MARCH 2005 (2)
Paige Powell gave a lecture at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art on Wednesday, March 2, 2005, as part of their current exhibition, Andy Warhol's Dream America.
Powell was both a friend and employee of Warhol during the 1980s. For part of that time, she was also the girlfriend of the heroin addicted artist, Jean Michel Basquiat, who collaborated with Warhol on a series of canvasses.
Powell's lecture was covered by the Register-Guard. Their article about the event revealed some interesting "information" about Warhol. According to the article, the artist wore bullet-proof sunglasses.
Powell was originally from Oregon and previous to her career with Warhol, she worked as head of publicity at the zoo in Portland where, according to the Register-Guard, "one of her accomplishments was the successful marketing of elephant dung as 'zoo doo'."
Paige is mentioned extensively in The Andy Warhol Diaries - both as a companion during nights out with Warhol and as an employee of Interview magazine:Andy Warhol [August 5, 1982]: "I watched Tarzan on cable and Bo Derek is the worst actress in the world. She was eating a banana, and she couldn't even eat a banana. It was like she had no teeth. And Susan Pile told Jon [Gould] that my birthday was actually August sixth and I'd told him it was on the fifteenth because I thought I could get by it, but now they're having a party, I think. And I had big fights at the office. Somebody left food around and I was screaming and I told Paige Powell, our Interview ad-seller, to go and scream at whoever it was, and it turned out to be this new kid at Interview who's just so cute and he's always nice and smiling to me and walks me to the corner to get my cab and stuff, and so then I was embarrassed and I denied that I'd told Paige to do it - I said oh, she must have just been on cocaine or something - and Robyn repeated the word 'cocaine' to her and she went crazy, and then I got mad at Robyn for telling her, and he blamed it all on Jay and Jay said he didn't do it and I was handing out pink slips like crazy and I screamed at Jennifer, the new receptionist girl, because I told her not to give me coffee in a coffee cup and she did, she said there was nothing else there and I screamed that there were plenty of champagne glasses and why didn't she bring it to me in one of those instead of a crummy old cup that everybody uses and God, it was one of those days..." (AWD456)
The Andy Warhol's Dream America exhibition continues at the Jordan Schnitzer until May 1, 2005. On April 16, 2005 there will be a free showing of Andy Warhol's Bad, directed by Jed Johnson, at the Downtown Initiative for the Visual Arts (DIVA), to coincide with the exhibit. Details on the Museum's website at: http://uoma.uoregon.edu/events/calendar/.
The full text of the Register-Guard article appears at:
BACK TO THE BOWERY
The "Back to the Bowery" exhibition opens on Wednesday, March 9, 2005 at CB's 313 Gallery, located next door to CBGB's - on the Bowery between 1st and 2nd Street in Manhattan. The exhibit will include the work of Billy Name, John Santanello, Walter Steding (artwork and avant-garde violin), Fernando Carpaneda, Roberta Bayley, Mark Sweeney, Mick Rock and Anton Perich.
Billy Name also recently particpated in the panel on the Warhol era moderated by Kenneth Goldsmith, author of I'll Be Your Mirror: The Selected Andy Warhol Interviews, which took place at The Kitchen on March 1st.
Billy Name (left) with Gretchen Berg and Kenneth Goldsmith
during the recent Warhol panel at the Kitchen
Full details on the "Back to the Bowery" exhibition are at: www.cbgb.com/gallery/030905.htm.
MICHEL AUDER RETROSPECTIVE AT
THE BIENNIAL OF MOVING IMAGES
Scenes from Michel Auder's video,
Chelsea Girls with Andy Warhol, 1971-1976
A retrospective of Michel Auder's films and videos will take place at the 11th Biennial of Moving Images in Geneva Switzerland from November 11 - 19, 2005. The festival will also be honoring the work of Stan Brakhage and Raoul Ruiz. Auder was previously married to Warhol star Viva and various Warhol stars are featured in much of his work.
An excellent article on Michel Auder's films by C. Ondine Chavoya appears in the January/February 2005 issue of After Image magazine. One of Auder's works that Mr. Chavoya examines is the video, Chelsea Girls with Andy Warhol, 1971-1976.
From Michel Auder: Chronicles and Other Scenes by C. Ondine Chavoya:
"In Auder's video, [Brigid] Berlin continually questions Warhol's honesty and the reliability of his memory. At one point, she mentions a Bob Dylan performance, to which Warhol mockingly replies, 'Oh, you mean, 'Bobby Zimmerman' that Edie [Sedgwick] was going to marry?' Picking up on his derisive tone, Brigid retorts, 'but, you're Warhola!' Warhol coyly responds, 'Do you think that's true? Do you think that woman downstairs is really my mother?' Later, in response to further proddings about his sincerity, Warhol compares himself to Brigid's father, Richard E. Berlin, President of the Hearst Corporation, 'Your father is exactly like me, making money from trash, newspapers.' Aggravation escalates between Brigid and Warhol when the topic of Pat Ast 'playing her' is raised. Berlin scolds Warhol for not calling or visiting Viva since her daughter was born; all the while, Viva is present witnessing and hearing the telephone conversation, as Auder records and we observe. Viva finally enters the conversation and speaks directly to Warhol, and compares the 'most excruciating pain' of labor and childbirth with the near-fatal gunshot wound Warhol suffered at the hands of Solanas in 1968 - the spectre of which continually haunts the video. In another sequence, while Larry Rivers interviews Warhol at the Factory on Broadway in 1976, a commotion erupts as Christopher Makos must ward off a 'crazy woman downstairs... in an army jacket... trying to get in.' Auder's camera captures the image of the woman in the foyer through the surveillance camera monitor prominently displayed on Warhol's desk. The final scene features Brigid Berlin reading excerpts from The Philosophy of Andy Warhol at a reception for the paperback release. She reads from a podium outfitted with a video monitor that features a silent Warhol. Appropriately, the reading and tape end as the video image of Warhol begins to flicker and finally fades out."
The full text of C. Ondine Chavoya's article on Michel Auder is available on the After Image website at: www.vsw.org/afterimage.
A list of Auder's work can be found at: www.michelauder.com.
The website for the Centre pour L'Image Contemporaine which is hosting the Biennial of Moving Images is at: www.centreimage.ch.
THE BAD PLAYS FESTIVAL
New York Arts Unlimited is seeking submissions for their Bad Plays Festival due to take place in August to coincide with the annual HOWL festival in the East Village. Melba La Rose, who heads the nonprofit multicultural organization, played the part of Nola Noonan in the original production of Jackie Curtis' Glamour, Glory and Gold. She wants your worst scripts - "the badder the better" - for possible inclusion in the festival which will be held at the Downeast Arts Center, 203 Avenue A (between 12th & 13th Streets). One acts are particularly welcome, although all plays will be considered. Deadline for submissions is March 31, 2005. (The deadline was originally the end of February, but has been extended.) Full details are on the NY Arts Unlimited website at: www.nyartists.org.