Every month, Visual AIDS invites guest curators, drawn from both the arts and AIDS communities, to select several works from the Frank Moore Archive Project. This month, David Getsy curates the online web gallery Making Do, featuring the artwork of Archive Members; Joe Brainard, Scott Burton, Curtis Carman, Tony Feher, Michael Harwood, Mooshka, Mark Morrisroe, Chuck Nanney, James "Jimmie Mack" Simmonds, Joey Terrill, Paul Thek, Richard Treitner, and Stephen Varble.
From the Curator's Statement:
We make our way through our days, everyday. Familiar objects, places, and habits mark our rhythm and our meter. It is often easier to remember the interruptions, the events, and the surprises. The mundane, however, provides the backdrop. It is the potency of the everyday and the urgency of making it livable that have proven so important to many artists. Making Do is about just that: the works in this selection take on and transform daily, habitual, otherwise unremarkable objects, places, and practices. They are the evidence of enduring and a testament to flourishing. (read more)
About the Curator:
David Getsy is the Goldabelle McComb Finn Distinguished Professor of Art History at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His books include Rodin: Sex and the Making of Modern Sculpture (Yale University Press, 2010), Body Doubles: Sculpture in Britain, 1877-1905 (Yale University Press, 2004), and (ed.) From Diversion to Subversion: Games, Play, and Twentieth-Century Art (Penn State University Press, 2011). He is also the author of essays on artists and critics such as Ernesto Pujol, David Smith, John Chamberlain, Alberto Giacometti, Pablo Picasso, Doug Ischar, and John Addington Symonds. He is editing a collection of Scott Burton’s art criticism to be published in 2012 by Soberscove Press titled Possible Impermanence: Scott Burton’s writings on artists, art, and performance, 1966-74.
image: Mark Morrisroe, Untitled [Rat], mixed media on paper, 1986, n/a. (Courtesy Rafael Sánchez, New York and The Estate of Mark Morrisroe (Ringier Collection) at Fotomuseum Winterthur