Monthly Archives: March 2014

abstract expressionism, the “renaissance prince” of cold war politics

Teaching Abstract Expressionism is never easy but its essential to the traditional modernist narrative, which I dismantle and question (I almost wrote “unpack”, phew) as a matter of course, and Ab-Ex provides ample opportunity:) Mostly its Pollock who bothers me, the shaman alcoholic (or is it the wounded cowboy?) whose vulnerability both tempered and underscored […]

vignettes of the nite XLI: wild thing comes out of the closet

This really great article by Kid Congo on coming out of the closet got me thinking about this idea of loving rock’n’roll before knowing it was about sex. He talks about this experience, mentioning “Who Wears Short Shorts” by The Royal Teens and “Blue Moon” by The Marcels. For me it was “Wild Thing” by […]

vignettes of the nite XL: the academy awards, vicariously

(“A commercial society whose members are essentially ascetic and indifferent in social ritual has to be provided with blueprints and specifications for evoking the right tone for every occasion.” Marshall McLuhan) C’mon, its funny! I missed the Academy Awards tonite, but I had to share Justin Vivian Bond’s tweets, which I cut-and-pasted from v’s FB […]