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Chapman Kelley calls the Chicago, IL Grant Park wildflower garden he created more than 20 years ago “my Mona Lisa.”
The 66,000-square-foot plot of 45 different kinds of species splashed yellow and purple when in full bloom was once called a “magnificent piece of art.” by then Mayor Harold Washington.
But is the garden — or was it, before the Chicago Park District halved it — art by legal definition? Can you own art, does the buyer/commisoner own it and therefor destroy it when it sees fit to? Those questions and more go before a federal judge today in regards to the lawsuit filed by Mr. Kelley.
In consideration is the federal Visual Artists Rights Act which protects the destruction or alteration of works of art of “recognized stature”. The city posits that the law awsa created to protect outdoor paintings, murals & sculpture and not to protect gardens. Mr. Kelley is stating that his garden is an environmental sculpture.
Kelley is a painter, but his garden in Daley Bicentennial Plaza, just east of Millennium Park, brought him his greatest praise. It appeared in travel guides. And at one point, the district compared Kelley to other “heroes of Chicago landscape” such as Frederick Law Olmsted, who designed Jackson Park.
Is it protected art, what is the right of the artist, what is the right of the commissioner, if artists can not get longevity and recognition from public work will they continue to do it? If cities have to fear lawsuits and damages in the 6 figure or higher level when they redesign city areas will that put a freeze on public art commissions?
This week Anthony Elms and Duncan talk to Marc Fischer about the Public Collectors project and other things.
Then Marc LeBlanc and Brian Andrews talk about how Marc is turning Japanese, he thinks heâ€™s turning Japanese, he really thinks soâ€¦.
The intro discusses how Philip von Zweck is a thug.
Anthony, please, dear God, talk in to the mic, seriously.
The following blurbs were shamelessly stolen from PVZâ€™s site:
Marc Fischer is 1/3 of the group Temporary Services, 1/11th of Mess Hall- an experimental cultural center in Rogerâ€™s Park (where he co-organizes the Hardcore Histories series), and an artist who curated the prison-themed exhibition â€œCaptive Audienceâ€ at Gallery 400 earlier this year. In addition to believing that vinyl remains the superior format for the appreciation of recorded music, Fischer still refuses to own a fucking cell phone.
Anthony Elms overcame his youth as just another punk in Michigan to become the assistant director of Gallery 400, the editor of WhiteWalls, and a writer whose works have appeared in like every freakin’ magazine ever (except Artforum, whatever), plus in some exhibition catalogs for stuff that didn’t happen at VONZWECK, but was still ok. He’s pimped himself out at times; and participated in some panel discussions, but I think the panel discussion is always a bad idea, always. Anthony agrees.
On Public Collectors:
VONZWECK- as an entity, doesnâ€™t care about art. You know it, you always have. But VONZWECK likes administration, andâ€¦ stuff. Especially other peopleâ€™s stuff! So does Marc Fischer. He likes stuff so much heâ€™s started a whole new initiative to get to see it, and, being the unselfish soul that he is, to share it.
Itâ€™s called Public Collectors and it is founded upon the concern that there are many types of cultural artifacts that public libraries, museums and other institutions and archives either do not collect or do not make freely accessible. Public Collectors asks people that have had the luxury to amass, organize, and inventory these materials, to help reverse this lack by making their collections public. Itâ€™s voluntary and itâ€™s free. Not about selling, or buying and not restricted to art. Itâ€™s about getting to see something you might not have access to otherwise and exchanges of knowledge.
For this – the kickoff, the ribbon cutting, Marc will be sharing one of his collections: records. Thatâ€™s right actual records, long players, vinyl, what have you. Many will be on display; many more will be brought to the space for listening on request.
But the idea isnâ€™t just for you to see Marcâ€™s stuff, itâ€™s for you to share your collection(s) and view other peoplesâ€™. Other collections are online and many more will be added soon at www.publiccollectors.org.
The Show kicks off with Caroline Picard discussing a Three Walls/Green Lantern project that breaks American indie arts ground. A communication resource for art like this country has never seen. It will blow your mind.
ALSO, NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART. Seriously, if you react negatively to the phrase blow job or the f-boom stay the hell away.
Jason Dunda and Teena McClelland (from the Alliance of Pentaphillic Curators) are back, along with Kathryn, Christopher Hudgens in a rare on mic appearance, Duncan, Terri and Serena all providing team coverage of opening extravaganza 2007.
You are mentioned in this episode, seriously, no name drop list this week because you know you are in here, someone is talking about you, maybe something good, maybe something bad, youâ€™ll just have to listen.
Mike B. is back with 28 somethings later.
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