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Southern California Attitudes, 1972 and Four Women

Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA)

HASKELL: I’d like you to give a real big Pasadena welcome to a genuinely witty guy whom we haven’t seen for a while, but who always has a surprise or two for us ladies and gentlemen, a real pro, John Baldessari.

JOHN: Thank you Barbara, real happy to be here.

HASKELL: Always a pleasure. I understand you’ve got something a little new for us this time.

JOHN: That’s right, Barbara. I thought it would be a good idea, since I knew everybody else would be doing deadly serious stuff—you know, “Art”—to just, well, sorta stand up there and tell it like it is. I call it “Ten Fables.”

HASKELL: Sounds marvelous. Ladies and gentlemen, John Baldessari and his “Ten Fables.” (John performs piece.)

HASKELL: Great, just great. A fine, original piece of material. (Turns to audience) But, moving right along, I’d like you to meet a newcomer to the Pasadena scene.

In an apocryphal joke, a Cockney woman says, apropos

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