Minimal/Manimal: The 4th Volunteer Biennale

They say that you must suffer for your art, but what about other people's art? For every tortured artist there are a handful of people logistically tortured, including the curator who puts together the show, selecting artists and ensuring the art is hung or installed the best way possible. There are art administrators who help publicize, organize, and even sometimes budget a show (art and math—what a spectacular skill set!). There're the interns, who may be hopeful that someday their art will hang from the very walls they toil over. And, of course, there are the volunteers, those who work hard in hopes that someday they, too, will have a career in art. The Soap Factory has over 100 volunteers who help install art shows, ensure that events run smoothly, and keep the organization on its feet. This month, 40 volunteers will exhibit a wide variety of works—primal, growling animals with glowing eyes, paintings celebrating the Madonna and Child, and even modern charcoal cityscapes (with a hot air balloon thrown in for good measure). The exhibit opens this Saturday with a party from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Be sure to check out the closing party as well; Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lappelles, Tender Meat, and Alpha Centauri are slated to play from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, November 29.
Nov. 15-30, 2008

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