5:00-9:00 p.m. Giuseppe's Bar Service
6:00-7:00 p.m. Art-Making Activity
7:00-7:45 p.m. Performance of Come and Get It
8:00-9:00 p.m. Screening of The Night James Brown Saved Boston
Art Making Activity
Brian Patterson, Museum Educator, will lead a hands-on workshop that's sure to be fun for all ages and skill levels. This workshop will take place in The Studio gallery.
Come and Get It
Come and Get It is a conceptual savings and loan association that exists inside the Museum's walls for one night only. Border Corps will give micro-loans to four lucky artists in need of financial support to realize their creative ideas. “Our goal is to counter-colonize the Museum by borrowing its accumulation of cultural capital and power to bestow cash and prestige through curatorial acts,” said Armando de la Torre of Border Corps. “Plus, we like the idea of giving away free money for people who will use it to make art in their communities.” The artist-applicants will arrive at Border Corps’ provisional “branch office” inside the Museum, where they will be guided through a ritual processing of their loan application as well as a loan-signing ceremony. Example rituals include “Account/Balance/Transfer”, “Investment Gazing” and “Philosophical Profile”. The rituals are intended as a playful parody of contemporary banking and curatorial practices. At the end of the performance, the loan officer and applicants will seal the deal with a secret handshake and the money will be issued on the spot. On the closing night of this year's Salon Series (August 31) the Border Corps will present an update on each of the funded projects. This performance will take place in Gallery 18.
The Night James Brown Saved Boston
This hour-long documentary reveals the importance of James Brown's concert in Boston the night of April 5, 1968-the day after Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. The mayor of Boston at that time organized every major network in town to carry the concert live, and asked Mr. Brown (in return for an additional fee) to publicly encourage would be rioters to keep the peace. Indeed, while other major U.S. cities were going up in flames amid protests of King's assassination, all of Boston stayed home to watch James Brown. This film comments on the powerful impact, if not control, of the media over our citizenry. Unrated by the MPAA; 60 min. This screening will take place in Gallery 18.