Recycling My Muse

Filed under: Exhibitions — Artflux at 9:47 am on Saturday, April 30, 2005

I received an invitation to an exhibit of photography and painting titled “Recycling My Muse” by John Kelly at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. It is to take place May 2-20, 2005 with an Artist’s Talk Monday May 2 at 4pm. I will not be able to attend the talk but hope to make it to see the exhibit. I’ve known John since the early 80’s when I met him though a mutual friend William Schwedler, a painter who was one of the first people I knew that died of AIDS in 1982.

The photograph I made of John in the early 90’s is hanging here in the studio. There was a time when I would run into him on his bike or walking down a street. More recently invitations to my exhibitions have been returned saying “No Longer at This Address.” I assume that he has moved elsewhere. I guess I should try sending an email to catch up.

The performances that John Kelly created and performed began in night clubs like the Pyramid Club on Avenue A in the East Village, Danceteria, and other venues that were vibrant places that artists hung out at during the early 80’s. His tribute to William Schwedler at the Pyramid including the large portrait he made of Schwedler is still etched clearly in my mind.

John attended a house warming that I held at the studio in 1997 for Geoffrey Kyle who was the guy that I shared my loft with for several years. He brought along Cynthia O’Neal Founder and director of Friends in Deed. Jimmy James and John Bartlett were also here that night. It was a great party. I did take some snap shots of the party that I have not printed.

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