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? 

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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


Mar 27

Urban Development: From Reconstruction to Gentrification

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

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Mar 28

Catfishing: The Artist as Trickster in Factual Fictions

Taught by Ted Barrow
7:30 p.m. at Blender Workspace

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Mar 29

Self-Love or Narcissism?

Taught by Skye Cleary
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

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Mar 30

Scenius Summit 2019: Apiary Book Launch

Taught by No Professor Weekend
noon at OlioHouse | Wassaic, NY

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Apr 5

OlioMuse | Beethoven's Minor Mood

Taught by Gil Harel
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

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Apr 7

Olio Breakfast Club | Death & Bagels on a Sunday Morning

Taught by Jeanne Proust
10:30 a.m. at North 3rd St. Market - Williamsburg

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Apr 9

Madame(s) X: Muses, Makers, & Shifting Identities

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

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Apr 13

OlioHouse | Music & The Feast for Senses

Taught by Whitney George
noon at OlioHouse | Wassaic, NY

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Apr 23

The Death of Art, The Rise of Image

Taught by Vishwa Adluri
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

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Apr 27

OlioHouse | Found Poetry: Composting Words

Taught by Heather O'Neill
noon at OlioHouse | Wassaic, NY

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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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