Duane Michals - Carry Me Daddy, 1989 (top); My Father Could Walk in the Sky, 1989 (bottom)
Text in the photographs:
Carry Me Daddy, 1989
Carry me daddy, all the way home. I’ll lean on your shoulder, even after I’ve grown. And when me get there, tuck me in bed. I’ll still be your son, even after you’re dead. While I am dreaming, sing me a tune. A song of my birthright, the sun and the moon.
My Father Could Walk in the Sky, 1989
My father could walk in the sky. He promised to teach me how. But he left without saying goodbye. I don’t cry. I’m a grown up now.
Joseph Beuys, How to Explain Pictures to a Dead Hare, 1965
One of the artist’s most famous performances, Beuys covered his head first with honey, and then with fifty dollars worth of gold leaf. He cradles a dead hare in his arms, and strapped an iron plate to the bottom of his right shoe. Viewed from behind glass in the gallery, the audience could see Beuys walking from drawing to drawing, quietly whispering in the dead rabbit’s ear. As he walked around the room, the silence was pierced by intermittent sound of his footsteps; the loud crack of the iron on the floor, and the soundless whisper of the sole of shoe. (via)
IRWIN, IRWIN Live, 1996/1998 exhibitions in Atlanta and Warsaw
IRWIN Live consists of paintings from the “Was ist Kunst” series installed on the ceiling with the Irwin members suspended below them so as to appear standing as spectators in front of their paintings. After the opening the “live” members are replaced with replicas, wich remain in the gallery for the duration of the exhibition. (via)