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James Pepper Kelly

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The Greatest Op-Ed of All: The Dobrzynski-Durston Proposal

Originally published on Bad at Sports Imagine that a writer named Judith H. Dobrzynski boards a plane. She’s ambivalent about her recent op-ed for the New York Times, “High Culture Goes Hands-On,” in which she mourned the loss of a classic, passive museum experience. The response was decent (63 comments and a spot on the “most-emailed” list), and the negative response didn’t go much beyond baseless ad hominems (“crank,” “elitist”). But real-world impact? Judy sighs. She tries not to think about institutions these days, their obsequi... [more]
Posted by James Pepper Kelly on 8/27/13

"Weird Dude Energy" at Heaven Gallery, curated by Gurl Don't Be Dumb

Originally published by Chicago Artist Writers and featured on Bad at Sports. Weird Dude Energy curators Gurl Don't Be Dumb: Eileen Mueller and Jamie Steele Nicholas Wylie & Andrew Mausert-Mooney, performance view Sources liberally appropriated from the Internet. Walter Benjamin | At the center of this exhibition is man. Present-day man; a reduced man, therefore, chilled in a chilly environment. Since, however, this is the only one we have, it is in our interest to know him. He is subjected to tests, examinations. What emerges is th... [more]
Posted by James Pepper Kelly on 7/14/13