TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY OCCUPATIONAL ADJUSTMENTS AND CONSIDERATIONS, EPISODE 4: Seating Chart for a Fall Dinner Party in a Pandemic
GALLERY KENDRA JAYNE PATRICK for Metro Pictures
September 9th - December 30, 2020
Sometimes, it seems like the entirety of the art business is anchored in exciting conversations. My first hint of this notion appeared at a meal celebrating a now-acclaimed artist friend’s first post-MFA group show. Dinner parties with my lawyer colleagues were brilliant, if buttoned-up, but that evening, artists and their seemingly infinite supply of Big Ideas generated a kaleidoscopic new set of possibilities for me. Was it true that you (I?) could live a life in art?
A few years into writing about art and curating exhibitions, I was seated across from a person who would go on to become a dear mentor and friend at a dinner celebrating our mutual friend’s inclusion in a particular confluence of German-based international art exhibitions. Having had so much fun discussing art at the intersection of American and European politics, the next day we drove to the opening of Skulptur Projekte Münster. This still counts as one of my favorite exhibition experiences/adventures in recent memory.
Now that epidemiological concerns preclude both a physical exhibition and the centerpiece event marking Gallery Kendra Jayne Patrick’s first fall exhibition for one of the wildest art seasons on record, it feels important to use this opportunity to actively seek new means for fostering consequential art dialogue. Seating Chart for a Fall Dinner Party in a Pandemic, then, is an ode to the thrilling possibilities springing from dinner conversations I’ve experienced all throughout my life and work with art. It’s an exhibition of pairs, each featuring one object by one artist in each gallery’s respective orbit. In this configuration, the works are afforded an intimate, intricate dialogue, in much the same way as the artists themselves might be, were they afforded physical and temporal proximity.
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A ∩ B art: sex as performance; the interplay between public and private sexual identity
A ∩ B dinner party conversation: WAP-related fanfare, Andrea Frasier, ”Untitled” 2003
A very special thank you to Ryan Muller whose dedication, insight, and sense of humor made this exhibition possible. - KJP