Alibi V.19 No.5 • Feb 4-10, 2010 

Culture Shock

Heart Attack

Though the official holiday is still a bit down the road, there's no denying that Valentine's Day is in the air. Retailers have broken out their sign-holding cupids, romantics are making reservations and the cynical are busy thinking about the perfect counterpoint to V-Day's saccharine saturation (my fave activity is watching a Leprechaun marathon and eating vegetarian pigs in a blanket while wearing sackcloth). But Valentine's Day also provides us with a perfect opportunity to demonstrate a larger kind of love for all humans. OK, most humans; let's not get carried away.

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“Noire et blanche,” Man Ray, 1926 ©2010 Man Ray Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

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Understanding Genius

Man Ray, African Art and the Modernist Lens

Regarded as one of the 20th century's most important and mind-bendingly influential artists, Man Ray was a painter, avant-garde photographer, sculptor and pal of Salvador Dalí. An exhibit of his work, Man Ray, African Art and the Modernist Lens, makes its only stop west of the Potomac River here in Albuquerque at the UNM Art Museum beginning Feb. 5.

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“Bayahibe” by Joan Weissman

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The Art/Design Distinction

Waxing philosophical on 516 ARTS’ Form & Function

There’s a puzzling distinction made between art and design. It seems to be based on the often unstated assumptions that: 1) Artists and designers do different things; 2) both the processes and the outputs of each are inherently different; 3) beauty of form and utility of function cannot exist equally in a single object, which means that one must always eclipse the other (so when beauty is dominant, the object is art, and when utility is dominant, the object is design). But fundamentally, both artists and designers are responsible for an object’s creation; both utility and beauty are equally present in most everything around us—and are mutually reinforcing, at that.

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Book Review

Art That’s With You

Josh MacPhee’s Paper Politics: Socially Engaged Printmaking Today

Paper Politics: Socially Engaged Printmaking Today

There's a sense sometimes that "real" art is far away. It hangs in climate-controlled galleries. It’s expensive. It's created by someone divinely gifted. Real art is timeless in this paradigm, and timeless translates to "not obviously connected to things that happen in your time." It's left to pop culture to converse with what's going on in the world today. Or so the outdated thinking goes.

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Boom Boom Clap

STOMP

The troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments like matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters and hubcaps to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms.
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courtesy of the Tuna and the RockCats Facebook page

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Cats Rock Out With a Cock Out

The Amazing AcroCATS

Check out the only all-cat band in the world, now featuring Cluck Norris, the chicken.
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Gunning for a Good Time

Bonnie and Clyde: A New Musical

An exciting and mischievous new experience on the classice rebel love story.
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