[ By Donna Gottlieb ] [ Photos and video by Daniel Lara ]
The opening of Performing Economies, curated by Elana Mann as part of the Kitty Chester Curator’s Laboratory Series, was a resounding success with close to one hundred people, young and old(er) ( the older being mostly FOCA members), in attendance. The buzz and excitement of the crowd was evident in the animated conversation during the viewing of the works on exhibit. These included the revisions of the English language by John Barlog and John Burtle; the single-channel No Resistance is Futile video by Liz Glynn; Negociaciones, movement and discussion workshops for garment workers by Ashley Hunt and Taisha Paggett; Elana Mann’s exploring the idea of “contemporary currencies;” Marc Herbst’s comic books; and Vincent Ramos’ interpretation of Chubby Checker’s “The Twist.”
There were two performance pieces, highlights of this exciting evening with a very appreciative audience. The first was the reading of her poems, accompanied by music, of Karla Diaz, based on her experiences of growing up in Los Angeles. For the second, CamLab presented a series of actions by Brian Getnik and Leopold Nunan, sharing one large, colorful costume, performing a series of actions to “disrupt conventional ideas of an autonomous body.” This at times humorous piece took place on the first floor patio with the audience looking on from the walkways one floor above.
The exhibition presents artwork and events by the Artists for Social Justice, John Barlog and John Burtle, CamLab, Dorit Cypis, Karla Diaz, Liz Glynn, Marc Herbst, Ashley Hunt and Taisha Paggett, The Journal of Aesthetics and Protest Editorial Collective, Elana Mann, Adam Overton, and Vincent Ramos.