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


Jun 19

The (Un)Enlightenment and What it Means to be Modern

Taught by Lev Moscow
7:30 p.m. at Living Room

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Jun 20

Believing is Seeing

Taught by Briana Toole
7:30 p.m. at Berg'n

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Jun 22

OlioHouse | Breaking Bread: An Olio Salon Dinner

Taught by Brian Lewis
2 p.m. at OlioHouse | Wassaic, NY

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Jun 23

Female Power and Desire in Shakespeare after #MeToo

Taught by Christina Katopodis
1 p.m. at Threes Brewing // Greenpoint

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Jun 25

The Artist in an Alternative World

Taught by Ward Regan
7:30 p.m. at Nowadays

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Jun 25

OlioTour | Federal Hall & African Burial Ground

Taught by Jamie Warren
6 p.m. at Federal Hall

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Jun 26

Jun 27

The Long History of Selfie Culture

Taught by Ted Barrow
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

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Jun 29

OlioHouse | Happiness & Hedonism Weekend

Taught by Skye Cleary
2 p.m. at OlioHouse | Wassaic, NY

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Jul 7

Museum Trip | 'The 80s Show' Private Tour

Taught by Charles Riley
2 p.m. at Nassau County Museum of Art

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Jul 13

OlioHouse | The Power of Ego, The Stillness of Spirit

Taught by Michael Haltenberger
2 p.m. at OlioHouse | Wassaic, NY

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Jul 25

Frida's Fragrance: Art, Scent, & Persona

Taught by Jessica Murphy
7:30 p.m. at The William Vale Hotel

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Sep 19

OlioTrip | Cienfuegos, Cuba

Taught by Teresita Levy
10 a.m. at Cienfuegos, Cuba

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