Golden Age (2007–2011) is CLOSED FOREVER. This site now functions as an archive. Thank you for your patronage.
Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation
We highly recommend attending the 2011 Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation, starting next Saturday, November 5 & 6 at the DePaul CDM Center:
Eyeworks is a festival focusing on abstract animation and unconventional character animation. Festival programs showcase outstanding experimental animation of all sorts: classic films, new works and rare masterpieces.
The Eyeworks programs showcase a range of animation techniques, including paper cutouts, stop-motion, 3D computer animation, and a wide variety of hand-drawn methods. The content of the films is even more varied, and includes cosmic abstraction, psychedelic characters, geometric patterning, and surrealistic narratives.
Eyeworks celebrates animated moving images that express unusual vision, unusual approaches, and unusual style.
November 5 & 6, 2011
DePaul CDM Theater, 247 S. State Street, basement level
Jackson stop, Red Line
We'll be attending Saturday's 6:00 pm program with Lori Damiano for a special preview screening of her hand-drawn animation Lord I: The Records Keeper. More information is available here.
Haunted Corn Maze
Halloween is just around the corner and I hope you've already planned your costume. Last year I went to Haunted Corn Maze at Richardson Farm in Spring Grove, Illinois. My companion was too scared to be terrified by local firefighters, so we ended up doing the scavenger hunt instead, but we heard screams from the other side all night. If you have what it takes, I highly recommend this Chicagoland attraction. If that isn't enough, it's the world's larget corn maze AND all proceeds go to local charities.
American Graffiti Credits
We announced our final exhibition today and have received at least ten emails reading either "Final exhibition?," "Final exhibition?!?!" or "Final? Exhibition?"
To answer those questions (?): YES, Paul Theobald & Company is our last exhibition. Golden Age is closing permanently on November 30. Please celebrate the future with us this Friday, October 28th at the opening of Paul Theobald & Company, featuring work from Lauren Anderson, Robin Cameron and Paul Stoelting.
And while we're on the topic of endings, I've been obsessed with the credits from American Graffiti. They're incredible.
Dossier: MDW Fair
Paul Cowan and Michael Hunter at Document
Sol Hashemi at LVL3
Michael Hunter at Document
Adi Goodrich at Reuben Kincaid
All images from the MDW Fall Showcase in Chicago today and tomorrow. Visit Martine at our table on the third floor.
MDW Fall Showcase
October 21- 23, 2011 at The Geolofts 3636 S Iron St.
Saturday 12pm - 6pm
Sunday 12pm - 6pm
We'll be participating in the MDW Fair this weekend!
MDW Fall Showcase
October 21-23, The Geolofts (3636 S. Iron St.)
Opening: TONIGHT, 8-11pm
Featuring solo and duo exhibitions curated by small not-for-profits, artist-run spaces, independent galleries, collectives and curators from around the country. Including 65 Grand, Alderman Exhibitions, Devening Projects + Editions, LVL3, Western Exhibitions, threewalls, Soberscove Press and many others.
The Black Power Mixtape 1967 - 1975
Last night we saw The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 at the Music Box Theatre and I can't stop thinking about it. The film is a compilation of footage found in the basement of a Swedish television station that follows the evolution of the Black Power Movement in the United States. Each year in the mixtape presents a series of interviews, ethnographic images of the black community and commentary from present-day black thinkers like writer Robin Kelley and musician Talib Kweli.
My only complaint about the film is that—like every black-themed film you'll see in theaters—it characterizes the black American experience by trauma and uplift. I was hoping the unconventional structure of the film would lead to a more imaginative, nuanced view of the black radical tradition. That being said, it's a good film and I recommend checking it out.
The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 is playing at the Music Box Theatre through Sunday.
Paul Theobald and Company
Paul Theobald and Company
Lauren Anderson, Robin Cameron and Paul Stoelting
October 28, 2011 - November 30, 2011
Opening October 28, 2011 6-9pm
Golden Age is pleased to announce our final exhibition, Paul Theobald and Company, featuring painting, photography and sculpture from Lauren Anderson, Robin Cameron and Paul Stoelting—three young artists hinged together by an interest in anachronism.
The exhibition takes its name from the forgotten art bookshop cum gallery cum publisher located in downtown Chicago from 1936 to 1988. Paul Theobald and Company Publishers began during World War II when the supply of European art books was severed due to the ongoing international conflict. In response, Paul Theobald and Lolita Cruz Theobald began to publish works from the now-legendary artists, architects and thinkers that frequented their shop.
We invoke the legacy of Paul and Lolita Theobald, the New Bauhaus émigrés they championed–Moholy-Nagy, Kepes, Hilberseimer, Gropius, and Malevich–and the distinctly American modernism they celebrated. While Chicago can claim this history, most of the creative community would prefer that it die. Golden Age proudly adopts this legacy because death—in the way that painting is “dead” or books are “dying”—is decidedly more interesting than novelty.
With tradition, datelessness and the “anti-novel” in mind, the artists in Paul Theobald and Company use dead forms stripped of time, technique and function to communicate the experience of living in the present moment. Cameron considers the truth of presentation with palpably modern marks that conjure a sense of beauty similar to Alma Thomas, Hans Hoffman and Stuart Davis. Anderson presents a series of sandblasted glass drawings that recall the paintings of Ray Eames while resisting any easy classification. Finally, Stoelting directly links 1945 to 2011 by introducing one open, angular, three foot sculpture that contains a digitally created AbEx painting.
For us, modernism means having the authority to pick and choose from all of history, regardless of convention, and using what is most appropriate for each new project. When history is so readily available and flattened by the immediate forms of reception, anachronism characterizes our current day. We enjoy the “misplacing” of customs, people, and objects. Instead of fantasizing about traveling to 1750 with a computer, we disrupt the contemporary with books. As Golden Age comes to a close, we invite you to look to the future, by acknowledging the past.
More hits from the New York Art Book Fair; here's a fresh batch of publications from Soner Ön that deal with race, transcendence and the urban environment. Have a look.
A Stack of Books As Well As It Is A Book of Stacks
The cover of Triin Tamm's recent publication A Stack of Books reads, "This book is a part of a stack of books, as well as it is, a book of stacks." Indeed. This artist book, published as a contribution to the exhibition "If it's part broke, half fix it." at the CAC Vilnius contains excerpts from other books, imaginably stacked in Tamm's apartment. A Stack of Books is a reader of a working library where the theme is reading itself.
Alpha's Bet Is Not Over Yet
Alpha’s Bet Is Not Over Yet is an exhibition, reading room, and discussion space inspired by the energy and politics of radical, independent Black periodicals published during the first half of the twentieth century. Borne out of “Book Club” (2010), a think tank and reading group organized by artists Steffani Jemison and Jamal Cyrus for Project Row Houses, Houston, Alpha’s Bet investigates approaches to language, the written word, self-education, and democratic distributions of knowledge.
Expanding upon ideas explored in the periodicals on display, Jemison and Cyrus have invited artists to create posters inspired by the American Library Association’s READ campaign. Contributing artists include: Regina Agu, Firelei Báez, Jamal Cyrus, Nathaniel Donnett, Chitra Ganesh, Tia-Simone Gardner, Steffani Jemison, Nikki Pressley, Robert Pruitt and Autumn Knight, Bobby Ray, Martine Syms, and Ginger Brooks Takahashi. These posters are joined by a collection of contemporary chapbooks, zones, and self published volumes, which explore the potential of the publication form today, offering perspectives by: Terry Adkins, Adebukola Bodunrin, Nsenga Knight, David Leggett, Eliza Myrie, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Mitchell Squire, Martine Syms, Greg Tate, and LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs.
The project is accompanied by an illustrated publication that borrows the form of a reader—a compendium of essays, interviews, and selections from the periodicals and posters on display. Edited by Steffani Jemison and designed by Nikki Presley, The Reader includes contributions from Adebukola Bodunrin, Jamal Cyrus, Egie Ighile, Mitchell Jackson, Steffani Jemison, Ryan Inouye, Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts/The Freedwoman’s Bureau, Ethan Swan, and Greg Tate.
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