NEW YORK CITY MUSEUM OF COMPLAINT / PERFECT LOVERS

NEW YORK CITY MUSEUM OF COMPLAINT / PERFECT LOVERS

Wednesday, February 3, 2010 - 04:02

MATTHEW BAKKOM ½ BENNETT SIMPSON
Saturday, February 6th, 2010
6-9PM
Admission is free

MANDRAKE
2692 South La Cienega Boulevard

Los Angeles, CA

Matthew Bakkom was born in Minneapolis in 1968. Starting in the early 1990s, working as a visual artist in North America and Europe, he has participated in exhibitions at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia and the Queens Museum of Art, New York. Bakkom has received awards of support from the Jerome Foundation, Bush Foundation, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs of the City of Paris. The creative interpretation of archives often serves as the basis for his work.

Bennett Simpson is Associate Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles, where he recently co-curated the exhibitions Collecting History: Highlighting Recent Acquisitions and Dan Graham: Beyond. Simpson arrives in LA from Boston, having served as Associate Curator at Institute of Contemporary Art, and organized exhibitions with Kanishka Raja, Roe Ethridge, Paul Chan, and Sergio Vega.  From 2002-2004, he served as Associate Curator at the ICA, Philadelphia.  His projects at ICA included solo exhibitions with Justine Kurland and Aleksandra Mir, as well as Shoot the Singer: Music on Video; The Big Nothing (co-curated with Ingrid Schaffner and Tanya Leighton); and Make Your Own Life: Artists In and Out of Cologne.  Simpson has published essays and criticism in Artforum, Parkett, and Texte zur Kunst, Frieze, and Purple, where he was Associate Editor.
 
New York City Museum of Complaint is a collection of 132 letters written to the Mayor of New York between 1751 and 1969. Selected from the municipal archives and presented chronologically, the letters address a range of issues from dead animals in the street to swindles, capitalism, corruption, civil rights, adventuresses, bad luck, broken hearts, noise and other people. These are communiques of dissatisfaction over the course of a city's evolution. The core strength of this collection lies in its peculiar ability to capture the spirit of the city as defined by its critics and crusaders. New York City has long been perceived as a place where personal stances flourish. These civic documents are historical embodiments of the language, wit and energy that have forged the city's reputation. From the passionate defense of street musicians to dedicated battles with dry cleaners, police officers, pushcart peddlers and hooligans, a chorus emerges that articulates the challenges and inherent absurdity of metropolitan life.
 
Perfect Lovers
UCI Graduate Studio Art Lecture Series