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Be a Patron and Help Fund the Restaging of Eleanor Antin’s 1979 Performance Before the Revolution at the Hammer Museum January 29, 2012

LA><ART has just released Which way to the Revolution?, a limited edition of 10 archival prints printed on cotton rag paper by Eleanor Antin. Proceeds from this edition will help fund the restaging of her 1979 performance Before the Revolution in which Antin originally played all 12 roles herself with a cast of painted, life-size puppets. The restaging of this early postmodern work will take place on January 29, 2012, the final day and night of the 11-day Performance and Public Art Festival, at the Hammer Museum, and this time—some 30 years later—Antin will perform with liveactors who will interact with her puppets to recreate the menagerie of kings, ballerinas, maids, madmen, lambs, and revolutionaries as they search for the unattainable: Liberty, Equality, and Progressdreams promised by a generous but naïve modernism. The festival is an initiative of the Getty and LA><ART as part of Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980.

Which way to the Revolution? features three of Antin’s revolutionary soldiers that were first individually drawn with ink and watercolor in 1979. She has now combined the soldiers, who are looking to save the world, to highlight the Chaplin-esque comedy of their quest. Antin says: “The world hasn’t gotten much better since 1979 or, for that matter, since 1789. But the childlike heroes continue to search in all directions for their just war while the cynic laughs. ‘Hey you jerks, try the next block. And the next. And the next. You’ll never find what you’re looking for. The world sucks. Lets have a cappuccino’.”

Purchase Antin’s print here.

by Alexis M. Johnson

Also see Amir Nikravan’s Edition for Workspace.