Who's in a Name?
Join us at MOCA for a very special performance event and book launch for Susan Silton's publication project, Who's in a Name?
This event will feature approximately thirty of the participating artists presenting short responses in various forms to the project, including (list subject to change): Suzanne Adelman, Judie Bamber, Laurel Beckman, Kaucyila Brooke, David Burns, Kristin Calabrese, Joshua Callaghan, Carolyn Castaño, Ginny Cook, Eileen Cowin, Ken Ehrlich, Micol Hebron, Sant Khalsa, Eve Luckring, Audrey Mandelbaum, Yong Soon Min, Brian Moss, Amitis Motevalli, Sandeep Mukherjee, Hillary Mushkin, Sheila Pinkel, Yvonne Rainer, Connie Samaras, Joseph Santarromana, Margie Schnibbe, Kim Schoen, Alex Slade, Stephen van Dyck, Matias Viegener, Austin Young.
Who's in a Name? began as an intervention in a public project by artist John Baldessari. In January 2011, Baldessari launched YOUR NAME IN LIGHTS on the façade of the Australian Museum in Sydney, Australia. Leading up to the launch of the project and during its three-week duration, viewers were invited to register their names on a dedicated website. Participants were then informed when their names would be illuminated on a nearly 100-foot L.E.D. screen; the website presented a 24/7 streaming image of registered names coming in and out of view every fifteen seconds. In January 2011, when Silton first learned about the project, she invited artist friends and colleagues to each register the name of an artist who had committed suicide. These names she culled from a Wikipedia site devoted to the archiving of artists (and others) who had ended their lives.
Fifty-nine artists, including Silton, agreed to participate. Subsequently the artist asked eleven young art historians/writers to rewrite 200-word bios of all of the living and non-living artists. These biographical entries, along with screengrabs Silton captured of all of the suicidees' registered names, and an essay by art historian Liz Kotz, are gathered together in the book.
Refreshments and booksigning to follow in MOCA bookstore
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