And now, we're in the after-vacation period: laundry, catching up on bills, emails, house cleaning, grocery shopping, getting back to our regular diet and sleep schedule, etc. For me, this return to and resettling of home also means tidying up the work space and going through the piles of accumulated stuff clogging my work area.
One thing I found while neatening and filing was the exhibition poster for the show Meanwhile, in Baghdad. . ., which was on view at the Renaissance Society for much of November and December of last year. I liked the show very much, but didn't have any time to write about it. Now I can at least direct visitors to this exhibition essay by Hamza Walker. It is a fine piece of writing, especially the first part, comparing Norman Morrison and Malachi Ritscher's respective acts of self-immolation. A highlight of the show was Ann Messner's free giveaway publication The Disasters of War, which deserves a larger audience than just gallery goers. This was the second edition; the first was published as part of a show at the Zilkha Gallery of Wesleyan University in 2005. I hope we see a third edition of the project someday.