Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

After a 2003 New York Times article criticized Bill Clinton for not showing his face enough in the neighborhood around his Harlem office, Jamaica-born, New York-bred artist Dave McKenzie donned a suit, tie, and Clinton mask and paraded along 125th Street while blasting Louis Armstrong’s rendition of “We Shall Overcome” from a stereo. The piece was typical McKenzie: smart, timely, and focused on engaging the public. And that’s why at the tender age of 31, he has made a name for himself as a conceptual artist to be reckoned with.

Want to hang out with him? Well, this Saturday you can. In fact, you might even be able to have dinner with the guy. Here’s what you do: Go to the Museum of Contemporary Art at 2 p.m. for McKenzie’s lecture (free with five-dollar museum admission) and drop your name into the clear plastic box inside the “Convention” exhibit. At the end of the lecture, McKenzie will pick one name out of the box, and later that evening, he’ll take the winner out for a one-on-one dinner.
Sat., Aug. 15, 2 p.m., 2009

 
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