OlioNote Release Party // Death, Paint By Numbers, & Plato's Cave


THE HISTORY OF DEATH IN AMERICA — by Jamie Warren

Despite the vast array of different cultural practices and beliefs surrounding death, at least one thing stands out as universal among all known societies and perhaps throughout all of human history: no society has ever regarded the dead body as meaningless material. We all, it seems, have a deep need to tend to our dead. Yet, precisely because of this shared ubiquitous value, the dead body has served as a site of power, oppression, and resistance.

CEZANNES of SUBURBIA:  The Midcentury Craze for Paint by Number — by Amanda Hallay

In the American 1950s, the birth of Abstract Expressionism coupled with a craze for a fantasy Rive Gauche (cue: artists in berets creating avant-garde masterpieces on the banks of The Seine) saw a genuine belief that we all had an ‘artist within’ who was dying to get out! Sadly the ‘artist within’ most of us wasn’t very talented, but help was on hand. Tapping into this almost pathological desire to create art (and his own need to get rid of surplice paint), engineer and paint manufacture Max S. Klein teamed up with commercial artist Dan Robbins and launched ‘Paint by Number’, each kit containing a canvas covered in light blue numbered shapes, each number corresponding to a tiny, plastic tub of paint. Paintbrush included!  Promising to “Bring out the Rembrandt” in everyone, Paint by Number was a genuine cultural phenomenon, the resulting ‘masterpieces’ both hilarious and poignant, telling as they do the cultural story of Midcentury America.

THE PEOPLE VS OSCAR WILDE: Aestheticism, Popular Culture, Evil — by Geoff Klock

Oscar Wilde popularized the idea that Beauty, rather than Truth or Goodness, should be the aim of art -- and by extension pop culture. It was an idea that gave us stunning paintings that are just splashes of color and movies that are pure roller coasters. But did removing accuracy and moral aims from art lead us into our current predicament where we blame stories for preaching violence, patriarchy, racism and sexism? 

Space is limited.




Location: Terminus Recording

Terminus has a rich history, having hosted an array of major and independent artists over several decades. Some past highlights have included, Paul McCartney, Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey, John Legend, Fabulous, A.R. Rhaman, Boys Like Girls and recently, Andre Previn, David Fink, Phillip Glass collaborators Kurt Munkacsi and David Lee, Liza Minnelli and Michael Feinstein.




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Other upcoming Olios


Jan 24

Living Room Salon | Tough Poetry in Dark Times

Taught by Geoff Klock
7:30 p.m. at Living Room

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Jan 31

The Dangerous Pleasure of Art

Taught by Geoff Klock
7:30 p.m. at Blender Workspace

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Feb 1

Feb 2

OlioHouse | Our Stories, Our Bodies: Rape Culture in American History

Taught by Jamie Warren
noon at OlioHouse | Wassaic, NY

Sign Up - $150

Feb 6

Olio Seminar | Space, Time, & Work: Understanding Labor

Taught by Lauren Hudson
7:30 p.m. at Berg'n

Sign Up - $75

Feb 9

OlioHouse | The Love Symposium

Taught by Skye Cleary
noon at OlioHouse | Wassaic, NY

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Feb 15

A Good Friend is Hard to Find: Philosophy and Friendship

Taught by Jeanne Proust
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

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Feb 21

Living Room Salon | Music and Environmentalism

Taught by Kristy Barbacane
7 p.m. at Living Room

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Feb 22

The Circular Road: Art and the Religious Imagination

Taught by Michael Prettyman
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

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Feb 25

What Would Buffy Do? Radical Feminism and the Slayer

Taught by Jamie Warren
7:30 p.m. at Neuehouse Madison Sq.

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Feb 28

Into the Mystic: Music & the Moving Image

Taught by Whitney George
7:30 p.m. at Blender Workspace

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May 17

Rethinking Refugee Trauma and Mental Health

Taught by Kim Nguyen
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

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May 29

Composing Beauty: Mapplethorpe’s Quest for Perfection

Taught by Jeanne Proust
7 p.m. at BAM Fisher

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