Last Call for “The Talent Show”

Chris Burden, You’ll Never See My Face in Kansas City, Morgan Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.A; November 6, 1971, Relic: ski mask, Case: 5-1/2 x 17 x 12 inches, Collection: Gilbert and Lila Silverman, Southfield, Michigan

The Henry is starting its countdown to the closing of our The Talent Show exhibition. There’s no more time to put it off with only t-minus 5 days left!

The Talent Show examines a range of complicated relationships that have emerged between artists, audiences, and participants in light of the competing desires for notoriety and privacy that mark our present cultural moment. For almost half a century, artists have modeled and exploited these desires and dramatized the complex dynamics that surround them, often engaging people to participate in their work—both with and without their knowledge.

The Talent Show is officially outa here on Sunday, August 21st! Help us bid bon voyage to this traveling display of “private performance” as it moves on to its next exhibiting home.

And, sadly, there’s only one concurring program left for The Talent Show. The Emancipated Spectator: Broadcast yourself, part 2 (Art, Entertainment and Reality) will conclude next Thursday, August 25th at 7PM. Join Henry Curator Sara Krajewski for a series of casual discussions focused around the themes explored in The Talent Show. Using the exhibition as a point of departure, the group will meet to discuss selected readings and films that deal with the complex relationships between participation, exhibitionism, and voyeurism in contemporary art and media culture. Click here to view the list of films and readings and to RSVP!

Finally, this has nothing to do with The Talent Show. But after writing the title to this post, I can’t get this song out of my head.

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