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White Columns Annual

White Columns

For the opening only, a video made in conjunction with this past summer’s exhibition “Mirror Me” at Dispatch in New York’s Chinatown was the lodestar of the fourth iteration of “Looking Back: The White Columns Annual,” curated by James Hoff and Miriam Katzeff of the publishing collective Primary Information. The fugacious video, which selectively documented a night of performances organized by Kai Althoff and Brandon Stosuy on July 30, 2009, offered a compact metaphor for the analeptic angle that constitutes the exhibition’s premise: Works for the annual are chosen by guest curators based on their own experiences of “looking at art in New York in the previous year.”

That summer’s evening had been a mess: a tangential, abstruse concatenation of macho and masochistic events (a live concert by Liturgy, pee drinking, a tattooing session) taking place inside the gallery’s claustrophobic confines.

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