New Meetup: Shepard Fairey exhibit (OBEY GIANT) @ Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA)

From: T.J. M.
Sent on: Thursday, February 19, 2009 1:12 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Nerd Fun - Boston!

What: Shepard Fairey exhibit (OBEY GIANT) @ Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA)

When: March 5,[masked]:45 PM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: It's free admission on "Target Free Thursday Nights", a free 7:00 pm tour of the art museum, and a free exhibition of Shepard Fairey's work, creator of the "Andre the Giant has a Posse" grafitti -- you know, the graffiti that started popping up in Harvard Square in the 1990s? Shepard Fairey is also creator of this little known and obscure poster depicting the juxtoposition of some guy named "Barack" and the word "Hope". Oddly enough, the day after the last time we went to the ICA, the graffiti artist was arrested for... er... doing graffiti.

Last time we went, there really wasn't much to see there -- the place is kinda small on content with much real estate spent on displaying blank open space -- and the Shepard Fairey exhibit was on display only to Members of the ICA.

If you want to see the collection they have, the "Works on View" are displayed at http://www.icaboston.org/exhibitions/exhibit/collection-3/works-on-view/

Main Exhibit: Shepard Fairey, Supply and Demand:
http://www.icaboston.org/exhibitions/exhibit/fairey/

"From humble beginnings as a defiant, skateboard-obsessed art student pasting homemade stickers, Shepard Fairey has developed into one of the most influential street artists of our time".

Slide show of Shepard Fairey's work:
http://www.icaboston.org/photo-album/fairey/view-photo?image_id=7174004

Cornelia Parker's "Hanging Fire (Suspected Arson)":
Besides Mr. Fairey, the one reason to go there is to see Cornelia Parker's piece called, "Hanging Fire". [ Article: http://www.boston.com/ae/theater_arts/articles/2006/12/06/picking_up_the_pieces/ ]

According to the ICA site http://www.icaboston.org/exhibitions/permanent-collection/artists/parker/ "An impressive example of Cornelia Parker's signature suspended sculptures, Hanging Fire (Suspected Arson) is a major installation piece constructed from found materials-the charred remains of an alleged arson incident. Hung by wires to create a forest of charcoal fragments, the work features a spectacular explosion of form in space and captures Parker's forensic fascination".

Where to meet:
T.J. Maher will be there starting at 6:15 pm, waiting to herd nerds. Let's all get there by 6:45 pm to take the free 7:00 pm tour of the entire museum, which lasts 40 - 45 minutes. After, we can wander around on our own. The ICA closes at 9:00 pm. T.J. is 5 foot 7, has short brown hair, blue eyes, and will be sporting a "Hello My Name is T.J." and a red MEETUP sign attached to his black messenger bag. He'll be in the lobby, near the seats and the big ole sign saying "Tours Start Here".

About the ICA:
http://www.icaboston.org/exhibitions/exhibit/collection-3/

"Established in 1936, the ICA had a long history of exhibiting, but not collecting, the work of notable artists working to push the boundaries of contemporary art. Now looking ahead, the museum has begun to acquire works by select artists who have participated in our exhibitions since 2000. These are culled from our major solo and thematic exhibitions, as well as from our Momentum series and the James and Audrey Foster Prize. In this way, we will eventually form a significant 21st-century collection that will be unique to the ICA. Even at this early stage, our collection includes a robust selection of works by national and international artists in a range of styles and media".

Articles:
2/9/2009: "Street artist Fairey arrested in Boston for tagging two locations" http://www.tuftsdaily.com/street_artist_fairey_arrested_in_boston_for_tagging_two_locations-1.1359992
"Local police arrested Fairey, 38, as he was about to DJ an event celebrating his new exhibition at Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art. Entitled 'Supply and Demand,' the display is a tribute to Fairey's 20-year career"

2/13/2009: "Art turns ugly in squabble over 'Hope' "
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/02/12/MN2715SEPA.DTL

"Artist Shepard Fairey says that he has distributed more than 300,000 copies of his iconic poster of President Obama with the word 'Hope' written underneath and that it has inspired countless other versions. Now, the 38-year-old Los Angeles street artist, who says he used an Associated Press photograph as a 'visual reference' for his piece, is in the middle of a copyright battle that goes to the heart of how media is made, remixed and mashed up."

... Long before I discovered and became a member of Nerd Fun, I was a member of the Maher Household, our own little four person group doing events extremely similar to "Nerd Fun". I wonder if any of my family wants to go to this one with us?

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http://www.meetup.com/NerdFunBoston/calendar/9776822/

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