Yes, we do harsh on Broward and Palm Beach County plenty. Yes, we may have called Fort Lauderdale the Canada of South Florida. But the reality is that many of us and our loved ones are bi-countiers. That is, we live in one but work and play in another. And this month, there are great exhibits that will inspire you to make the drive north and partake in the culture of the 561. You have a few more weeks to visit a Raymond Pettibon exhibit and ponder punk's scribbled aesthetic. But you better act fast if you want to catch Nick Cave at the Norton; the exhibit closes this Sunday. Happy driving.
"Raymond Pettibon: The Punk Years, 1978-86" at FAU's Schmidt Gallery
777 Glades Rd., Boca Raton. Until January 22. Visit fau.edu/galleries. Free.
If there was a zine/album cover artist laurete, we'd nominate Raymond
Pettibon. Not only is he the man behind the four-bar logo, flyers, album
covers of the band Black Flag, but his angry, dishelved pen and ink
graphics provided visuals for a smattering of punk bands in the early
1980s: Sonic Youth, Dead Kennedys, and Circle Jerks. Florida Atlantic University's
Schmidt Gallery has "Raymond Pettibon: The Punk Years, 1978-86," an
exhibit of 200 Pettitbon-designed posters, gig flyers, zines, album
covers along with albums, T-shirts, skateboard decks, CDs, and
videos. Beyond the exhibit, the gallery is hosting free, punk
programming for the public:
January 18: See Sonic Orphans, a
compilation reel of lost and found clips projected on 16mm. In it,
filmmaker Bill Daniels screens raw silent new footage of the Beatles he
rescued from a closing film lab and other rare music clips such as an
early, haunting Johnny Cash kinoscope.
January 19: See Who Is Bozo Texino?, Daniels's
full-length film about hobo and railworker boxcar graffiti.
20: Hear FAU professor Eric Landes discuss "Cut & Paste:
Typography, Violence & the Punk Rock Aesthetic."
"Nick Cave: Meet Me at the Center of the Earth" at Norton Art Museum
1451 S. Olive Ave. West Palm Beach. Until January 9. Visit norton.org. $5 to $12.
Take fiber textile art and fuse it with modern dance and you'd have
Soundsuits by Nick Cave. These life-sized sculptural objects are
beautiful when they are still. But they are breathtaking as they are
worn -- both for the resulting sound and choreographed movement of
materials. The ones we recently spotted at Art Basel (above) were
constructed of thousands of shiny buttons. But Cave has made Soundsuits
out of twigs, sequins, Easter grass, socks, and other odd textures. Palm
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Beach Atlantic University students already donned these futuristic
tribal suits back in November in a wild, swooshing dance. But you can still see 40 of Cave's Soundsuits until this Sunday, January 9. See the suits in motion below: