Artists Space

Pride Goes Before a Fall / Beware of a Holy Whore - An Exhibition in Two Acts

June 30 – August 25, 2013

The exhibition includes: a sculpture by Duane Hanson, a replica of a hotel bar and several protagonists that will appear weekly throughout July and August evenings in the hotel bar. On these occasions Cuba Libre will be served.

A sculpture of a man holding a book, right leg crossed over left, standing, against a white background. He is wearing a purple shirt, patterned blue shorts, and white sneakers.
[A sculpture of a man holding a book, right leg crossed over left, standing, against a white background. He is wearing a purple shirt, patterned blue shorts, and white sneakers.]

Then there’s the story of Wee Willy, the gangster.

Goofy wants to be a children’s nurse so he borrows some clothes from his Aunt Anna, a red-and-white checked calico dress and a big hat. And he tries his luck as a kindergarten teacher, not very successfully though, because the kids all say they’ve never seen such a queer old doll. Goofy gets beaten up by the kids and flings his gear in the trashcan.

At that moment, an escaped convict comes by, Wee Willy, the gangster. He’s no bigger than a 3-year-old girl. He finds Goofy’s gear in the trashcan and puts it on.

On his way home, Goofy bumps into Wee Willy wearing Aunt Anna’s dress. “Poor little homeless mite,” Goofy thinks and takes the little girl home. He dishes up pheasant and partridges and a whole goose, and Wee Willy stuffs himself full. Goofy’s pretty surprised at the little girl’s appetite. But he’s mighty pleased, too and thumps his fists on the table. Wee Willy behaves terribly, but at last Goofy finds joy looking after a child.During the night the house is surrounded by gangsters. No, not by gangsters, by police. They storm the house and find Wee Willy. They recognize him, despite the gear he’s wearing. Goofy’s amazed and asks what they want of a poor little girl. “This is terrible! What has she done? Poor little orphan!” The police inform him that it’s Wee Willy, a wanted criminal. And as the police carry Willy out, explosive as a hand grenade, Goofy says: “Must have been a shock for the poor little girl to find out she’s a crook.”

– Opening monologue in Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Beware of a Holy Whore, 1971, spoken by Werner Schroeter

Protagonists include:

No Bra
An American Family presented by Stuart Comer
Concert
Loretta Fahrenholz
Calla Henkel, Max Pitegoff, & Matthew Lutz-Kinoy
Marie Karlberg
Ken Okiishi and Nick Mauss
Emily Sundblad
Wu Tsang
Stewart Uoo
Peter Wächtler
Jean-Michel Wicker

A black-and-white image of a man, a white bar with text, that reads "WANTED," covers his face. Below, a white bar with text that reads, "wee willy."
Jean-Michel Wicker. wee willy wanted (la rivoluzione siamo me), 2013 [A black-and-white image of a man, a white bar with text, that reads "WANTED," covers his face. Below, a white bar with text that reads, "wee willy."]

Saturday, June 29, 6 - 8pm 

Opening

No Bra

Sunday, June 30, 9pm

Concert
Behave
Like an Audience 

Friday, July 12, 7pm

Loretta Fahrenholz

Haust

Wednesday, July 17, 7pm

Calla Henkel, Max Pitegoff, & Matthew Lutz-Kinoy

NEONS

Saturday, July 20, 7 - 11pm

Stewart Uoo Presents

It's Get Better

EDMily

Rian Pickell

Bailey Stiles

De Se Escobar

Raul De Nieves

LaFem Ladosha

Anna Uddenberg

Celso Satori Labeija

Juliana Huxtable Ladosha
 with special guests

Thursday, July 25, 7pm

Marie Karlberg & Leigha Mason

INFESTED
 with special guests

Friday, July 26, 7pm 

Marie Karlberg

Videos

Friday, August 2, 7pm

Stuart Comer Presents

An American Family 
with Alan and Susan Raymond, 
and Cecilia Dougherty

Thursday, August 15, 7pm

Peter Wächtler
 Reading

Friday, August 16, 7pm

Jean-Michel Wicker
anti-live performance n°2 : emcee jeanne moreau chante mimi e kleine @ Artists Space...

Thursday, August 22, 7pm

Wu Tsang & Alexandro Segade

Guilt For Shame

Sunday, August 25, 5pm
EST
Ken Okiishi, Nick Mauss, and Emily Sundblad
FOAM PARTY CANCELLED &
EMILY SUNDBLAD TV 
LIVE FROM NEW YORK AND SKARA

A sculpture of a man holding a book is leaning against a column in an empty, open room. He is wearing a purple shirt, patterned blue shorts, and is crossing his legs, wearing white sneakers.
Installation view from Pride Goes Before a Fall/Beware of a Holy Whore - An Exhibition in Two Acts. 38 Greene, Artists Space, 2013 [A sculpture of a man holding a book is leaning against a column in an empty, open room. He is wearing a purple shirt, patterned blue shorts, and is crossing his legs, wearing white sneakers.]
A sculpture of a man holding a book is leaning against a column in an empty, open room. He is wearing a purple shirt, patterned blue shorts, and is crossing his legs, wearing white sneakers.
Installation view from Pride Goes Before a Fall/Beware of a Holy Whore - An Exhibition in Two Acts. 38 Greene, Artists Space, 2013 [A sculpture of a man holding a book is leaning against a column in an empty, open room. He is wearing a purple shirt, patterned blue shorts, and is crossing his legs, wearing white sneakers.]
A sculpture of a man leans against a white column in an otherwise empty gallery space.
Installation view from Pride Goes Before a Fall/Beware of a Holy Whore - An Exhibition in Two Acts. 38 Greene, Artists Space, 2013 [A sculpture of a man leans against a white column in an otherwise empty gallery space.]
A side view of a sculpture of a man leaning againt a white column. He hols a book in his right hand. He is wearing a purple shirt and blue patterned shorts.
Installation view from Pride Goes Before a Fall/Beware of a Holy Whore - An Exhibition in Two Acts. 38 Greene, Artists Space, 2013 [A side view of a sculpture of a man leaning againt a white column. He hols a book in his right hand. He is wearing a purple shirt and blue patterned shorts.]
A side view of a sculpture of a man leaning against a white column. He holds a book in his right hand. He is wearing a purple shirt, blue patterned shorts, and white sneakers.
Installation view from Pride Goes Before a Fall/Beware of a Holy Whore - An Exhibition in Two Acts. 38 Greene, Artists Space, 2013 [A side view of a sculpture of a man leaning against a white column. He holds a book in his right hand. He is wearing a purple shirt, blue patterned shorts, and white sneakers.]
A close up view of a sculpture of a man holding a book. The man
Installation view from Pride Goes Before a Fall/Beware of a Holy Whore - An Exhibition in Two Acts. 38 Greene, Artists Space, 2013 [A close up view of a sculpture of a man holding a book. The man's hand holds the spine of a book close to his purple shirt.]
A wooden bar with three chairs and a palm tree in a pot is displayed against a white wall.
Installation view from Pride Goes Before a Fall/Beware of a Holy Whore - An Exhibition in Two Acts. 55 Walker, Artists Space, 2013 [A wooden bar with three chairs and a palm tree in a pot is displayed against a white wall.]
An ashtray with the text, "Martini," three Schweppes bottles, six Coca-Cola bottle, and 9 drinking classes arranged face down on a silver platter are displayed on a white counter top.
Installation view from Pride Goes Before a Fall/Beware of a Holy Whore - An Exhibition in Two Acts. 55 Walker, Artists Space, 2013 [An ashtray with the text, "Martini," three Schweppes bottles, six Coca-Cola bottle, and 9 drinking classes arranged face down on a silver platter are displayed on a white counter top.]
A view from behind an angled bar with blue walls. Shelves full of Coca-Cola, liquor, and glasses are visible. On the counter, more Coca-Cola bottles, glassware, and an esspresso machine. A palm leaf is positioned beyond the counter top.
Installation view from Pride Goes Before a Fall/Beware of a Holy Whore - An Exhibition in Two Acts. 55 Walker, Artists Space, 2013 [A view from behind an angled bar with blue walls. Shelves full of Coca-Cola, liquor, and glasses are visible. On the counter, more Coca-Cola bottles, glassware, and an esspresso machine. A palm leaf is positioned beyond the counter top.]
A TV monitor is displayed left of center on a white wall plastered with black-and-white posters that read, "Wanted, wee willy," and two large "e"s. To the right behind a doorway, large beanbags sit infront of bookshelves.
Installation view from Pride Goes Before a Fall/Beware of a Holy Whore - An Exhibition in Two Acts. 55 Walker, Artists Space, 2013 [A TV monitor is displayed left of center on a white wall plastered with black-and-white posters that read, "Wanted, wee willy," and two large "e"s. To the right behind a doorway, large beanbags sit infront of bookshelves.]

Pride Goes Before a Fall / Beware of a Holy Whore – An Exhibition in Two Acts takes place across Artists Space’s two venues at 38 Greene Street and 55 Walker Street. This exhibition is supported by the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and The Friends of Artists Space.

Artists Space likes to thank the Estate of Duane Hanson, and Van de Weghe Fine Art, New York; the Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation; Mount Gay Rum.