Monday, May 11, 2009

Michael Smith, Roxy Paine and Sculpture Center

Comedy and humor were vital to the group of artists featured in The Pictures Generation, 1974-1984. Michael Smith, an amazingly funny artist, gave a great performance at the Met last Sunday. On the roof of the Met, Roxy Paine's sculpture sprawled out and everything was relative and contemporary.

Then it's back to the seventies with the Sculpture Center's current show, and in the basement is a gem of an installation by Michael Ashkin. An inspiration!

Perhaps, you might be inspired by the The Free Skool at the University of Trash, an informal educational program that invites the public to become transient professors and students by proposing and participating in workshops, classes, meetings and more. Running during all open hours from May 11th- August 3rd, the University of Trash will host workshops ranging from weekly reading groups, book making workshops, to physical education intensives. A schedule of events will be updated regularly on SculptureCenter's website. The full schedule can be found on the Facebook page for University of Trash.

To propose a project or event for the Free Skool, email

picture above: Librado Romero/The New York Times

Roxy Paine's 130-foot-long treelike sculpture is made of 10,000 pieces of stainless steel.

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