Friday, September 5, 2008

Street Works & Oriental Photography at The Lab 9/24

Wow....with marketing illustrations like this from one of the most sophisticated gallery/museums in Denver, I have to say that The Lab continues to humor and impress me. Btw Lab, are you "at the trailing edge" because you are in Lakewood?

The Lab at Belmar hosts its new exhibition opening on September 24th, In Plain Sight: Street Works & Performances, and Orientalist Photography: Japan in the Baumatsu-Meiji Period, 1868-1912. The exhibition host two gallery shows, a performace on opening night and a curator's talk the following evening. In Plain Sight proposes to be the full-examination of the important late 1960s phenomenon of street works and performances - dedicated years where a few NYC writers took their poetry readings off stage and created an experiential dynamic environment for poets, artists and dancers. Their point was to show that artists and poets were not to be constrained by the assumption that art should be contained and perhaps approachable. John Perreault will recreate a 1971 performance entitled, Critical Mass. Sounds totally interesting and nostalgic, doesn't it? (Perraeault was the art critic for The Village Voice from 1966 to 1974.)

Orientalist Photography is a collection of 19th century photographs using a simple and early Collodian process. The resulting images are warm and rich in detail of tourist photos from early 20th century Japan. Curator, Mark Sink's great grandfather originally collected the pieces as a New York society photographer.

Opening Reception
Wednesday, September 24th, 6-8pm (Members 5-6pm)
Performance by John Perreault, 7:30pm

Curators Talk
Thursday, September 25th, 6:30pm
Members $5/General $10

The Lab at Belmar
404 S. Upham Street, Lakewood

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