Two Films by Jaime Davidovich:
Outreach (1978) and Portrait of the Best Artist (1982)
Thursday, August 16, 2012
As the closing reception for Wooster Enterprises, 1976-78, the gallery will screen two films by Jaime Davidovich. Along with Judith Henry, Davidovich was the proprietor of Wooster Enterprises, and the host ofThe Live! Show on Manhattan Cable television’s leased access Channel J from 1979 through 1984.
Outreach: The Changing Role of the Art Museum (1978, 29 min.) is a parody of a museum panel discussion with critic Gregory Battcock playing the moderator. Two of the guests, the Monmouth County Museum of Art’s Director Judith van Baron and Founding Director of the New Museum Marcia Tucker, are in on the joke; the third, Brooklyn Museum Coordinator of Public Programs Gerard LeFrancis, is not, and has, regrettably, been seated behind a tall vase of flowers. The discussion quickly devolves into courteous mayhem.
Portrait of the Best Artist (1982, 5:38 min.) is one episode of Davidovich’s The Live! Show, starring Davidovich’s alter-ego Dr. Videovich as he interviews the “Best Artist” in SoHo, visiting his large-scale mural on West Broadway (which proclaims “I Am the Best Artist”) and the “Best Artist Gallery” on Wooster Street. Several decades after the fact, this proto-Christopher Guest mockumentary incidentally captures a portrait of SoHo as an artists’ colony and the center of New York’s art world at the time.