Hustle: Museum of Spectacle with
Circus! Photographs of Frederick W. Glasier
from the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art
June 12 - August 5, 2018
June 29, 20018
from 6PM - 9PM:
Opening Reception / Artists & Curator Talk / Performance by Jimbo Easter / Listening Bar with playlist curated by Julia Gorton
“In a world which really is topsy-turvy, the true is a moment of the false.”
- Guy Debord
from TheSociety of the Spectacle - 1967
Inside the exhibition, is an exhibition, is an exhibition, is an exhibition. Matty Jankowski. Jimbo Easter. Julia Gorton. Frederick W. Glasier. R.E. Ashwell. The artists. The circus. Silent films. The curtains. The videos. The performance. The objects. The black binders. The museums. The PMA. The Ringling. The spectators. Me. You. Us. Them. The building. As jail. As art center. The history. Jim Crow Era. Spanish Colonialism. Gentrification. The classroom. The strike. The pedagogy. The students. Teachers. Experience. The humans. The animals. The Gallery as Menagerie. We step inside and wish for surprise. We look around corners and hope for something better. We want to react. We open wider. We modify our bodies. We read words spelled out on the wall. We scratch our faces. We watch in awe. We look at our phones. We write something down. We capture an image. We post it. We are spectators. We are audiences. We are participants. We wish we could make it. We think we can make it. We want to make something. We don’t make anything. We want that. We never get that. We listen to it. We play it. We see. We remember. We say it. We don’t know where it comes from. We appropriate it. We steal for it. We lie for it. We love it. We hate it. We tell the truth for it. We are vulnerable. We are strange bodies. We are different. We are strong. We work hard. We sit on our asses. We are ambitious. We are commerce. We are community. We make our way. We hustle. We hustle hard. We are inside the show now. We are spectating. We are becoming spectacle. We refuse. We are the hustle in our own museums of spectacle.
What does hustle mean to you?
“I don't see it as a bad thing, I see it as having a sense of purpose. I'm doing what I want to do. It’s hard. But, I'm happy. You've got to work at it."
- Matty Jankwoski - 2018