Los Angeles

James Byars

Eugenia Butler Gallery

“Byars at Butler,” a two part performance/environment, was organized by James Byars into two segments, each lasting five days. The first part, “Walling up Jenie,” called for the removal of the gallery name from the building and construction of a wall between the gallery space and Eugenia Butler’s office. The gallery was painted white with the exception of the new wall which Byars ordered painted bright red. Eugenia Butler was not permitted in this space, and had to enter her office by the back door. This first portion of the rite of James Lee Byars might be regarded as a purification to rid the gallery of any commercial taint, and to depress the gallery identification with its ebullient director. After five days the gallery was ready and further modifications were ordered. The skylight was totally covered save for a tiny oculus which let a bit of light into the otherwise dark room, which

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