Feb. 1 – March 25, 2018.
Opening Reception: Thursday, Feb. 1, 6-8 p.m.
DJ set: Henry Ross, whose sound will move through the materiality of the season.
This is Season Zero.
How well do you behave? IN THE FLAT FIELD. brings together printed matter and promotional materials — first encounters — of and into various fields. From art school gallery exhibition posters to radical literature, from fashion runway invitations to a philosopher’s notes. With an ethos of slow programming, these materials gathered together are installed accumulatively throughout the season. Things come and go and stay for different durations.
How can aesthetic, political, and intellectual urgency be conveyed and designed in the present moment? We look at —and look back at — these materials not as artifacts but as media-screens of first encounters in that very first flat field. How well do we behave towards materials? How well do materials behave back? What resonances and resistance are there for the here and now? And finally, what responsibilities does a gallery situated in an art and design school, such as Beeler Gallery, have in the present moment?
This is not an exhibition.
How well do you behave? IN THE FLAT FIELD. features archival work including:
• Micro-histories of art and design schools through their exhibition posters, postcards, and promotional printed matter. Including Portikus, Städelschule (Frankfurt, Germany), Villa Arson (Nice, France. Selected and reflections by Julien Bouillon, additional reflections by Julie Béna, Sergio Verastegui), ÉCAL (Lausanne, Switzerland. Reflections by Stéphane Kropf), Cranbrook Academy of Art (Bloomfield Hills, Michigan)
• Black & Red Books and the Detroit Printing Co-Op, featuring the first unauthorized English edition of Guy Debord’s influential 1967 book The Society of the Spectacle. Curated by Danielle Aubert(based on a previous exhibition co-organized with Maia Asshaq at 9338 Campau, Hamtramck in 2016).
• A special 1970 issue of the short-lived art tabloid Culture Hero founded by Les Levine, printed in rainbow-plated lithograph, dedicated to The Village Voice dance critic Jill Johnston, featuring writings by James Lee Byars, Teeny Duchamp, Meredith Monk, Yvonne Rainer, Andy Warhol, and more. (From the CCAD Rare Books Collection.)
• New York fashion designer duo Eckhaus Latta’s runway invitations from 2013 to 2018, designed by Eric Wrenn.
• French philosopher Alain Badiou’s lecture notes on love, which formed the basis for his book In Praise of Love (2012), will be installed in Schema Corridor, leading into and informing the moving image programming of Beeler Gallery’s screening room, including artist Sable Elyse Smith, graphic designer duo Vier5 (of Documenta 14, Athens), artist Les Levine, filmmaker Ephraim Asili, and more.
• Architectural maquettes of Beeler Gallery containing free artist-made publications will be replenished throughout the season.
Postscript by Yin Ho, James Payne, Merijn van der Heijden, and Jennifer Teets, in the form of downloadable pdf available in Fall 2018 on Beelergallery.org
Opening Reception: Food by Willowbeez Soulveg. Beer by BrewDog.