P R E S S R E L E A S E S 2003
May 20, 2003
New Video The Bone Trade to Show in MASS MoCA's Prints & Drawings Gallery
May 31, 2003, through June 22, 2003
(North Adams, Mass.) During the first three weeks of June, MASS MoCA will screen The Bone Trade, a film-turned-video installation which features, in ambiguous documentary form, the strange underground market for celebrity body parts. Lips, fingers, eyes, and much more are all for sale in this work by Gregory Whitehead and John Dryden. The installation is presented in association with Fantastic, a survey of art at the crossroads of visionary social design and paranoid delusion. The MASS MoCA installation is the first United States screening of the film.
The Bone Trade is a journey into the murky market and morality of Walter Sculley, a successful dealer in "corporeal memorabilia." As the fictional Sculley explains, "Think about how excited people get about owning an autograph. Then imagine the excitement if you could own the hand that wrote the autograph." The video includes three portraits of Sculley's customers/collectors: "Harry," a Garland enthusiast; "Rob" who built his collection around Trotsky's spine; and "Jackie," a specialist in the glamour category of American first ladies.
With a run time of approximately 15 minutes, The Bone Trade will show continuously during museum hours.
Gregory Whitehead who wrote the screenplay and also stars as Walter Sculley is a playwright, performer, and media artist whose work frequently walks the tightrope between reportage and fiction. His radio adventures, mockumentaries and audio cartoons have been broadcast throughout North America, Australia and Europe. Whitehead is the former director of the International Institute for Screamscape Studies, and presently presides over the sprawling Laboratory for Innovation and Acoustic Research (LIAR). A co-editor of the book, Wireless Imagination: sound, radio and the avant-garde, his writings on electronic media, shock culture and performance have been widely anthologized. He lives in the Berkshires, and is the proud owner of a single hair from the head of Queen Victoria.
John Dryden (director) is the director of numerous award-winning BBC documentaries, plays and adaptations, including Bleak House, Fatherland, Hotel Europa, and A Handmaid's Tale. He is a founder of Goldhawk Universal Productions, and is presently writing the screenplay for the Vikram Seth novel, A Suitable Boy.
MASS MoCA is the country's largest center for contemporary visual and performing arts and is located in North Adams, Massachusetts, on a restored 19th-century factory campus. After June 1, MASS MoCA's galleries are open from 10 – 6 every day. Gallery admission is $9 for adults, $3 for children 6 – 16, and free for children under 6. Members admitted free year-round. For additional information, call 413 662 2111 or visit www.massmoca.org.
For Immediate Release