Today is my last day at the Getty Research Institute. No more labyrinthine circular marble Richard Meier workspaces that make you think more about flow than work. I’ll miss all my incredibly talented colleagues, but not the 405 freeway.
I’m coming to the end of my graduate internship at the Getty, which has been wonderful, and taught me so much. There are exciting things happening in my life, but since I can’t yet officially announce them, I will share a very silly poem with you.
Dedicated to my friend Owen Duff, whose literary influences are significantly more interesting than this, but who giggled nonetheless.
My mother Kate McSherry lost her battle with Motor Neurone Disease, known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease in the US, one year ago today. She fought with dignity and good humour against a disease which progressively stripped her of her voice, then her ability to eat, walk, write, sit up, and eventually breathe.
Like everyone who knew her, I remember my mother as beautiful, quick to love and deeply generous, even in the middle of her final illness. There is a tribute fund in her name at the Motor Neurone Disease Association, where a donation can be made in her memory.
My review of Cyprien Gaillard’s solo New York show The Crystal World is now live on this is tomorrow. It was my first time visiting PS1, my first James Turrell, and my first Cyprien Gaillard show, and it was a beautiful snowy February day for doing new things. One especially nice thing was that Gaillard’s polaroid mosaics included images of my own home in Northern Ireland, the Bishop’s Gate and Dunluce Castle, among the post-Soviet dystopias and beer cans.
I’m delighted to have my poem Casting Song published in the Spring 2013 edition of Abraxas, an international esoteric journal co-edited by Treadwell’s wonderful Christina Oakley Harrington. Pick up your copy full of stories, songs and scholarship here.
My friend Isabella Streffen made me into art. This is part of a work in progress that had me crawling round on my knees in the Monet Garden in Giverny. She has kindly forgiven me for dropping her iPhone in the lily pond. Click through to Isabella’s work.
I’m currently a Graduate Intern in Publications at the Getty Center in Los Angeles. I’m excited to be working on upcoming exhibition catalogues and with the GRI web team, and to work with such a talented bunch of people!
I recently reviewed the Ed Ruscha retrospective Standard at LACMA, which you can read here. It drew from LACMA’s collection of his work, and as such gave a pretty idiosyncratic overview of his development, at the expense perhaps of reiterating some of his most famous pieces. Plus, I’ve been in Special Collections at the Getty recently pulling up old Ruscha photo books, and it’s great to see them in context here.