Man, Ricki Lake is teh skinnies. And she done had a baby!
I need to watch the original Hairspray again. I never did see the one with Travolta in drag. Is it any good?
I almost don’t want to blog about this — come on, like anyone in this city reads this blog? — because I intend to get there early for the very best seat. But: indie film maker John Waters will be stopping by the Smithsonian’s American Arts Museum at 4:30 p.m. this Saturday to give a lil’ lecture on modernist painter Cy Twombly’s work “Letter of Resignation” (1967).
The talk kicks off the museum’s joint series with the National Portrait Gallery called “American Pictures Distinguished Lecture Series,” which pairs great works of art with pre-eminent figures of contemporary American culture.
Other discussions in the series include:
April 11: Novelist Jamaica Kincaid discusses Edward Lamson Henry‘s painting “Kept In” (1889).
April 18: Scholar Harold Holzer discusses John Henry Brown’s portrait of Abraham Lincoln (1860).
And the other one I’m most ecstatic about:
April 26: Cartoonist Roz Chast discusses Charles Addams’s famously gruesome cartoon “Boiling Oil” (1946).
Here’s more info.
Which lectures will/would you attend?
I had such a fun weekend. My friend Ginger has been here and Saturday a group of us spent the day in Baltimore, a city that I’m crazy about. We had lunch at Yabba Pot, a great vegan restaurant:
Then we visited Ginger’s Uncle Dudley, a writer whose huge apartment is covered head-to-toe in folk art and “outsider art”.
Paintings were hung on every inch of the wall, salon-style (and still more were in stacks leaning against walls). It was thrilling. I recognized work by Ned Cartledge, Ruby C. Williams and friend-of-a-friend Carrie Price among the lot.
Then the five of us walked around Hampden, the hipster section — and incidentally my favorite part –of Baltimore. Will someone please explain to me why the word “Hon” is on every sign and bumper sticker in Baltimore? For example, “Come here and pray, hon!” on a church sign. And cafes and bars with the word “Hon” in their monikers. I understand that it’s some kind of Baltimore-ese.
The city is also not afraid to capitalize on being the home of cult director John Waters, as evidenced by this gigantic pink flamingo above –where else? –Cafe Hon:
On Sunday night, Ginger, who’s an actor, hooked us up with tickets to see The Dog In The Manger, a funny 17th century Spanish play about love and class, at D.C.’s Shakespeare Theatre Company Lansburg Theatre. My lady friend was most excited because she recognized Michelle Hurd, the lead actress, from her brief stint on Gossip Girl. (She also played a detective on the first season of Law & Order: SVU. Not that I checked out her IMDB page).
We finished off Sunday night by dining at Clyde’s, an almost anachronistic restaurant. Here’s the description on its own web pages:
The grand Victorian saloon recalls Hong Kong’s Empire-era opulence and celebrates the sporting life in an impressive collection bronze sculpture and oil paintings.
And it doesn’t even mention the large tiki statues in the faux jungle greenery.
How about you? Was your weekend good?
The Art Forum site features veteran art critic Linda Yablonsky‘s fun diary of her trips to New York art events and fetes, including Yablonsky’s own photos from the events.
These were my favorite pics, from the opening of photographer Cindy Sherman’s new show at Metro Pictures:
Yes, that’s David Byrne (Sherman’s beau) of Talking Heads with musician Jenni Muldaur, director John Waters, Cindy Sherman herself and producer Vincent Fremont.
I’ve seen one or two photographs from Cindy’s new show and they’re very interesting. Cindy, who is always her own subject, uses various wigs and costumes to create characters and commentary on our culture. This time she’s done up like aging starlets and wealthy women ala Joan Collins and Linda Evans on Dynasty. Here is one photo:
Yablonsky writes of the show:
Sherman’s life-size portraits of middle-aged women desperate to keep time from wreaking havoc with their faces capture the disparity between self-image and public image with chilling accuracy, and fearlessly enough to let herself show through. “Cindy’s social commentary is merciless,” observed the writer Lynne Tillman. “And beautiful.”
As for the show, it will either make plastic surgery extremely outré or cause a run on it. “It’s great to see Cindy’s pictures in the same room with some of her best subjects,” said director John Waters. “Especially since they seem to be the last to know it.
The show runs until December 23.
Any Cindy Sherman fans in the house?
Anyone who owns a copy of Sonic Youth‘s Evol has seen a bit of Richard Kern‘s art. You might even recognize the chick in the video below. She’s Elizabeth Carr, who goes by the name Lung Leg and she’s the girl, uh, freaking out on the cover of Evol in a frame from Kern’s legendary camp fest You Killed Me First. (For a whole post on album covers featuring famous artists’ work, go here.)
Below you’ll find the first 8 and half minutes of You Killed Me First (1985). It has a very John Waters-esque feel. Art buffs, L.E.S. artistes and New York know-it-alls might recognize performance artist Karen Finley as the mother and the late artist/writer David Wojnarowicz as the father. Photographer Jessica Craig-Martin plays the normal daughter and Lung Leg of course, plays the hellbent daughter. (Warning: contains sex, violence and profanity. NSFW at all).
I’ll try to find the last two and a half minutes so you know how this crazy story ends. Enjoy!