Henry Open House

Everyone's famous, or should be. Everyone's got talent. And everyone's pushing it in your face via YouTube, Twitter, blogs, and every form of social media. Never has there been a greater flattening of the old cultural elevation between the august artist and the spectator far below. Everything's constantly on display, being monitored, or performed. Tonight's Henry Open House welcomes the visiting group exhibition The Talent Show with live music (Melanie Valera and Tender Forever), some kind of “intervention” by Jason Hirata, dancing, and more. Organized by Peter Eleey for the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, The Talent Show features 20 works by 18 prominent artists (Warhol among them), all of which deal with the daily broadcasting and viewing of our quotidian lives. As Eleey explains of The Intra-Venus Tapes, a multi-screen video installation by the late artist Hannah Wilke (1940-1993), which includes her losing battle with lymphoma, “This work anticipates the confessional mode of more recent popular culture and social media, but without the scripted structures and familiar narrative modes that increasingly codify these these presentations of so-called-real life.” The latter, for him, represents a “false authenticity” resisted by Wilke and others in the show. (Also note Eleey's curator talk, 2 p.m. Sat. May 7, $5.) BRIAN MILLER

Fri., May 6, 8-11 p.m., 2011

 
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