For a good time check out Kinkead Contemporary. I stopped by on a Sunday to find the front room converted into a café and the back room turned into a Salon. Cold beers were promptly distributed for a panel conversation.
The room was packed with mostly artists I think. The focus of the panel was on the notions of sincerity and authenticity in contemporary art (the irony pendulum has swung). Ed Schad moderated with panelists Kelly McClane, Heather Brown, Kirston Stoltman, and Steve Roden. The conversation was too fluid to detail here, but the purpose was clear enough: let’s get together to eat, drink, and discuss art.
Only once did the owner interrupt to say that the gallery system was not the root of all evil. But other than that he was the perfect host.
I’m not sure if the idea was a one-off or if he plans on spontaneously throwing these symposiums whenever the themes and artists present themselves. The conversation was intelligent and fun. I noticed it’s relatively impossible to maintain pretensions while panelists gulp Pabst Blue Ribbon.
(Image: Kelly Kleinschrodt, nami (p.1-2), 2008. C-print. 9.5" X 12" From upcoming exhibition)