The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Sunday, May 27, 2018

Auto Italia South East to Screen Dan Graham's Rock My Religion
Sonic Youth, Album Cover of Sister (1987) including an image taken from Dan Graham’s Homes for America (1966).

LONDON.- Dan Graham’s artistic practice has been influenced by music from early on and this interest becomes more explicit in the late 1960s through some of his first writings such as Live Kinks, 1969 a review of a concert by the Kinks. During the 70s and 80s, Graham developed close working relationships with composer Glenn Branca and musician and Sonic Youth founder Kim Gordon, who supposedly started her music career by taking part in one of Graham’s performance pieces, which didn’t quite go according to plan and turned into a fully fledged concert. Through “a shift towards the documentary” as described by LA MOCA’s Bennett Simpson who recently curated a Graham retrospective, the 1980s saw the release of two video works by the artist which explicitly deal with the subject of popular music: Minor Threat from 1983 on a concert of the American punk band of the same name and the more complex Rock My Religion (1982-84), developed in discussions with Branca, Gordon and Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore, all of whom contributing to the soundtrack of the work.

In Rock My Religion, Graham traces the history of popular music in America back to the 1950s, linking it with a 19th century Puritan sect, The Shakers. The bodies of the Puritan Shakers, reaching ecstasy in order to ‘overcome’ sexuality and to be closer to God, are juxtaposed with the shaking bodies of America’s pubescent teenagers, escaping their suburban prisons by immersing themselves in the sexually charged adoration of their pop idols – from Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis to Jimmy Hendrix and Jim Morrison. For Graham, a study of popular music is intrinsically linked to an analysis of America’s political and social system constructed on the basis of a belief in the ‘American Dream’, a work ethic based on achievements of individuals and the nucleus of the traditional family. Whereas the Shakers’ aim was to create an equal society achieved through the elimination of sexual desires in the course of communal dancing, popular music allows the creation of a communal experience through the appreciation of individuals’ creative expressions. With Rock My Religion Graham investigates the idea of a relationship between 19th century industrialisation and America’s ‘suburbanisation’ in the 1950s, connecting this work to other pieces which show the artist’s continuous engagement with the semiology of suburban and urban architecture.

Rock My Religion is as much an experimental documentary as it is a theoretical discourse on American culture in the second half of the 20th century, making this work a visual extension of Graham’s writing practice rather than linking it with his works in video art. In contrast to the’ instantaneous presence’ experienced within closed-circuit video installations, Rock My Religion is an attempt to ‘extend time’. Linking the past with the present may be a way of accounting for popular music’s ability to occupy a space between the economy of a commercial industry and the realm of fantasies and desires.

This screening will contextualize Graham’s video-essay with readings of interviews, writings and music in order to expand on the influence of music on Graham’s work and to reflect on the importance of writing as part of his artistic practice.

The screening will take place at
Auto Italia South East
1 Glengall Road
SE15 6NJ
Sun, 7 Feb 2010, 4.30pm

Auto Italia South East | Dan Graham | Rock My Religion |

Today's News

February 1, 2010

Millennium-Old Sarcophagus Could Help Clarify Fall of the Maya Civilization

Original Works and Multiples by Joseph Beuys at Mary Boone Gallery

MACBA in Barcelona Presents 250 Works by Rodney Graham

Exhibition at Tate Liverpool Takes a Journey through the Black Atlantic

Egypt to Soon Announce King Tutankhamun DNA Test Results

Yvon Lambert New York Exhibits Koo Jeong-A Installation

After Success at Frieze, Philipp Goldbach Opens Exhibition at Annely Juda Fine Art

Nassau County Museum of Art Announces Exhibition by Fernando Botero

New Paintings and Oil Barrels by Shiva Ahmadi at Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller

Christian Hellmich Returns to N.Y. for Second Solo Show at Lehmann Maupin

Deals, Shapes and Void by Miguel Ángel Gaüeca at Artium

Rob Ryan and Stephen Walter Show their Views of London at Exposure Gallery

Pinakothek der Moderne to Show Photographic Portraits by Peter Loewy

Nationally Touring Show Explores Japan's Traditional National Dress from Early to Mid 20th Century

Large Scale Photographs by Lalla Essaydi on View at the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum

Ambika P3 Announces Exhibition of New Works by Greco-Italian Artist Jannis Kounellis

Auto Italia South East to Screen Dan Graham's Rock My Religion

First Comprehensive Solo Exhibition by Cologne Artist Bettina Lockemann at Württembergischer Kunstverein

California Lists Moon Junk as Historical Resource

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- New Rembrandt found after being bought at London auction

2.- Exhibition at Fotohof focuses on groups in society who are at risk of marginalisation

3.- John Brennan collection of Rock n Roll memorabilia offered at RR Auction

4.- A Bob Dylan guitar fetches $495,000 at auction

5.- Exhibition in San Francisco focuses on the latter half of René Magritte's career

6.- 'Mad' king Ludwig II of Bavaria lost gift to composer Richard Wagner gets rare show

7.- New Royal Academy of Arts opens in celebration of its 250th anniversary

8.- Researchers uncover Anne Frank's 'dirty jokes'in her diary

9.- New York art sales near $3 billion in two weeks as uber-rich hunt trophies

10.- Berlin's Ethnological Museum returns grave-plundered artefacts to Alaska

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful