Saturday, January 12, 2013

FLASHBACK: Annual Interest at Young at Art Museum

I went to Annual Interest, the group exhibition/fundraiser, at Young at Art Museum last night and brought back a few pics.

We pulled into Young at Art and encountered a giant "I Love You" on the way to the massive parking lot, which was nearly full.

The museum was as crowded as one might expect from seeing the parking lot. It's sort of felt like a maze, and everywhere you turn people are chatting, sampling food such as Knucklehead Burgers, pasta and frozen bananas, and drinking beer from teensy weensy shot glass-sized mugs.

And what goes better with teensy mugs of beer than tiny little cupcakes? Not that I had any, I picked the wrong day to have a big fat lunch.

I was thrilled to see that Martin Casuso's "Steer on Stilts," made from thrift store afghans, was given such a wondrous presentation.  I like to imagine that steer eavesdropping on all the people passing through the corridor, saving up all those little stories inside his afghans.

Wandering off the path of the crowds at this fundraiser has a payoff ... You'll encounter secret rooms such as this one, a wall of Etch-a-Sketches or a Mad Hatter's Tea Party which turned out to be the perfect quiet spot for listening to Tina La Porta's audio installation "Chasing Rabbits"   as it was broadcast over the PA system of the museum.

Not so quiet was the museum's Knight Gallery, where people were crammed in like sardines as they tried to get closer to the local art works in the group exhibition No. 1 and the raffle area. Here's how the raffle worked: A small wall contained printed-out pics of the works (many of which you can see up high on that back wall). When a ticket is drawn, a sticker bearing the name of the ticketholder was stuck onto the picture representing the work of their choice.
It looked sort of like this. Well, exactly like this but with better lighting.

No. 1, the group exhibition, featured mixed-media sculptures by Pepe Mar.

Pablo Cano's "Ladies in White," one of the works being raffled, was nicely displayed in a glass case.

Tina La Porta's "Racing Thoughts, No. 3" was among the works raffled. As she put it in a tweet: "Once I crossed that threshold to the point of obsession I started crushing pills into bits and pieces."

Artists Leah Brown and Peter Symons collaborated on this work. Look closely at the projections.

While Annual Interest, the food-drink-and-raffle event, is over, all of the art (including the raffled works) from the group exhibition No. 1, will remain on exhibit through Feb. 7. Regular museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $13, $12 for children and seniors. For more information, call 954-424-0085 or visit

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1 comment:

  1. The whole event was wonderfully well organized and although there were tons of people there it never seemed too crowded except during the raffle. What a great space and asset for our community!

    Much thanks to the Shrago's for their years of devotion to bringing this incredible museum to fruition. Loved all of the activities!