An Exhibition in Two Acts. The exhibition includes: a sculpture by Duane Hanson, a replica of a hotel bar and several protagonists that will appear weekly throughout July and August evenings in the hotel bar.
Then there’s the story of Wee Willy, the gangster.
Goofy wants to be a children’s nurse so he borrows some clothes from his Aunt Anna, a red-and-white checked calico dress and a big hat. And he tries his luck as a kindergarten teacher, not very successfully though, because the kids all say they’ve never seen such a queer old doll. Goofy gets beaten up by the kids and flings his gear in the trashcan.
At that moment, an escaped convict comes by, Wee Willy, the gangster. He’s no bigger than a 3-year-old girl. He finds Goofy’s gear in the trashcan and puts it on.
On his way home, Goofy bumps into Wee Willy wearing Aunt Anna’s dress. “Poor little homeless mite,” Goofy thinks and takes the little girl home. He dishes up pheasant and partridges and a whole goose, and Wee Willy stuffs himself full. Goofy’s pretty surprised at the little girl’s appetite. But he’s mighty pleased, too and thumps his fists on the table. Wee Willy behaves terribly, but at last Goofy finds joy looking after a child.
During the night the house is surrounded by gangsters. No, not by gangsters, by police. They storm the house and find Wee Willy. They recognize him, despite the gear he’s wearing. Goofy’s amazed and asks what they want of a poor little girl. “This is terrible! What has she done? Poor little orphan!” The police inform him that it’s Wee Willy, a wanted criminal. And as the police carry Willy out, explosive as a hand grenade, Goofy says: “Must have been a shock for the poor little girl to find out she’s a crook.”
– Opening monologue in Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Beware of a Holy Whore, 1971, spoken by Werner Schroeter
The exhibition includes: a sculpture by Duane Hanson, a replica of a hotel bar and several protagonists that will appear weekly throughout July and August evenings in the hotel bar.
On these occasions Cuba Libre will be served.
An American Family presented by Stuart Comer
Calla Henkel, Matthew Lutz-Kinoy, and Max Pitegoff
Ken Okiishi and Nick Mauss
Programs Calendar (more dates to be added):
Saturday, June 29, 6 - 8pm – Opening, No Bra
Sunday, June 30, 9pm – Behave Like an Audience, Concert
Friday, July 12 – Loretta Fahrenholz
Wednesday, July 17 – Matthew Lutz-Kinoy, Max Pitegoff, & Calla Henkel
Saturday, July 20 – Stewart Uoo
Thursday, July 25 & Friday, July 26 – Marie Karlberg
Friday, August 2 – Stuart Comer presents An American Family
Thursday, August 15 – Peter Wachtler
This exhibition is supported by the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and The Friends of Artists Space.
Artists Space likes to thank the Estate of Duane Hanson, and Van de Weghe Fine Art, New York; the Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation; Mount Gay Rum.
two venues at 38 Greene Street 3rd Floor and 55 Walker Street New York NY, 10013
Wednesday – Sunday: noon – 6pm
Monday and Tuesday closed