". . . But the past does not exist independently from the present. Indeed, the past is only past because there is a present, just as I can point to something over there only because I am here. But nothing is inherently over there or here. In that sense, the past has no content. The past -- or more accurately, pastness -- is a position. Thus, in no way can we identify the past as past." p. 15

". . . But we may want to keep in mind that deeds and words are not as distinguishable as often we presume. History does not belong only to its narrators, professional or amateur. While some of us debate what history is or was, others take it into their own hands." p. 153

Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History (1995) by Michel-Rolph Trouillot

Monday, October 22, 2007

Something Good

An invitation -- to a Whitney reception next month, "celebrating" Kara Walker's show.

Which, weirdly, is a co-reception "celebration" for the Whitney's retrospective of another of our favorite living artists, a founder of the Conceptual Art movement, Lawrence Weiner. He also happens to be a long-time friend, with whom Vaquero has done a few projects over the years.

This is going to be so much fun, since there are going to be people there we know -- unlike the Guggenheim Richard Prince dinner for his retrospective we attended last month. (Not that we didn't enjoy ourselves anyway, with such high quality champagne and food, and the human comedy.)

For more information on Lawrence you can go here. And here.

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