03.31.2007

Saturday 3.31.07 – Temporary Services – Group Work Dinner and Discussion

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Date/Time: 31/03/2007 12:00 am


Saturday 3.31.07 – Temporary Services – Group Work Dinner and Discussion
1. about this Saturday 03.31.07
2. about Temporary Services
3. about Group Work – the book
4. about Group Work – the exhibition
5. about Alan Moore
6. links
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1. about this Saturday 03.31.07
What: Talk / Discussion
When: Monday 03.31.07
Where: 16Beaver Street, 4th Floor
When: 6-9 pm
Who: Free and open to all
We are happy to host Temporary Services, in town for the Group Work book launch and related exhibition at Printed Matter, for a dinner and informal conversation to celebrate groups. Temporary Services will offer a short presentation of their work and their new book, Group Work. They will be joined by Alan Moore, himself no stranger to working in groups. Alan will be in conversation with Temporary Services about the book and their work, and will help lead an open discussion with the audience.
Also, we’ll be enjoying potluck dinner and drinks throughout the evening. Please bring a dish or drink to share. We’re hoping to see a bunch of people who currently work in groups as well as people who appreciate group work.
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2. about Temporary Services
Temporary Services is a group of three persons: Brett Bloom, Salem Collo-Julin and Marc Fischer. They draw on their varied backgrounds and interests to produce creative exhibitions, events, projects and publications. They often collaborate with others outside of their group. The members of Temporary Services are also three of the thirteen keyholders of Mess Hall, an experimental cultural center in Chicago. Two components of their work that have been constant since their inception in 1998 are their love of self-publishing and their commitment to finding diverse placements and audiences for their projects. Temporary Services strives toward aesthetic experiences that are built upon trust and unlimited experimentation.
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3. about Group Work – the book
Printed Matter has published Group Work, Temporary Services’ latest book! It’s an array of interviews and writings about groups – how they form, what they do, and why they work in this manner.
Temporary Services talked to some inspiring and fantastic groups and people for this publication, including General Idea’s AA Bronson, the art group Haha, the Dutch band The Ex, the Vienna-based WochenKlausur, Croatian curatorial collective What, How & for Whom (WHW), Funkadelic artist Pedro Bell, and several members of the Political Art Documentation/Distribution collective.
There are also writings about Jane (the underground abortion counseling service of the Chicago Women’s Liberation Union in the 1960s) and The Diggers. A list of words used to describe groups and a working list of hundreds of groups from the last four decades is also included.
The cover is itself a group work! Esteban Garcia and Nick Martin, who Temporary Services met at a workshop at Purdue University, formed a new collaboration in order to create the amazing cover art – a constellation of crystals, black, gray, and hot pink.
Printed Matter is selling the book both at their store and at
www.printedmatter.org.
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4. about Group Work – the exhibition
Exhibition opening and book release at Printed Matter Friday
When: Reception Friday, March 30, 5-7 pm.
Exhibition on view until May 3.
Where: Printed Matter
Address: 195 Tenth Ave (at 22nd Street), NYC
Phone: 212 925 0325
Web: www.printedmatter.org
Printed Matter is hosting an exhibition by Temporary Services in conjunction with the release of Group Work. Group Work is the latest book in Printed Matter’s Emerging Artist Publication Series.
In the Printed Matter storefront, Temporary Services is presenting Aesthetic Analysis of Human Groupings, a display of many of the words that can be used to describe human groupings, as well as hundreds of photos of groups. Some of their other booklets will be on display in booklet pods, as well as a display of other books and ephemera by and about groups from Printed Matter’s vast inventory. In the window, an array of booklets will be hung from string for anybody to stop in and read.
Printed Matter, Inc. is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1976 by artists and art workers with the mission to foster the appreciation, dissemination, and understanding of artists’ books and other artists’ publications. Thanks to AA Bronson and everyone at Printed Matter for all of their efforts and expertise!
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5. about Alan Moore
Alan Moore is an art historian. His essay in the new book “Collectivism after Modernism: The Art of Social Imagination after 1945,” edited by Blake Stimson and Gregory Sholette, is about artists’ groups in New York.
More info on the book:
Blake Stimson and Gregory Sholette, editors,
Collectivism after Modernism: The Art of Social Imagination after 1945
University of Minnesota Press 2007
Multiple essays analyze collective artistic practice from the Cold War to the global present.

http://www.upress.umn.edu/Books/S/stimson_collectivism.html

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6. links
www.temporaryservices.org
www.groupsandspaces.net
www.messhall.org
www.brickhaus.com/amoore

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