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Jul 30

BIRGIT HEIN: JACK SMITH IN COLOGNE

The exhibition Jack Smith: Cologne, 1974 brings together photographs by Gwenn Thomas and a film by Birgit Hein, both documenting a performance by Jack Smith in the Cologne Zoo as part of Projekt 74 organized by Kunsthalle Köln.

Jack Smith (1932-1989), while often under-recognized, is clearly one of the most influential artists of American postwar Art. He was arguably the inventor of an aesthetics which came to be known as ‘camp’ and ‘trash’, using no-budget means of production to create a visual cosmos heavily influenced by popular film and kitsch culture. Without Smith it is hard to imagine independent cinema, experimental theater and performance art in its current form.

His highly political and critical views disregarded essentially all notions of artistic production while his affinity for popular culture and his ability to transform the every day into art lead the way to what was later labeled Pop Art. Smith’s artistic practice was a major influence on filmmakers and artists such as David Lynch, John Waters, Cindy Sherman, Laurie Anderson and Andy Warhol who describes Smith as “the only person I would ever copy.”

In 1974, Birgit Hein produced a feature on Smith for the influential TV program Kino 74 on German TV Station WDR. Thomas went to Cologne to document Smith’s performance for the New York-based avant-garde magazine Avalanche.

Hein’s and Thomas’ works show a costumed Smith and reveal the artist in a comical yet serious project critical of the implications of national boundaries, landlords and the concept of rent. Thomas’ black and white photographs are organized as a cinematic sequence and give a intricate insight into Jack Smith’s work. Hein’s beautifully shot documentary feature introduced Smith to a larger audience well before he was recognized in the United States. Both their powerful documentations stand for themselves as artistic works as much as they offer a unique insight into the work and persona of Jack Smith.


Birgit Hein is a German film director, producer and screenwriter who has made experimental films since the 1960s. Hein has won many prestigious Awards and her films have been screened at festivals worldwide. She lives and works in Berlin.

Thomas’ artworks have been exhibited in numerous exhibitions in the US and abroad. Her work is included in many public and private collections, among them the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia as well as numerous private collections. She lives and works in New York.

The exhibition is produced in cooperation with LIVE FILM! JACK SMITH! Five Flaming Days in a Rented World from October 28 - November 1, 2009 at Arsenal Institute for Film and Video Art and Hebbel Am Ufer Theater in Berlin.

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Mar 29

Dawn Kasper featuring Karen Adelman and Tara Jane ONeil, Meditations in a Fucked Up Emergency, 2011.

Free Clinic #2

Human Resources, Los Angeles, California

Organized by the Action Bureau


Margie Schnibbe, Shredding Credit Card Offers While a Blow Job is Happening, 2012

Organized by The Action Bureau @ Black Box by Liz Glynn

Photographs by Calvin Lee

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Margie Schnibbe, Shredding Credit Card Offers While a Blow Job is Happening, 2012

Organized by The Action Bureau @ Black Box by Liz Glynn

Photographs by Calvin Lee

[PART 1] [PART 2]


Paul Waddell, Untitled, and Untitled Part II, 2012

Organized by the Action Bureau @ Black Box by Liz Glynn

Photos by Calvin Lee


The Sunday Scag, The Re-Education of Amerika, 2012

Organized by Action Bureau @ Black Box by Liz Glynn

Photos by Calvin Lee

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Mar 28

Marilyn Arsem, Dissolution, 2011.

Free Clinic #2

Organized by the Action Bureau

Human Resources, Los Angeles


Jan 17

The Action Bureau Presents: Paul Waddell @ Art Los Angeles Contemporary

For Immediate Release
The Action Bureau presents: Paul Waddell
Saturday, January 21st, 11:30AM

ALAC
Ruskin Theatre
Santa Monica Airport

Presented by the curatorial collective THE ACTION BUREAU, Los Angeles artist Paul Waddell will perform his new piece, Quick start camping trip urbane sim revision: a system for showing results (2012). Developed specifically for Art Los Angeles Contemporary, this performance will loosely take the form of an intuitive camping trip, instructing the audience on survival in casual and urbane environments.

Paul Waddell is a painter and performance artist who lives and works in Los Angeles. He recently presented his performance work at the 10th annual Open Performance Festival in Beijing, China. Paul Waddell’s performance work has been written about in the Boston Dig, Art Papers, Beijing Today and TimeOut Boston.

THE ACTION BUREAU is a L.A.-based curatorial collective dedicated to furthering the discourse connecting contemporary and historical performance art. Comprised of artists Parker Davis and Paul Waddell, and writer Catherine Taft, THE ACTION BUREAU insists on a kind of performance art that maintains a rigorous engagement with the rich history and basic fundamentals of the medium. The collective seeks to promote this discourse, both locally and abroad, through the production of live-art events, exhibitions, lectures, print and multimedia publications.

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Dec 20
Ron Athey, Resonate/Obliterate, 2011.
via Artnet

Ron Athey, Resonate/Obliterate, 2011.

via Artnet


Dec 12

J. Patrick Walsh III

Friend #00 at the Bad Cave, 2011.

Organized by the Action Bureau

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