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Archive for January, 2009

Andy Warhol: Good for the Jews?

For the past month or so, I have been working on my first ever commissioned piece: Andy Warhol: Good for the Jews? Running from — yikes! — Jan. 10-18 at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco (which commissioned the work), it will be my personal response to one of their current exhibits: Warhol’s Jews: A Retrospective.

I have been delighted to spend many hours at the CJM, hanging out at that exhibit and others — and also, quite often, at their fine café, for a man cannot live on art alone.  Outside the museum, I’ve also been chatting up a number of experts on Jews, Warhol, art, and philosophy.  How much of their collective wisdom will still cling to me by the time my show opens is a very good question.  But if you come and check out any of the performances, I can promise you that they will at least look and sound beautiful — as I have had the privilege of collaborating, once again, with director David Dower, designer Alex Nichols, composer Marco d’Ambrosio, and producer Jonathan Reinis.  Also, after each hour-long monologue, I will turn into a dialoguist and interview a cool expert on one or another issue raised by the show.

You can get tix and info here.  (Your ticket to my show also gets you in to see everything at this wonderful new museum.)  And despite the very silly video preview above, I want to assure you that I will try at all times to maintain the decorum befitting this very august setting.

UPDATE: The original six shows have been starting to sell out, so the museum has scheduled an additional performance, on Thurs., Jan. 22, at 7 p.m.  Go here for details — and to see the list of incredible talkback guests for the whole run.

ANOTHER UPDATE: All the shows — including the added performance on Jan. 22 — are sold out.