Smell the Glove: A Spinal Tap Tribute


To every rock 'n' roller who dreamed that your amps would go to 11, this is the art show for you. CO Exhibitions will be hosting an exhibit dedicated to the 1984 mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap, referencing their infamous album cover Smell the Glove. The album jacket, described by Bobbi Flekman (Fran Drescher), featured a naked woman on all fours with a leash around her neck, a man's arm holding the leash and a black glove for her to smell. Ultimately, the cover was never seen, and was instead replaced with a completely black case. When asked how much more black it could be, Nigel Tufenl (Christopher Guest) responded, "The answer is none. None more black." Michael Gaughan, a Minneapolis-based artist, has set out to right the injustice of Spinal Tap's censored album cover. The show has brought together nearly 30 artists on the guideline that they must make an album cover for Smell the Glove as it was described in the film. The result is a variety of different artworks, from paintings and drawings to sewn pieces, mixed media, and even a video. The opening-night reception will feature Spinal Tap karaoke, with live music performed by a cover band featuring members of Ice Rod, Mike Davis, and a guitarist from Atmosphere. The event is free, but some content may not be suitable for young children (obviously).
Aug. 7-Sept. 30, 2010

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