Bean Gilsdorf

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Help Desk: Performance Anxiety

Sylvia Palacios Whitman (b. 1941), Passing Through, performance at Sonnabend Gallery, New York, May 20, 1977. Courtesy the artist. Photograph by Babette Mangolte; © 1977

Help Desk is where I answer your queries about making, exhibiting, finding, marketing, buying, selling–or any other activity related to contemporary art. Submit your questions anonymously here: http://bit.ly/132VchD. All submissions become the property of Daily Serving. Help Desk is cosponsored by KQED Arts. I am not trained as a visual artist—I hold my graduate degree in dance choreography, and before grad school I worked primarily in live theatrical[.....]

Help Desk: Your Dynamic & Productive Residency

Anne Neukamp. Curl, 2013; oil, tempera, and acrylic on canvas, 240 x 190 cm

Help Desk is where I answer your queries about making, exhibiting, finding, marketing, buying, selling–or any other activity related to contemporary art. Submit your questions anonymously here: http://bit.ly/132VchD. All submissions become the property of Daily Serving. Help Desk is cosponsored by KQED Arts. I spent last year applying to residency programs in the U.S. and finally got one. How do I maximize my time there? Obviously I’ll be[.....]

From the Archives – Help Desk: Internship Woes

This week, our intrepid Help Desk columnist is on the road, so we bring you some advice from 2012 that still applies to many people: how to navigate the shoals of internships, especially in terms of taking credit for ideas and labor. Send your question about making, exhibiting, finding, marketing, buying, selling (or any other activity related to contemporary art), to http://bit.ly/132VchD. All submissions are anonymous and become the[.....]

Rituals of Rented Island at the Whitney Museum of American Art

Julia Heyward, God Heads, performance part of “Performances: Four Evenings, Four Days” at the Whitney Museum of American Art, February 28, 1976. Courtesy the artist

Peggy Phelan said it best: “Performance’s only life is in the present.”[1] Slippery in designation and impermanent by nature, a performance is not the same as the video of a performance. The viewer must be present for not only the sights and sounds of the performer, but also the smell, the temperature, the crowd, the fidgeting in a folding chair, or standing on a concrete[.....]

Help Desk: Studio Visits for a Post-Studio Practice

Barbara Probst. Exposure #109: Munich studio, 09.19.13, 5:31 p.m. , 2013; Ultrachrome ink on cotton paper, 2 parts, 24 x 24 inches each, edition of 5

Help Desk is where I answer your queries about making, exhibiting, finding, marketing, buying, selling–or any other activity related to contemporary art. Submit your questions anonymously here: http://bit.ly/132VchD. All submissions become the property of Daily Serving. Help Desk is co-sponsored by KQED Arts. As an artist, what can I do to make studio visits (with critics, curators, etc.) really, really great? I often feel like I don’t[.....]

Help Desk: MFA vs. Residency

Pat O'Neill. Horizontal Boundaries, 2008; still from color film, sound,
23 mins.

HELP DESK is where I answer your queries about making, exhibiting, finding, marketing, buying, selling–or any other activity related to contemporary art. Submit your questions anonymously here: http://bit.ly/132VchD. All submissions become the property of Daily Serving. HELP DESK is cosponsored by KQED Arts. How valuable is an MFA these days and is it really worth the cost? I’ve spent the last two months researching schools and preparing applications[.....]

Psychopaper at Piktogram

Ewa Ciepielewska (Luxus), untitled, 1984, watercolor, 99 x 68 cm. Courtesy of Piktogram/BLA, photo:

At 6 a.m. on December 13, 1981, General Wojciech Jaruzelski appeared on Polish television to declare martial law in effect throughout the country. Following his edict, for the next two and a half years citizens were stripped of their civil liberties: All borders and airports were closed, public gatherings were banned, independent organizations were declared illegal, and travel between cities required permission.* Curfew was imposed, and[.....]