No Longer Showing.
Don't Trust Anyone Over 30 was originally presented as a live "rock 'n roll" puppet show conceived and written by Dan Graham. The piece was commissioned TRANS>, a non-profit based in NYC and co-produced by TBA-21, Foundation 2021 and HD Art Lab.
Curated by Sandra Antelo-Suarez, the work was staged with the help of the puppet master Phillip Huber, the set designer Laurent Bergen with live music by Japanther, a theme song by Rodney Graham and video projections by Tony Oursler. It was first performed in 2004 at Art Basel in Miami Beach, with additional performances at the Festival of Vienna, Staatsopera Berlin, and at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. For this event The Kitchen will screen a video of the last performance of the work at the Walker Art Center with live commentary by Dan Graham.
"Don't Trust" is a satiric entertainment continuing the artist's cultural analysis of the '60s, which began with Graham's 1981 video "Rock My Religion," a video dealing with the evolution of youth culture during the '50s, '60s, and after. "Don't Trust" is set in the late '60s to early '70s period when the "hippie" tribes moved their "counter culture" to settlements to the bucolic "wilderness" of the countryside. When Neil Sky is voted American president, he moves the White House to Camp David, where he does his press conference in a rustic hut "go-go" cage Camp David vacation-like residence. His first action is to abolish foreign alliances, mandating that all Senators and Congressman be re-located to a "concentration camp," where they are forced to take LSD with their drinking supply. The voting age for both youthful voters and the lowest age qualification to be US President are both lowered to 14.
The work as Graham originally conceived it was meant to be staged as a puppet show, like "The Muppets," for entertainment of former hippie fathers or grandfathers to see as a historical recreation by their children or grandchildren. For the production, Graham has used a sampling of some of his favorite music by Neil Young, The Seeds, Tommy James and the Shondells. The rock group Japanther was commissioned to perform as part of the staging of the original work.
June 2, 7pm
Dan Graham: Don't Trust Anyone Over 30 is made possible with support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and in part by public funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
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