The Tenth Magazine Opening at PS1

A Talk at PS1

Saturday, on a whole, was pleasing and successful.

The Tenth Magazine Opening at PS1
The Tenth Magazine Opening at PS1

Saturday, December 11, 2016

I started, as usual, with a long walk on the High Line. Sometimes I turn around and walk the length of the structure, either at 23rd St., or higher up near 30th St. Today, I walked the length of the park and then to 34th and eighth Avenue, where I caught the E train back home. After lugging my three monitors and their accompanying materials down from my studio, it was time to take them to Long Island City, to PS1. I was slightly nervous about taking the materials on the train again, but it all turned out quite well.

I caught the E at West fourth station, which, fortunately, had an elevator that I could take to reach the boarding platforms. The train ride was smooth and I lugged the cart up the few stairs that I had to take to reach the museum. Once there, I was signed-in by a strangely skeptical guard. I then met the assistant to an assistant curator at the institution. He was very kind, eager, and enthusiastic. As I had requested, the museum provided three plinths on which I would place my monitors.

Speaking at The Tenth Magazine Opening at PS1
Speaking at The Tenth Magazine Opening at PS1

I swiftly unpacked my materials and set everything up. I was very pleased that the location was prominent within the area in which the event would happen. I turned on all the machines and made sure that everything was working, which it was. That gave me time to enjoy a lunch at a Thai restaurant near the institution. I often go there and enjoy fried squid and other Thai delicacies.

By the time I returned, the actual assistant curator was present. As one would expect from an institutional curator, she was pleasant, if not particularly friendly. That I understand, as there are many many people vying for the attention of this set.

The Tenth Magazine Opening at PS1
The Tenth Magazine Opening at PS1

My only annoyance came in the form of the magazine’s organizers, who swept in somewhat late and with a whirlwind of drama and demands. It was very obvious to me that the assistant curator was somewhat irked. My eager friendliness didn’t seem to assuage her irritation. But I gave it a good try. After talking to her assistant, he noted that initially she is easily annoyed, but soon passes through that phase.

I had a photographer from Taskrabbit cover the event. I wanted to make sure that there was some sort of documentation that I can keep for my archive. The woman was friendly and took fairly good pictures. I will be able to sort out what I need from them and find a few good shots. She was also helpful in taking pictures of me with other people at the party.

Generally, I was impressed by the gathering. The turnout was satisfying, and I enjoyed meeting all of the talented people of color that I did. It’s quite unusual to have such concentration of these people in one location. The experience was very refreshing.

I conducted a short talk with the arts editor of the magazine and was pleased that many people were able to view the “Casual Cruelties” cycle. After the event, I quickly repacked my materials and headed back to the city on the E train. As soon as I returned home, I found my partner and his friends ready to go to a nearby tapas restaurant. The food, wine, and lively conversation contributed to a festive cap to a very good day.

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