The Bruce High Quality Foundation’s Brucennial has excited and divided the art world for the past 10 years. On the occasion of the fifth and final Brucennial, and inspired by the open classrooms of the Bruce High Quality Foundation University, we offer you a teacher-student discussion guide to the exhibition.
Brooklyn’s beloved Bruce High Quality Foundation (BHQF) is having a retrospective at the Brooklyn Museum. This is an insider show from a group that tries very hard to appear like outsiders while being completely fluent in artspeak, which is increasingly being known as International Art English.
Lately there has been a rising trend of artist-run schools and programs popping up throughout the country: Trade School, the School for Creative Activism, the Bruce High Quality Foundation University, and New York Arts Practicum, to name just a few in New York. While this is not an entirely new phenomenon, perhaps the current manifestation is a response to exponentially rising tuition prices as well as stagnant employment opportunities for people (such as myself) who have already spent a great deal on their education thus far. Discontent with the current art school model also seems to be an increasingly common attitude among students and faculty alike.
Sandy can’t stop the election! If you haven’t voted yet, you still have a few hours left before the deadline hits, and then it’ll be time for the next democratic sport — waiting for the results. Here are a few ways to experience the returns in an art-friendly way.
Since it’s founding in 2001, The Bruce High Quality Foundation has been using performance and pranks to critique the art world. The collective prides itself on “developing amateur solutions to professional challenges.” I’ve admired their irony, even envied their sense of anarchy.
With “sensitive to art and its discontents” written into the blogazine’s sub-header, Hyperallergic is no strange to contemporary art controversy, but we decided to ask 11 New York-based artists, critics and curators what they considers the most important and urgent controversy in visual art at the moment.
Organized in collaboration with Paterson Arts Council, Lambert’s Escape From New York exhibition includes work by 43 top contemporary New York artists. The artists include such 2010 Whitney Biennial talents as Bruce High Quality Foundation and Kate Gilmore, but there are some emerging and even some relatively unknown names in the mix that are sure to surprise even the most art worn observer.
This year’s Whitney Biennial may be my favorite in memory. I’ve been thinking about it for over two months now and will publish my review here next week but until then I wanted to post some photos that I snapped during the press preview back in February.
Five minutes. That’s how long it took me to figure out that I needed not only to review the Brucennial, but that I needed to review all of it. Piece by piece by piece. I owed it to them, some kind of return gesture. I didn’t keep count. I just kept moving. Somebody else can clean up the mess. As John and Exene sang, “The world’s a mess. It’s in my kiss.” But you know what? It’s in yours’ too. So, yes, Bruces. That was my tongue down your collective throat. And now my mouth tastes like cigarettes. Thank you.