Jennifer Rubell

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April 22, 2010

 
Participants enter a 40-foot square room that is ramped with plywood. In the rear right corner is a cutout in the approximate shape and form of Vito Acconci's body in Seed Bed. Growing out of this hole are baby carrots, tops attached. Participants pick the carrots and wash them in a series of wash basins next door, then eat them. The next gallery contains a pedestal of drinking glasses and eight drinking paintings, consisting of a 6' X 10' raw stretched canvas with a single spigot in the center. The wall label next to it indicates what kind of drink is inside: Gin & Tonic; Bourbon; Water; Lemonade; Dirty Martini, Rum & Coke, Screwdriver and White Wine. There is a pedestal of four stainless steel champagne fountains. A pedestal covered in fake wood paneling holds paint tubes of various dips and spreads, and another one next to it holds a pile of potato chips. Seven identical casts of Rubell's head in Fontina cheese are suspended from the ceiling, with heat guns strapped to each one. The heat guns slowly melt the suspended heads onto a pedestal of crackers below. Downstairs, in the Beaux Arts Court, there are nine pedestals, each with a different meat or vegetable. There are giant roasts of beef, lamb, pork and turkey. One pedestal contains 150 roasted rabbits, tied into the form of the hare in Joseph Beuys' How to Explain Pictures to a Dead Hare. There are pedestals of vegetables as well. Each pedestal has implements to cut or serve. There are butchers' aprons on the meat pedestals. There are six hundred-foot tables along the raised outside perimeter. Each table is covered with grey felt. On top are stacks of plates, plus piles of forks, knives and napkins. After dinner, participants go to the museum lobby, where a 20-foot tall piñata of Andy Warhol’s head has been hanging for a week. Baseball bats are provided to break it open. Participants begin to destroy it. Inside are all manner of classic American pre-packaged desserts: Twinkies, Ding Dongs, Yodels, Sno Balls, Suzy Q’s, Ho Ho’s, etc. Guests will take turns using the bats and distributing the contents, until finally a few participants begin lounging inside the empty pinata, a complete takeover.
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Photos by John Berens and Kevin Tachman