Episode 194: Paul Morris

May 17, 2009 · Print This Article

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This week: Duncan talks to Paul Morris the Art Czar of a number of art fairs who really goes by the title of Vice President of Art Shows & Events for Merchandise Mart Properties Inc. to discuss Artropolis, his history as an innovator and gallery owner, and where the art world is headed.


A night you won’t forget…if you live to remember!!!

Friday, May 29th, You Oughta be in Fangs, written & directed by Death by Design

Decadent 1920s party-goers in search of hot-jazz and free-flowing booze, head to a secret speakeasy run by the conjoined Whisper Sisters. Assisted by a team of waxen virgins and undead goons, the Sisters entice their guests with vampish performers, seductive strains and intoxicating elixirs. But watch your step – lest you should shimmy straight into the arms of their Vampire suitors, who slip incognito through the euphoric crowd, adding to their brood.

Join us for our first artist-directed fundraiser, You Oughta Be in Fangs by Death by Design. Featuring hot-jazz by D.J. Coffin Banger, a medicine show by Sanjula Vamana, vampire bites by The Bleeding Heart Bakery, open casket portraits, a secret potion hunt, prohibition era coffin varnish (i.e. booze) and much much more.

A one-of-a-kind event, You Oughta Be in Fangs is a prohibition era meets the undead, housed in Chicago’s spectacular The International Museum of Surgical Science. Unlike any event threewalls has ever held, You Oughta Be in Fangs is our first spring fundraiser, a new annual artist designed and directed ‘experience’ where guests become ‘part of the art’.

Death by Design, Co., is a special effects and video-based company established by artists Michelle Maynard and Teena McClelland in May 2005. The Death by Design team constructs film sets and immersive environments at select locations where clients are invited to enter the set and engage in an in-depth conversation with life through their own “Hollywood” death. Visitors can either watch the action unfold or be part of the story-line, infiltrating the artwork as live (and dead) bodies. You Oughta Be In Fangs is their first ‘party’ environment/installation, where party-goers, immersed in the set, become characters in a speak-easy riddled with the undead.

Take a bite of the visual arts and help support Threewalls support artists.

Costumes encouraged!

7:30-8:30: VIP Preview with appetizers, live entertainment, and open bar.

8:30-11:30: General Admission with dessert, and open bar.
Garrison Keillor
Paul Morris
Art Chicago
jello wrestling
Claudine Ise
Meg Onli
The Armory Show
Death By Design
You Oughta be in Fangs
The Met

Dia Art Foundation
Marcel Broodthaers
Matthew Marks
Pat Hearn
Colin De Land
The Gramercy International Contemporary Art Fair
Chris Kennedy
Mark Falanga
Toronto Art Fair
Volta New York
Jasper Johns
Cady Noland
Mariko Mori
Pier 92
Robert Crumb
Hammer Museum
Book of Genesis
Damien Hirst
Jack Pierson
Jim Hodges
Kiki Smith
David Hammons
Jeffrey Deitch
Chris and Sheila Kennedy
thespian tendencies
Paul Morris
Kahinde Wiley
Oliver Boberg
DCKT contemporary
Ewan Gibbs
Timothy Taylor
Target pop up stores
Prospect New Orleans
The Matrix
Anthony d’Offay Gallery

7 thoughts on “Episode 194: Paul Morris”

  1. Marc Falango says:

    Paul Morris seems like an okay guy. Why the hell is he working for Chris Kennedy who is obviously more interested in merchandising (go figure) that art? And how does Mr. Morris feel about being a pawn to Bucky’s transparent political ambitions?

  2. Balzac says:

    Someone related to the art world with a cynical agenda, I don’t believe it!

  3. BAS ed. says:

    Comment 2 is clearly not Mark Falanga and is parody.

    BAS would just like to make that clear.

    The question contained with in “Marc Falango’s” question is interesting. How do we as a community perceive MMPI interest in these fairs? Do we trust what they have done? Are they getting better over the years or worse? How do we judge them and what do we judge them against?


  4. Dan Gunn says:

    MMPI’s interest is pretty clear. To have the best trade show that they can. That’s been the same as it ever was. The question is which market does MMPI want Art Chicago to compete in? For instance as a regional art fair, national art fair or international art fair? Do they want to knock off ABMB or merely operate Art Chicago for the mid-market while saving the Armory for the high-market stuff? That’s the real question.

  5. Mike says:

    Hi, nice posts there 🙂 thank’s for the interesting information

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