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New Pyramids For The Capitalist System by Robby Herbst

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New Pyramids For The Capitalist System by Robby Herbst
Curated by: Karl Erickson

30 Washington Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
February 10th, 2012 - April 1st, 2012
Opening: February 10th, 2012 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.dumboartscenter.org
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
brooklyn
EMAIL:  
gallery@dumboartscenter.org
PHONE:  
(718) 694-0831
OPEN HOURS:  
Wednesday - Sunday 12PM - 6PM
TAGS:  
Robby Herbst, dac, Occupy LA installation, performance

DESCRIPTION

"New Pyramids For The Capitalist System" explores acrobatics, class, bodies, and interpersonal dynamics through a series of large-scale drawings, installations, and performances of human pyramids. The project was inspired by Herbst's grandfather's photos (a collection of beach and socialist acrobats) and a 1911 diagram produced by Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) called "Pyramid for the Capitalist System."

At sites associated with Occupy LA Herbst and a group of amateur, costumed, acrobats enacted the IWW diagram by creating human pyramids.  Acrobats dressed as workers, managers, law enforcement, clergy and capitalists. This exhibition focuses on social dynamics and the efforts to memorialize the actions highlighted in the pyramid performances. Drawings and sculptures will examine the spatial and political implications of what it means to bear the weight of this classed system.