The Week In Culture September 11- September 15
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Summer is over (sigh) and in New York, the holidays come so quickly its practically like white watering. Don't worry. Thanks to MoMA, there will be a little more time. They've announced a New Year's Eve showing of Christian Marclay's The Clock, an all-nighter, of course. Which means you'll be ringing in the New Year on a line.
And holiday shopping is just minutes away as well. Bletchley Park is accepting pre-orders for their Alan Turing Commemorative Monopoly Edition, in honor of the man who cracked the Enigma code and laid the groundwork for modern computer science. He was also the guy they sentenced to chemical castration for being gay, and who took his life as a result of it. In 2009 Gordon Brown did offer an official apology for that. But that was so long ago, and who in the world can remember?
The Keith Haring Foundation just seconded a motion both the Warhol Foundation and the Basquiat estate have already weighed in on: it will no longer authenticate works by the late artist. It's too costly, too distracting, and given the litigiousness of late-stage Capitalism, a black hole. Sorry 1980's: you're now officially on your own.
The Andy Warhol Museum announced the release of one of the last films Warhol actually had a hand in, San Diego Surf. Warhol never completed it: within a month of wrapping Valerie Solanas shot him. The movie was posthumously edited by Paul Morrissey, based on original notes, and because there can never really be enough Warhol, it will screen at MoMA for the first time October 16th. It might be your final chance to see the master's hand at work. And the breathtaking Tom Hompertz.
NY Fashion Week has finally ground to a halt, but not before CoSTUME NATIONAL made a public display of art envy. Like so many other contemporary clothiers, it's a brand, it's a magazine, it's a gallery, and it's a shirt. As part of their New Wave-No Wave-Dark Wave Fashion Week unveiling at their new SoHo store, James Franco offered a meta-mess of Cindy Sherman Film Stills - with himself as a Sherman stand-in. Please. Kudos, however, on Mr. F's 40 minute video reimagining the deleted scene from Al Pacino's politically retrograde Cruising, also on view. Brilliant.
This week, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev decided to finally bang his shoe on the table. He's calling for the release of Pussy Riot. Of course, he also said he has no intention of interfering in the case, and he's the guy who stepped aside so Putin could win.
But don't give up hope. The e-book Pussy Riot! A Punk Prayer for Freedom is about to become available through CUNY's The Feminist Press, and proceeds will go to their legal defense fund. It will include contributions by Eileen Myles and Karen Finley, two of the organizers of the reading of Pussy Riot court statements at the Ace Hotel.