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on May 18, 2007

Cahun, Claude - Self portrait, (reflected in mirror) 1928.

Not sure if you're a boy or a girl...

Those of you that can make it to New York's Ninth Avenue this evening (or over the weekend) could do worse than check out the muliti-media Claude Cahun exhibition in the gardens of the General Theological Seminary.

Obviously David Bowie is a big fan of Claude and her work, and here's what he had to say about her recently...

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HIGHLINE FESTVAL - David Bowie on Claude Cahun

"I saw a little of Cahun's work in Paris a hundred years ago and then I heard that she had a show in the UK last year. I just had to get her for the High Line. You could call her transgressive or you could call her a cross dressing Man Ray with surrealist tendencies. I find this work really quite mad, in the nicest way.

Outside of France and now the UK she has not had the kind of recognition that, as a founding follower, friend and worker of the original surrealist movement, she surely deserves. Meret Oppenheim was not the only one with a short haircut.

Nothing could better do this, I thought, than to show her photographs through the digital technology of the 21st century and in a setting that embraces the pastoral sanctuary of her last years." - David Bowie

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For those not familiar with her work, here's a bit of background:

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Best known for her riveting photographic self-portraits that seem eerily ahead of their time, Claude Cahun has attracted an almost cultlike following. Acting out diverse identities--both male and female--in scenes ranging from severely simple to elaborately staged.

Cahun was a pioneer of the gender-bending role-playing now seen in works by artists such as Cindy Sherman (born the year Cahun died), Nikki S. Lee, and many others.

Lucy Schwob (pseudonym Claude Cahun) (1894--1954) was a French photographer and writer, born in Nantes to a family of prominent Jewish intellectuals. In her early teens she began what would become a deeply devoted lifelong relationship with Suzanne Malherbe (pseudonym Marcel Moore) (1892--1972). An extraordinary couple who worked and lived together for more than forty years, Cahun and Moore created images and writings of startling originality.

Avid participants in the cultural avant-garde in Montparnasse during the 1920s and ?30s, they ultimately moved to Jersey, in the Channel Islands (the only part of Great Britain to be occupied by the Germans during World War II). Both Cahun and Moore were part of the Resistance during the occupation. In 1944 they were arrested, tried, and sentenced to death. Their sentences were never carried out, and they were released after liberation in 1945. Cahun never fully recovered from her treatment in prison. She died in 1954.

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Time Out Presents The Photography of CLAUDE CAHUN
PUBLIC ART EXHIBITION: May 18th - 20th, Dusk to Midnight in the gardens of the General Theological Seminary, 175 Ninth Avenue

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Meow Meow smoking a fag, yesterday.

Before you head off for the Claude Cahun exhibition, you may want to check out Meow Meow at Hiro Ballroom, 371 West 16th Street. That's if you have a ticket, of course. The outrageous international singing star sells out venues around the globe, and tonight is no exception.

MEOW MEOW INCITED BY JOHN CAMERON MITCHELL
May 18th 7:30pm: Hiro Ballroom, 371 West 16th Street

If you don't have tickets for Meow Meow, don't forget the second of two Laurie Anderson shows tonight, which I'm sure will be just as exciting...When will they hurry up and invent time travel...I guess they never will, or we would have already seen them. Bloody useless scientists!

LAURIE ANDERSON
May 17th & 18th 7:30 pm: High Line Ballroom, 431 West 16th Street

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    18 May 2007
    Tonight's High Line - David Bowie Recommends...

    Cahun, Claude - Self portrait, (reflected in mirror) 1928.

    Not sure if you're a boy or a girl...

    Those of you that can make it to New York's Ninth Avenue this evening (or over the weekend) could do worse than check out the muliti-media Claude Cahun exhibition in the gardens of the General Theological Seminary.

    Obviously David Bowie is a big fan of Claude and her work, and here's what he had to say about her recently...

    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    HIGHLINE FESTVAL - David Bowie on Claude Cahun

    "I saw a little of Cahun's work in Paris a hundred years ago and then I heard that she had a show in the UK last year. I just had to get her for the High Line. You could call her transgressive or you could call her a cross dressing Man Ray with surrealist tendencies. I find this work really quite mad, in the nicest way.

    Outside of France and now the UK she has not had the kind of recognition that, as a founding follower, friend and worker of the original surrealist movement, she surely deserves. Meret Oppenheim was not the only one with a short haircut.

    Nothing could better do this, I thought, than to show her photographs through the digital technology of the 21st century and in a setting that embraces the pastoral sanctuary of her last years." - David Bowie

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    For those not familiar with her work, here's a bit of background:

    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Best known for her riveting photographic self-portraits that seem eerily ahead of their time, Claude Cahun has attracted an almost cultlike following. Acting out diverse identities--both male and female--in scenes ranging from severely simple to elaborately staged.

    Cahun was a pioneer of the gender-bending role-playing now seen in works by artists such as Cindy Sherman (born the year Cahun died), Nikki S. Lee, and many others.

    Lucy Schwob (pseudonym Claude Cahun) (1894--1954) was a French photographer and writer, born in Nantes to a family of prominent Jewish intellectuals. In her early teens she began what would become a deeply devoted lifelong relationship with Suzanne Malherbe (pseudonym Marcel Moore) (1892--1972). An extraordinary couple who worked and lived together for more than forty years, Cahun and Moore created images and writings of startling originality.

    Avid participants in the cultural avant-garde in Montparnasse during the 1920s and ?30s, they ultimately moved to Jersey, in the Channel Islands (the only part of Great Britain to be occupied by the Germans during World War II). Both Cahun and Moore were part of the Resistance during the occupation. In 1944 they were arrested, tried, and sentenced to death. Their sentences were never carried out, and they were released after liberation in 1945. Cahun never fully recovered from her treatment in prison. She died in 1954.

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    Time Out Presents The Photography of CLAUDE CAHUN
    PUBLIC ART EXHIBITION: May 18th - 20th, Dusk to Midnight in the gardens of the General Theological Seminary, 175 Ninth Avenue

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    Meow Meow smoking a fag, yesterday.

    Before you head off for the Claude Cahun exhibition, you may want to check out Meow Meow at Hiro Ballroom, 371 West 16th Street. That's if you have a ticket, of course. The outrageous international singing star sells out venues around the globe, and tonight is no exception.

    MEOW MEOW INCITED BY JOHN CAMERON MITCHELL
    May 18th 7:30pm: Hiro Ballroom, 371 West 16th Street

    If you don't have tickets for Meow Meow, don't forget the second of two Laurie Anderson shows tonight, which I'm sure will be just as exciting...When will they hurry up and invent time travel...I guess they never will, or we would have already seen them. Bloody useless scientists!

    LAURIE ANDERSON
    May 17th & 18th 7:30 pm: High Line Ballroom, 431 West 16th Street