Dead Flowers

Vox Populi

2009
$30,000

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Scott Ewalt, Dead Flowers installation view, Vox Populi, 2010. Photo by Greenhouse Media.

Curated by Lia Gangitano, director of New York's Participant Inc., Dead Flowers mined historical notions of "the underground"—understood primarily in relationship to the work of director and cult legend Timothy Carey (1929–94)—and explored his legacy in subsequent generations of artists. Carey wrote, produced, directed, and starred in the 1962 feature The World's Greatest Sinner, which was scored by Frank Zappa. The exhibition included work by Alvin Baltrop, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Kembra Pfahler, Paul Thek, and others, and its presentation was accompanied by screenings, poetry readings, performances, and discussions in Philadelphia, before it traveled to New York City. The 260-page catalog, edited by Gangitano, includes texts by Gary Indiana, Antony Hegarty, Max G. Morton, Bruce LaBruce, Vaginal Davis, Eileen Myles, and Ed Halter. Vox Populi was a first-time grant recipient.