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Jun 11, 2013

Art: let's try to read and talk about it

Posted by Anne Tschida

Jillian Mayer “Precipice/Post Modem" at Locust Projects.

Summertime has always been about reading. When life slows down and vacation times come around – and down here in South Florida the heat is on, time to stay in and pick up a book. A real book, maybe one about art. In a super cool way to facilitate a community get-together with reading and art, Locust Projects (a Knight Arts grantee) is throwing another of its One Night Stands on Friday.

It will be a night of discussion and collaboration about art books, from Miami-based Bookleggers and Los Angeles’ The Art Book Review.

The first is on a mobile library mission, by “building a community around books,” which entails setting up across the county and giving out books. Visitors gets a free book, and then are encouraged to return and trade more books. They are presenting The Art Book Review project, which hopes people will pick up an art book in exchange for a review of them. Some of the reviews already turned in can be found at

It will be the perfect time to visit the Locust library as well, which now has about 1,500 books, monographs and catalogues.

While partaking in this interactive evening, make sure to catch the interactive, performative, film and video solo from Jillian Mayer, “Precipice/Post Modem.” It’s pretty hard to describe the show without physically attending it, as it involves more than just viewing (it includes swings and a Website, projections and cellphone app). According to Locust, this exhibit “builds on a body of work that began with the experimental short film #PostModem, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013 and was later featured in an independent film retrospective at MoMA in New York.”


One Night Stand with art books will take place on Friday, June 14 from 7-10 p.m. “Precipice/Post Modem” runs through June 19. Both are free and happening at Locust Projects, 3852 N. Miami Ave., Miami;

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