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Bending the Word / MATRIX 226

Performance: Love Can Build a Bridge
A Drama by Kevin Killian and Karla Milosevich

January 31, 2009; 7:00 p.m.

Performance in conjunction with the exhibition Bending the Word / MATRIX 226

Museum Theater (please use Durant Avenue entrance)
Admission Free

Bending the Word brings together artists—some in the gallery and others beyond—whose work mingles fact and fiction, history and anecdote, reshaping our views of the world through storytelling. Love Can Build a Bridge takes place in Marfa, Texas, as Donald Judd’s kin start arriving from far-flung places on the morning after his death. They descend on their old drinking spot, Roy’s Cotton Club, with its two windows overlooking Donald Judd’s art farm. They are a motley crew—Donald’s estranged wife Naomi Judd and their chubby daughter Wynonna; Ashley Judd, a bitter Hollywood action star battling her addiction to Morgan Freeman; Judd Nelson, Judd’s illegitimate son brought up by Native peoples and practicing secret Indian rainmaking ceremonial rituals; the artists Richard Serra and Ulay and Marina Abramovic, habitués—or prisoners?—of Judd’s legendary art colony; and Ben Gage, his big-city lawyer concealing a terrible secret. In one corner of the bar a mysterious stranger nurses a Roy-jito, Roy’s own twist on the Mojito that involves a twist of cotton floating above the rim of the glass. Who is this wandering stranger and why is she smiling and sobbing? This beyond-the-gallery ensemble features performances by Anne McGuire, Wayne Smith, Laurie Reid, Gerald Corbin, Craig Goodman, Rex Ray, Tanya Hollis, Jocelyn Saidenberg, Cliff Hengst, Scott Hewicker, Kevin Killian, Karla Milosevich, and a mediated George Kuchar as Donald Judd.