The Lure of the Dark: Contemporary Painters Conjure the Night

The Lure of the Dark: Contemporary Painters Conjure the Night

MASS MoCA | TM Davy & Jeronimo Elespe

March 3, 2018

Sex, death, romance, magic, terror, wonder, alienation, and freedom: the night invites a myriad of often contradictory associations. For centuries, painters have been drawn to the mysteries and marvels of the night and its perceptual and poetic possibilities. From Rembrandt and his Night Watch to Georges de la Tour’s candle-lit scenes of the seventeenth century, James McNeill Whistler’s woozy Nocturnes, Vincent van Gogh’s dizzying Starry Night, and Edward Hopper’s lonely Nighthawks, artists have sought to capture the mood of the night. Of course, an exhibition about the night is also about the light that illuminates the darkness, from the moon and the stars, to candles, cigarettes, and the glow of cell phones. Many of the artists in The Lure of the Dark look back to predecessors, such as the Impressionists and Monet and Pisarro, to study the night en plein air, completing a painting in a single sitting or night. Featuring paintings — including new commissions — by a diverse group of over a dozen contemporary artists, including Patrick Bermingham, William Binnie, Cynthia Daignault, TM Davy, Jeronimo Elespe, Cy Gavin, Shara Hughes, Josephine Halvorson, Sam McKinniss, Wilhelm Neusser, Dana Powell, Kenny Rivero, and Alexandria Smith, The Lure of the Darkillustrates the ways in which the hours of darkness continue to provoke the contemporary imagination, providing apt metaphors for the diversity of human experience and the intersections of human experience along with the anxious tenor of the day.

Morgan Bassichis: The Faggots and Their Friends Between Revolutions The Musical, Pt. III

Morgan Bassichis: The Faggots and Their Friends Between Revolutions The Musical, Pt. III

The New Museum | TM Davy

December 17, 2017

Morgan Bassichis adapts the underground classic The Faggots and Their Friends Between Revolutions (1977)—an out-of-print book by Larry Mitchell, with lush illustrations by Ned Asta, that recounts a fable of radical queerness and the challenges and possibilities of communal life—in a series of three “new moon potluck theater” evenings. Bassichis’s style incorporates stand-up comedy and call-and-response as well as, more recently, songs, lullabies, and chants. The Faggots and Their Friends Between Revolutions The Musical will unfold over the course of “Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon” as an incantation grappling with histories of queer and feminist world-making. The luminary cast includes TM Davy, DonChristian Jones, Michi Osato, Una Osato, and special guests, with set design by Anna Betbeze. In Bassichis’s own words, “It’s like dinner theater but spiritual and can you bring some of the food? Seriously.” If you would like to contribute food to the potluck, please arrive by 6:45 p.m.

 

Cover Image: Illustration by Ned Astra in The Faggots and Their Friends Between Revolutions. New York: Calamus Books, 1977