in 2003, when St. Ann's Press reissued the monograph East 100th Street. This dual exhibition at the Robert Klein Gallery and Ars Libri will coincide with shows of Davidson's work at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy in Andover.  
The Robert Klein Gallery and Ars Libri have partnered to mount satellite photography exhibitions in the South End bookseller's gallery space since June 2012. For photographers and fans of photography, local non-profit PHOTO NIGHTS BOSTON will sponsor a networking event at Ars Libri on Friday, February 8, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. Additional details will follow.

To download a PDF version of this press release, click HERE

The ROBERT KLEIN GALLERY was established in 1980 and ranks among the world's most prestigious showrooms of fine art photography.

Robert Klein opened his Newbury Street space with early exhibitions of Diane Arbus, Annie Leibovitz, Sally Mann, and Hiroshi Sugimoto. From 1995 through 2008, Robert served as President of the Board of Directors of the Association of International Photography Dealers (AIPAD). During his tenure, Robert engineered the 2006 expansion of The AIPAD Photography Show New York to the Park Avenue Armory. The AIPAD Photography Show's move firmly established it as one of the leading photographic fairs in the world. Robert continues to serve on AIPAD's Board of Directors.

The Robert Klein Gallery maintains and extensive and ever-changing inventory of 19th century, 20th century, and contemporary photographs. Participating in international art fairs such as Paris Photo, The Armory Show - Modern, and The AIPAD Photography Show New York, the Robert Klein Gallery provides its contemporary artists with international exposure while exhibiting works by recognized masters such as Ansel Adams, Helen Levitt, and Irving Penn. With 40 combined years of experience and a profound knowledge base, the gallery staff is committed to serving as a resource for both novice and seasoned collectors.

ARS LIBRI, the internationally renowned rare bookdealer in the field of art, architecture, and photography, continues to show changing selections from its stock in its gallery at 500 Harrison Avenue. These include rare illustrated books, photographs, posters, and documents of Dada, Surrealism, Expressionism, Pop, Fluxus, and other modern art movements, as well as Renaissance and Baroque architectural treatises, Islamic manuscripts, 19th century photographs, and classiclivres d'artiste by Picasso and Matisse.

PHOTO NIGHTS BOSTON is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2010. We believe that a picture taken is a life shared and that with every click of the shutter, we see the world in the same way, if only for a moment. Most of all, we believe photography is a chance to Project Yourself. To bring this message to life, we're building a community for photographers and creatives to come together, leading up to our landmark event - a public photo festival in Boston where we will project large-scale images on Boston's iconic buildings and on large outdoor screens. The pictures will come from a diverse selection of photographers through an open call for submissions. Everything from youth works to commissioned professional works will be represented, including submissions from the Artists for Humanity youth photography program. We'll create a unique, immersive experience for Bostonians and visitors alike.

To download a PDF version of this press release, click HERE

Please contact Maja at the Robert Klein Gallery with any inquiries at

Spring 2013 Public Programs and Exhibitions - SMFA

Spring 2013 Public Programs and Exhibitions

Jan 30–Mar 12                                      “Histories of Now: A Space for Dialogue, Art and Activism” (Barbara + Steven Grossman Gallery, SMFA)
With a focus on current events in Egypt, this exhibition will explore various contemporary movements and their shared struggle for social transformation. The gallery will transform into a site of international and local dialogue with spaces for gatherings, areas for internet research and a media library for readings, creative thinking and questioning.

Jan 24                                                  Visiting Artist lecture: Helge Meyer (B209, SMFA)
Jan 28–Feb 12                                      Metals+Glass Area Exhibition (Project Space+ BAG Gallery, SMFA)
Jan 28                                                  Visiting artist lecture: Andrea Sherrill Evans (A204, SMFA)

Feb 4                                                    Visiting artist lecture: Ria Brodell (A204, SMFA)
Feb 5                                                    Visiting artist lecture: Marie Losier (Alfond Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts)
Feb 6                                                    Visiting artist lecture: Lynn Lu (B209, SMFA)
Feb 7                                                    Visiting artist lecture: Steve Dibenedetto (Alfond Auditorium, MFA)
Feb 11                                                  Visiting artist lecture: Kelly Sherman (A204, SMFA)
Feb 12                                                  Visiting artist lecture: David Brooks (Alfond Auditorium, MFA)
Feb 14                                                  Visiting artist lecture: Henry Horenstein (B311, SMFA)
Feb 19                                                  Visiting artist lecture: Kevin Everson (Remis Auditorium, MFA)
Feb 19–Mar 11                                      Ceramics Area Exhibition (Weems Atrium + Project Space, SMFA)
Feb 19–Mar 11                                      Drawing Area Exhibition (BAG Gallery, SMFA)
Feb 20                                                  Visiting artist: Adina Bar-On (B209, SMFA)
Feb 24                                                  Visiting artist lecture: Sophia Ainslie (A204, SMFA)
Feb 25                                                  Visiting artist lecture: Bill Flynn (A204, SMFA)
Feb 26                                                  Visiting artist lecture: Nayland Blake (Alfond Auditorium, MFA)
Feb 28                                                  Visiting artist lecture: Andrea Geyer (B311, SMFA)

Mar 4                                                    Visiting artist lecture: Raul Gonzalez (A204, SMFA)
Mar 7                                                    Visiting artist lecture: Julia Jacquette (Alfond Auditorium, MFA)
Mar 8+9                                                Graduate Open Studios (Mission Hill building, SMFA)
Mar 9–Aug 18                                       “Students Curate Students: Liking Is for Cowards. Go for What Hurts.” (Courtyard Gallery, MFA)
Co-curated by two MFA students, this exhibition explores social media and online communication’s threat to meaningful human connection in today’s wired world.  Artists’ talk: March 27.
Mar 11                                                  Visiting artist lecture: Karen Moss (A204, SMFA)
Mar 14                                                  Visiting artist lecture: LaToya Ruby Frazier (B311, SMFA)
Mar 25                                                  Visiting artist lecture: Sandra Allen (A204, SMFA)
Mar 25–Apr 12                                      Print + Paper Area Exhibition (BAG Gallery, Project Space+Weems Atrium, SMFA)
Mar 28                                                  Visiting artist lecture: Thomas Eggerer (Alfond Auditorium, MFA)

Apr 1                                                    Visiting artist lecture: Candice Ivy (A204, SMFA)
Apr 2                                                    Visiting artist lecture: Annie Han + Daniel Mihalyo (Alfond Auditorium, MFA)
Apr 8                                                    Visiting artist lecture: Karen Moss(A204,SMFA)
Apr 9                                                    Visiting artist lecture: Antoniadis + Stone (Alfond Auditorium, MFA)
Apr 11                                                  Visiting artist lecture: Fred Tomaselli (Alfond Auditorium, MFA)
Apr 16                                                  Visiting artist lecture: Karen Yasinsky (Remis Auditorium, MFA)
Apr 16–May 18                                      “Graduating Students and Award Recipients” (Grossman Gallery, SMFA)
Apr 18                                                  Visiting artist lecture: Walid Raad (B311, SMFA) 
Apr 19–27                                             Art Education Festival (Mission Hill building, SMFA)
Year-end event for candidates in the SMFA/Tufts Master of Arts in Teaching program and their PK-12 students.

May 10+11                                            SMFA Spring Sidewalk Sale (SMFA)
Featuring ceramics, photography, drawings, jewelry, T-shirts, prints, paintings and much more by SMFA artists.
May 11–Nov 27                                     (Eunice and Julian Cohen Galleria, MFA)
Solo presentation for 2011 Traveling Fellow 
Ridley Howard (MFA ’99). Established in 1899, the SMFA Traveling Fellowships is one of the largest art school travel grant programs in the country.
May 19                                                 SMFA Commencement

Lectures at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) are free and open to the public.
Attendees must obtain free tickets from a kiosk or ticket desk at the MFA to gain admittance.

MFA Thesis Exhibitions

Feb 13–Mar 6                                        (Howard Art Project)
Joe Joe Orangias. Reception: Feb 22.

Mar 6–15                                              (Fourth Wall Project Art Space)
Alexander Squier; Juan Travieso. Reception: Mar 9, 5 –8 pm.

Mar 20–29                                             (Fourth Wall Project Art Space)
Daniel Embree; Monica Manoski; Courtney McClellan; Ashley Wood. Reception and artists’ talk: Mar 29, 6–9 pm.

Mar 28–Apr 12                                      (Mission Hill Gallery, SMFA)
David Flicker Brown.

Apr 2013                                               (Anthony Greaney Gallery)
Jessica Borusky. Reception: Apr 5, 6 pm.

Apr 3–12                                               (Fourth Wall Project Art Space)
Laura Fischman; Jasmine Higbee; Cathy McLauren; Laura Beth Reese. Reception: Apr 4, 5–8 pm.

Apr 5–27                                               (Laconia Lofts)
Julia Cseko; Molly Segal.

Apr 11–28                                             (Tufts University Art Gallery @ Aidekman Arts Center)
Ario ElamiRuohan Hu; Hiroshi IsoJihee Lee; Chien-ning Liao; Singha Sihakhom; Qing Song. Reception and artists’ talk: Apr 11, 5 pm.

Apr 16–May 18                                      (Anderson Auditorium, SMFA)
Laura Harrison; Eugene LaRochelle; Maia Lynch; Karmimadeebora McMillian; Timothy Mearini; Ivette Salom.

Apr 17–26                                             (Fourth Wall Project Art Space)
Caroline Board; Kate Castelli; Stephen St. Francis Decky; Chrissy Lapossy. Reception: Apr 18.

Apr 19–30                                             (Howard Yezerski Gallery)
Robert Chamberlin; Huaiyu Chou. Reception: Apr 19, 6–8 pm.

May 2013                                              (Carroll and Sons Gallery)
Katherine Gilbert; Timothy McCool.

May 1–11                                              (Fourth Wall Project Art Space)
Jodie Goodnough; Katherine Mitchell; Carl Vestweber. Reception: May 1, 5 pm.

May 2–19                                              (Tufts University Art Gallery @ Aidekman Arts Center)
Case Hathaway-Zepeda; Paul Ishii; Ryan Kish; Elizabeth Lynch; Vanessa Michalak; John Neylan; David Richmond. Reception and artists’ talk: May 2, 5 pm.

May 16–30                                            (Fourth Wall Project Art Space)
Jessica Anderson; Lauren Coulson; Megan HerwigNeerja Kothari; Valerie Ng; Katherine Romero; Nicole Rosato. Reception: May 16.

May 16 + 17                                          (Remis Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)
Lauren Coulson; Angela Counts; Bug Davidson; Case Hathaway-Zepeda;Timothy Mearini; Brianne Milder; Kathleen Tyler.

Jun 13–29                                             (Grossman Gallery, SMFA)
Blazejack; Renee Browne; Christopher Cavallero; Jenna DeLuca. Reception: Jun 13.
Jul 12–27                                              (Grossman Gallery, SMFA)
Kocur; Emily Lombardo; Katrina Majkut; Sarah Pollman; Heather Renken; Valerie Sanders. Reception: Jul 11.

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