Destroy All Monsters Survey Opens at White Flag Projects This Weekend
Music, of course, is part of the exhibit, according to White Flags director Matthew Strauss.
A new DAM album, Double Sextet (recorded in 1975 but released to the general public only now) is available, as is the 3-CD collection Destroy All Monsters 1974-1976, which Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and NYC critic/author Byron Coley originally released in 1995 on Moore's label, Ecstatic Peace.
Strauss first heard about Hungry for Death earlier this year, when it was on display at the New York art space Printed Matter. He says that's also "where the conversation started about bringing it to St. Louis.
"I don't think that a lot of people get that White Flag's mission isn't to champion a particular aesthetic or view of contemporary art, but to identify different things that seem relevant to what's going on in the larger discourse and that are at the same time never going to get to St. Louis any other way," Strauss says.
"When you think about how influential DAM has been to so much art rock, and performance art in general, and then you have a chance to get that here, it's not something that I had to think too hard about," he continues. "'Music people' I think are into it, but honestly I've been a little surprised at how many 'art people' that I've told about this have no idea who I'm talking about -- [and] DAM were in the Whitney Biennial just a few times ago -- but hopefully the people that know about DAM will fill in the people that don't. It's going to be very cool either way."
Hungry for Death's opening is Saturday, September 19, from 7 to 10 p.m. A conversation with curators James Hoff and Cary Loren is set for Sunday, September 20, at 2 p.m. The exhibit runs through October 24.