Projector Magazine

Projector is a free color insert in the Chicago Reader and the Onion. It comes bimonthly. This issue was in November, 1998.



This review was written by the Editor of Projector Magazine at that time, Mr. Grant Samuelson.


Medium: Visual Art Exhibition and Lunch Wiener Girls: A Taste Sensation Seen- The Wiener Circle: 9/14 The exhibition by the Wiener Girls (Katey Rafanello and Sydney Croskery) at the Clark Street institution The Wieners Circle might have been evidence that some artists are desperate to show anywhere. Actually, it represented a return to a strategy made almost extinct by the transformation of public space in America. Once upon a time, artists and curators discovered the notion of intervention, in which an artwork would appear like a guerrilla raid in a bar or in a public square. Taking the artwork out of the gallery brought it back into the real world, which is where it came from in the first place. But as the public spaces turned into privately owned "retail corridors" and "historic downtowns", the act of taking art into the street became an administrative process of sculpture, requiring permits and permission from the owners of the sidewalk. It is now difficult to get a show in a coffee shop without having to get a manager on the phone to "corporate". This is a long winded way of saying the the Wiener Girls did a great thing by hanging a few color photographs in a hot dog stand. Camouflaged as advertisements or tasteless decorative art, the Wiener Girls' photographs were hung haphazardly above the windows at the Wieners Cirlce in the only wall space available, and were tailored to the exhibition space like a careully-considered installation. The lurid photographs in their cheap frames were identified by laminated wall labels that looked like they might also say, "Try our Delicious Onion Rings!" Featuring the Wiener Girls like spokesmodels for the Beef Industry, the photos themselves simulataneously transmitted a confrontational anti-sexist message and celebrated the power of good comedy. The Wiener Girls: A Taste Sensation was an elegant artistic intervention that briefly transformed a hot dog stand into a cohesive work of art. It was a test of methods for casting off the gallery and the museum, and it was also a good joke. It was a show of a couple of women dressed in tight T-shirts, and it was also a challenge to artists dissatisfied with the internal politics and complexities of the art world. Make more shows like this.