September 14, 2017
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What was your favorite childhood toy? I used to love my Space 1999 spaceship. Loved it! I loved it more than the Star Wars toys I accumulated, probably because I really didn’t care so much for the Star Wars franchise. I know, I know, shoot him now! I was more of a Trekkie. Did anyone own a Barbie? Did you own more than one? Did you own a Ken? Did you make them swap clothing? Did you have them make out? Did you take them apart and turn them into grotesqueries? My guest Monday night is all about turning Barbie and her friends into works of contemporary art.
Julie Anderson has curated “Altered Barbie” since 2003, hosting many multi-media artists who use Barbie as their muse, their canvas, their medium. We take the first hour and talk to her and singer Ethel Merman (who is performing at the opening reception this Saturday night) about the history of the event, the history of Barbie, legal issues and great art experiences.
I’m planning on attending the opening reception this Saturday night and I strongly urge you to come down and have a great night. It’s absolutely worth every second, and you can walk out with some great art!
The gallery is located at Back to the Picture, 934 Valencia Street in San Francisco
Gallery hours: Monday – Saturday 10AM-6PM, Sunday 12PM-5PM
The remainder of the night focuses on recent live acquisitions that I’m excited to share with you.
Hell’s Kitchen Radio with John Hell
Radio Valencia in SF
In The Flesh: Pink Floyd
This Year’s Kisses: Billie Holiday + Lester Young
Buckets of Rain: Bob Dylan
Stormy Monday: Allman Brothers
I Don’t Want to Talk About It: Delaney, Bonnie and Friends
Interview with Julie Anderson and Ethel Merman of Altered Barbie
Barbie Girl: Aqua
Million Dollar Babies/I Love the Dead/Million Dollar Babies: Alice Cooper (June 4, 1980 El Paso)
Stinkfoot: Frank Zappa and the Mother’s of Invention (November 9, 1974 Orpheum Theater, Boston, MA)
Into the Groovy: Sonic Youth
You Know You Know: Mahavishnu Orchestra (April 21, 1972 Music Hall, Cleveland, OH)
Lusitanos: Weather Report (May 4, 1975 Berkeley Community Theater, Berkeley, CA)Dancing in the Streets: Grateful Dead (January 3, 1970 Fillmore East, NYC)
This here is the very first Barbie commercial from 1959. It’s also the very first mass marketed toy to kids. Check it out, and thanks to Ethel Merman for sharing this with us on the show.