The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Friday, November 16, 2018


Don't Trust Anyone Over Thirty by Dan Graham


MIAMI, FLORIDA.-«Don’t Trust Anyone Over Thirty,» a 60-minute live puppet rock opera, makes its world premiere during the international art show Art Basel Miami Beach (December 2–5, 2004). Devised by the conceptual artist Dan Graham, «Don’t Trust Anyone Over Thirty» features video by artists Tony Oursler and Paul McCarthy, songs written and performed by Rodney Graham and Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore, and music performed live by the «Japanther» band. Master puppeteer Philip Huber has designed and constructed the puppets adapted from puppet drawings by Marie Paule McDonald. The live concerts will take place on December 1 from 8 to 9 p.m. (by invitation only) and daily from December 2 through 5 from 5 to 6 p.m. for the general public at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden.

«Don’t Trust Anyone Over Thirty» charts the career of 24-year-old rock singer Neil Sky, who is elected President of the United States after instigating teenage riots to change the voting age to fourteen and putting LSD in the Congressional drinking water. But once President Sky retires the over-thirties population to LSD re-education camps, he faces his own unique demise. The opera’s tragi-comic narrative is the reductio ad absurdum of the hippies «general politics» as characterized by the 1960s youth slogan: «Don’t trust anyone over thirty.»

Devised by the conceptual artist Dan Graham, «Don’t Trust Anyone Over Thirty» features video by artists Tony Oursler and Paul McCarthy, songs written and performed by Rodney Graham and Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore, and music performed live by «Japanther.» Philip Huber, the master puppeteer of the film «Being John Malkovich,» has designed and constructed the puppets adapted from puppet drawings by the artist Marie Paule McDonald.

Envisioned as a satiric history of the hippy generation and the end of the psychedelic era, «Don’t Trust Anyone Over Thirty» is a narrative comprising a «schizophrenic» overlapping of textures, counterpoints, slogans, and clichés. The resulting overlay of opera, puppet theater, and video media is formulated as a sequence of «extensions,» a notion that Dan Graham has utilized to great effect throughout his body of work.

Continually splicing disparate media together (opera and rock, the proscenium and the television screen, the 1960s and the 2000s, real people and puppets, the living experience and the final book), «Don’t Trust Anyone Over Thirty» deliberately separates the visual and dramatic elements, underlining how the narrative components overlap, while making the objects and subjects of time and culture interchangeable for both art and the audience. The effect is one of bitter reflection: we witness both our own shallow seduction by the cult of youth and the fascist tendencies that can overwhelm even the most idealistic movement if left unchecked.

«Don’t Trust Anyone Over Thirty» was commissioned by TRANS> and is produced by Sandra Antelo-Suarez. The co-producers are Foundation 2021, New York, and Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna / Wiener Festwochen. Additional funding for this project is provided by Art Basel Miami Beach, Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz, The Rubell Hotels, and Avant Garde Multimedia.

«Don’t Trust Anyone Over Thirty» makes its world premiere during Art Basel Miami Beach on December 1 from 8 to 9 p.m. (by invitation only) and daily from December 2 through 5 between 5 to 6 p.m. for the general public at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Drive, next to the Miami Beach Convention Center. Tickets for «Don’t Trust Anyone Over Thirty» must be reserved, as only limited seating is available.





Today's News

November 23, 2004

Christo Announces The Gates, Central Park, New York

Splendors of China's Forbidden City in Dallas

Salvador Dali and Federico Garcia Lorca Friendship

Important Canadian Art Inspires Strong Prices

Renovated Milan's La Scala Opera House To Open

Beauford Delaney From New York to Paris

The Museum of New Art Presents thenextbigthing

Swiss Institute Presents None of the Above

Prominent Welsh Art Collector Honoured

Yale Center for British Art Announces Two Appointments

Don't Trust Anyone Over Thirty by Dan Graham

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- TEFAF New York Fall 2018 opens to strong attendance and robust sales

2.- Michael Jackson's Bad jacket, Dylan's Fender Telecaster, U2's iconic guitars lead to Julien's Auctions sale

3.- 'Have you news of my boy?': Kipling's vain search for lost son

4.- Tate Britain opens the largest Edward Burne-Jones retrospective to be held in the UK

5.- Bartolomé Bermejo's visual universe shown in all its splendor for the very first time

6.- Thomas P. Campbell to lead the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

7.- Canadian doctors to start prescribing museum visits

8.- Exhibition in Leuven brings to life the grandiose world of the noble Arenberg family

9.- Walking Batman strolls across the auction block for a record $16,800 at Milestone's Premier Toy Auction

10.- Skeletons unearthed in giant United Kingdom train line excavation

Related Stories



Important Judaica and Israeli & international art bring a combined $7.9 million at Sotheby's New York

Tunisia to auction ousted despot's treasures

Andy Warhol's Mao portraits excluded from the Beijing and Shanghai shows next year

China criticises French Qing dynasty seal auction

Christie's announces auction marking the first half century of the popular and luxurious interiors shop Guinevere

Nine new exhibits debut at San Diego International Airport

Rembrandt masterpiece "Portrait of Catrina Hooghsaet" back on display at National Museum Cardiff

Amber: 40-million-year-old fossilised tree resin is Baltic gold

Egyptian artist Iman Issa wins the Ist FHN Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona Award

The main chapel of the Basilica of Santa Croce open for visits after five year restoration



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, .

 
Check out Casinostoplay.com for a range of beautifully designed online slot games.

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


Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org avemariasound.org juncodelavega.com facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

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