Wednesday, January 11, 2012

What's next for the Chair Project

Posted By on Wed, Jan 11, 2012 at 1:13 PM

One thousand chairs lined up along Manitou Avenue don't just disappear with the old year. The Chair Project, is in fact, gearing up for more in 2012. Even if it's in a retrospective fashion.

Have some Chair Project memories you want to share? In honor of last year's community art happening led by local artist Sean O'Meallie, the Business of Art Center is now collecting "any media commemorating the Chair Project of Oct. 9, 2011, or celebrating the chair itself."

In an e-mail, O'Meallie says there are already some pieces in the show culled from the Chair Project's 12 photographers, as well as videos taken while it was on display. He adds that they will also try and "re-stage some of the performances that took place that morning." Hopefully it will include the reported opera sung out windows that day.

Sadly, O'Meallie says the project didn't raise enough funds to produce a book through the BAC at this time, but there are still possibilities in the future. On the upside, he says the BAC has received some "interest" from national arts funding consortium ArtPlace, and the Chair Project got some love from Westword, which named it the fifth most important area art moment of 2011.

(It enjoyed some good company near the top if the list, with the approval of Over the River at No. 2 and the opening of Clyfford Still Museum at No. 1.)

The Big Chair Project Art Show — What's in a Chair? will run March 2-31, with a first Friday opening from 5 to 8 p.m.

Digital images are due by Feb. 24 to the inbox of BAC gallery curator and director Liz Szabo (liz@thebac.org). Entry fees are $5 per piece. For more, visit thebac.org or manitouchairproject.org/wordpress.

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