Posted by tracey on:
I'm starting to get excited about the next Atelier at SBMA. The guest artist is author Geoff Dyer and I am sorry to say that I haven't read his book - yet. However I have read about him and about his books and the more I read the more I want to know.
He will be at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art on May 4th for the next iteration of Atelier. This is a smaller version of the famous/infamous NIGHTS event with more focus on the content and context and less on the party. May's event will be as follows:
Satire Meets Sincerity: An Alternative Look at the Venice Biennale
May 4, 5:30 - 7:30pm
On May 4 the Museum's galleries stand in for the dual watery worlds of Venice and Varanasi as embodied in Geoff Dyer's novel, Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi, hailed by The New York Times and The Guardian as a combination of "fiction, autobiography, travel writing, cultural criticism, literary theory, and a kind of comic English whining; a louche and canny delight."
Experience the wit of Dyer first hand as he reads from his novel in the galleries and leads us on an amusing and intellectual exploration that pierces the pretense of the contemporary scene of art fairs and biennials.
Listen to the critically acclaimed Sonus Quartet, led by Caroline Campbell in a sincere-meets-satirical send-up of the café orchestras of Venice's St. Mark's Square.
Play Pretense Meets Pilgrimage, an interactive performance art game where guests receive random cards, moving them closer to self-awareness - or is it self absorption? Come find out.
Seriously, this should be fun and I have to work and I still think it will be fun.
More Geoff Dyer:
Tickets to the event are $50 for members and $60 for non-members and includes cocktails and hors d' oeuvres. Available HERE