Improvised Showboat, a curatorial project developed by artists Zachary Keeting and Lauren Britton, mounted its seventh one-night show this past weekend in my new DUMBO studio at 55 Washington Street. I gave Keeting and Britton the basic idea: “Command-Z” would include work that reflected our increasing devotion to digital tools and online life. They combined their icks with my short list and invited eachartist to bring one piece by the studio at 5pm the day of the show. On Saturday, Keeting and Britton showed up at 4pm with six cases of PBR, a few bottles of wine, and their installation tools. The artists arrived as scheduled and unwrapped their work. Keeting and Britton hung the show, and the doors opened to the public at 6pm.
By 6:30, the opening was in in full swing and continued long past the designated 8pm closing time. Once the sun set, we could see the Empire State Building out the window, glowing with red lights in honor of the NYFD’s 150th anniversary. Across the street, the illuminated archway under the Manhattan Bridge seemed larger than life. Finally, when everyone was talked out, the artists deinstalled their work, wrapped it up, and headed out into the night.
Stay tuned for news of Improvised Showboat #8. The rumor I heard is that Kitty Shimski will be hosting in Industry City…
“Improvised Showboat #7: Command -Z,” curated by Zachary Keeting and Lauren Britton with Sharon Butler. Artists included: Lisa Beck, Peter Burr, Sharon Butler, Jacob Feige, Andrew Ginzel, Erin O�Keefe, Heather Leigh McPherson, Carrie Pollock, Tim Portlock, Siebren Versteeg, Alexi Worth, and Raphael Zollinger. 55 Washington Street, Brooklyn, NY. Saturday, May 2, 2015.
The Painter of Modern Life, command-z, and the resurgence of abstraction (2015)
Web world: The New Museum’s 2015 Triennial(2015)
Keeting and Grill: Timeless energy (2013)
What is Gorky’s Granddaughter? (2011)
IMAGES: Heather Leigh McPherson (2013)
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