For those who happen to be in Texas for SXSW, there’s an unusual performance taking place at the former home of the Austin Museum of Art at 823 Congress Avenue. Its title, “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place,” comes from an Ernest Hemingway story that stressed the importance of nurturing intellectual conversation in public spaces, and was also the name of art critic Dave Hickey‘s short-lived gallery in Austin. So, in the spirit of public discourse, from 6pm to midnight tonight and tomorrow, a group of critics, historians, collectors, and dealers have been invited to read aloud a text of their choice, some of which include pieces by Hickey and Hemingway, but also more offbeat selections, such as the Andy Warhol Foundation‘s amicus brief in the Patrick Cariou v. Richard Prince copyright case.
The Texas Biennial, which is staging its fifth edition this September 5 to November 9, sponsored the event and its curator at large, Virginia Rutledge, co-wrote the Warhol Foundation brief that will be read tonight by attorney Amy Goldrich and Rutgers photography professor Nick Kline.
The event is free and open to the public at 823 Congress Avenue. For those outside of Texas, a livestreamed version is available on the Texas Biennial’s website.
— Rachel Corbett
(Photo: 823 Congress Avenue, Austin, Tex.)