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 Armstrongs rendition of We Shall Overcome from a stereo. The piece was typical McKenzie: smart, timely, and focused on engaging the public. And thats 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. Heres what you do: Go to the Museum of Contemporary Art at 2 p.m. for McKenzies 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, hell take the winner out for a one-on-one dinner.
Sat., Aug. 15, 2 p.m., 2009