[NetBehaviour] YOUR TOWN, INC.
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Thu Sep 18 10:33:11 CEST 2008
(via Yes Men to Netbehaviour list)
YOUR TOWN, INC.
Big Box Reuse with Julia Christensen
Curated by Astria Suparak
August 29 - November 23, 2008 @ Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University
September 19, 6-8pm: Hometown BBQ Reception
November 13, 4:30-6pm: University Lecture Series, Big Box Reuse
Presentation + Book Signing
What happens when Wal-Mart moves out, leaving behind massive and
drearily generic buildings amidst acres of paved land? Rather than
focusing on multinational retailers for their relentless, smothering
expansion, artist and writer Julia Christensen chooses to focus on
community, and is optimistic about our ability to move on. She has
researched and documented the ways that American communities have
creatively adapted and transformed these mega stores into more
constructive uses – while asking her audience to think critically about
what a landscape of reused big boxes actually means for our future. And
she offers a response to the big box concept: Christensen created an
architectural installation for Your Town, Inc., providing us with a
starting point and a site for discussions about urgent issues like
sustainability, public space, car dependency, and corporate ownership.
KEEP IT SLICK
Infiltrating Capitalism with the Yes Men
Curated by Astria Suparak
September 4 - October 26, 2008 @ Feldman Gallery at PNCA, Portland, OR,
in connection with PICA's Time-Based Art Festival
November 14, 2008 - February 15, 2009 @ Miller Gallery at Carnegie
Reaching countless people through websites, newspapers, and television
broadcasts, the sometimes anonymous Yes Men are among the most visible
and effective artist-activists of our time. Over the past decade they
have fearlessly taken on the world's biggest corporations and
bureaucracies through a process they call "Identity Correction."
Infiltrating the elite realm of the influential and the moneyed, cloaked
in the sheerest layer of authority – thrift-store suits, quick-print
business cards, forged press releases – these social activators urge us
to question where ethics belong in our capitalist-driven society.
This survey represents the first-ever solo exhibition of the Yes Men.
Here you can walk into a re-creation of their past exploits in the
Conference area, witness a comically apocalyptic future, and pay your
respects to a janitor who generously donated his body to satisfy our
insatiable energy needs. In the Executive Board Room, you may browse
through the Yes Men's personal office items and orate along to their
absurd PowerPoint presentations. The Yes Men seek to incite change. And
above all, they urge us to do something better.
SIGNS OF CHANGE
Social Movement Cultures 1960s to Now
Guest-curated by Dara Greenwald and Josh MacPhee
September 20 - November 22, 2008 @ Exit Art, New York, NY
January 23 - March 8, 2009 @ Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University
Hundreds of posters, photographs, moving images, audio clips, and
ephemera bring to life over forty years of activism, political protest,
and campaigns for social justice. This important and timely exhibition
surveys the creative work of dozens of international social movements.
Although histories of political groups and counter-cultures have been
written, and political and activist shows have been held, this
exhibition is a groundbreaking attempt to chronicle the artistic and
cultural production of these movements. Signs of Change offers a chance
to see relatively unknown or rarely seen works, and is intended to not
only provide a historical framework for contemporary activism, but also
to serve as an inspiration for the present and the future.
The Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University has supported the
creation, understanding, and growth of contemporary art through
exhibitions, projects, events, and publications since January 2000. The
Miller Gallery was founded by Regina Gouger Miller, and is a unit of the
College of Fine Arts.
MILLER GALLERY AT CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY
Purnell Center for the Arts
5000 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
For inquiries about touring exhibitions, or to sign up on our mailing
list, write to: miller-gallery at andrew.cmu.edu
Media contact: Eric Sloss, ecs at andrew.cmu.edu
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McDonald's McMascots: Rona McRiveter, the Yes Men
War Abroad Is War on US, Northern California War Tax Resistance.
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