Dave Eggers Curates at Apex Art

by Art Fag City on April 3, 2008 · 16 comments Events

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Outside ApexArt, Photo: AFC

Call me the Art Bitch, but the likelihood of getting a polite response to a stupid question isn’t all that high after I’ve been waiting in the cold for half an hour. Such was the case yesterday evening while I stood outside Apex Art in the hopes of viewing “Lots of Things Like This”, an exhibition curated by Mr. McSweeney himself, Dave Eggers. “What’s going on?” asked one casual observer, to which someone replied, “It’s a Dave Eggers exhibition”, as though he was the artist, not the curator. “Oh, is it a club?” the guy continued, unfortunately prompting the kind of response that only fuels the thought that the art world is full of snots, “No!” I said haughtily, “It’s a not for profit gallery space”. Undoubtedly piercing the beer thought bubble above his head, he got the picture and walked off.

In case you’re wondering, my patience for waiting in lines exhausted itself almost immediately after that, so I never saw the show. However, shortly before that decision was made, I witnessed about five million camera flashes go off at the corner of Church and 6th ave. I assume it was either Mayor Bloomberg or Mr. Eggers, though at that point I didn’t care enough to check it out.

  • Eric

    You showed that confused stranger!

  • Eric

    You showed that confused stranger!

  • Eric

    You showed that confused stranger!

  • Eric

    You showed that confused stranger!

  • Eric

    You showed that confused stranger!

  • Eric

    You showed that confused stranger!

  • jules

    i thought i was in line for a veggie sub with extra pickles.

  • jules

    i thought i was in line for a veggie sub with extra pickles.

  • jules

    i thought i was in line for a veggie sub with extra pickles.

  • jules

    i thought i was in line for a veggie sub with extra pickles.

  • http://hplovecraftismypaperboy.blogspot.com/ cm evans

    Hey, I’m sorry to hear you didn’t get in on opening night. The apexart gallery is a small space, and it was packed, we couldn’t let everybody in & had to rotate people out so other people could come in. I know how frustrating it is to have to stand outside and not get in, or wait a long time. but I hope you go back and check out the show, there’s a wide variety of work, all of it funny and engaging — I’m biased that way, I’m in the show. Take care!

  • http://hplovecraftismypaperboy.blogspot.com/ cm evans

    Hey, I’m sorry to hear you didn’t get in on opening night. The apexart gallery is a small space, and it was packed, we couldn’t let everybody in & had to rotate people out so other people could come in. I know how frustrating it is to have to stand outside and not get in, or wait a long time. but I hope you go back and check out the show, there’s a wide variety of work, all of it funny and engaging — I’m biased that way, I’m in the show. Take care!

  • http://hplovecraftismypaperboy.blogspot.com/ cm evans

    Hey, I’m sorry to hear you didn’t get in on opening night. The apexart gallery is a small space, and it was packed, we couldn’t let everybody in & had to rotate people out so other people could come in. I know how frustrating it is to have to stand outside and not get in, or wait a long time. but I hope you go back and check out the show, there’s a wide variety of work, all of it funny and engaging — I’m biased that way, I’m in the show. Take care!

  • http://www.thistoowillpass.org/bradydale/wordpress BradyDale

    Eggers drives me insane. I read his curator’s statement. Thanks for highlighting this. I don’t know what to think. I’m so anti-Eggers that I don’t know if I can even trust myself to assess it correctly. Of course, I should see the show, but I don’t live there.

    It’s just… why did he have to go on and on so? And provide discussion questions?

    On the other hand… I love that stuff from almost anyone else. I just don’t trust Eggers not to have some horribly precious agenda.

    And why does he get to curate a show, anyway? What, fame is qualification enough? I almost wish I could have seen his materials without his name attached, but his name is the main thing he brings to the table for Apex, so that’s impossible.

  • http://www.thistoowillpass.org/bradydale/wordpress BradyDale

    Eggers drives me insane. I read his curator’s statement. Thanks for highlighting this. I don’t know what to think. I’m so anti-Eggers that I don’t know if I can even trust myself to assess it correctly. Of course, I should see the show, but I don’t live there.

    It’s just… why did he have to go on and on so? And provide discussion questions?

    On the other hand… I love that stuff from almost anyone else. I just don’t trust Eggers not to have some horribly precious agenda.

    And why does he get to curate a show, anyway? What, fame is qualification enough? I almost wish I could have seen his materials without his name attached, but his name is the main thing he brings to the table for Apex, so that’s impossible.

  • http://www.thistoowillpass.org/bradydale/wordpress BradyDale

    Eggers drives me insane. I read his curator’s statement. Thanks for highlighting this. I don’t know what to think. I’m so anti-Eggers that I don’t know if I can even trust myself to assess it correctly. Of course, I should see the show, but I don’t live there.

    It’s just… why did he have to go on and on so? And provide discussion questions?

    On the other hand… I love that stuff from almost anyone else. I just don’t trust Eggers not to have some horribly precious agenda.

    And why does he get to curate a show, anyway? What, fame is qualification enough? I almost wish I could have seen his materials without his name attached, but his name is the main thing he brings to the table for Apex, so that’s impossible.

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