Ugo Rondinone: I ♥ John Giorno


In celebration of poet and artist John Giorno’s eightieth birthday, thirteen New York art spaces are joining forces to recognize his influential work.

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“I ♥ John Giorno” graphic identity by Scott King

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“I ♥ John Giorno” is a work of art by Giorno’s husband, the Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone, whose sculpture Hell, Yes! adorned the New Museum’s façade at 235 Bowery when the building opened in 2007. “I ♥ John Giorno” is conceived as a festival, with installations in galleries and public spaces and a roster of free public programs. The New Museum will present a mural designed by Scott King in its Lobby, an ode to the iconic “I ♥ NY” logo that celebrates Giorno’s life as a New York figure. Visitors can also experience Giorno’s Dial-A-Poem phone project, an influential work of art that anticipated mass media communication and the commercial success of hotlines, in the New Museum Lobby. First staged at the Architectural League in 1969, and again at the Museum of Modern Art in 1970, Dial-A-Poem uses phone lines connected to answering machines to allow anyone to call in and listen to prerecorded poems by Joe Brainard, William S. Burroughs, John Cage, Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, and many others.

Partner venues for “I ♥ John Giorno” include Artists Space, High Line Art, Howl! Happening, Hunter College Art Galleries, the Kitchen, Red Bull Arts New York, the Rubin Museum of Art, Sky Art, Swiss Institute, White Columns, and 80WSE Gallery.

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“Ugo Rondinone: I ♥ John Giorno” is made possible in part by public funds from the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia. The I ♥ John Giorno organizing committee gratefully acknowledges generous support from Van Cleef & Arpels, Fondation Jan Michalski Pour L’Ecriture et La Litterature, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and LUMA Foundation. Thanks to Almine Rech Gallery, Brussels, London, New York, and Paris; Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York; Esther Schipper, Berlin; Galerie Eva Presenhuber, New York and Zurich; Gladstone Gallery, Brussels and New York; Galerie Kamel Mennour, London and Paris; Kukje Gallery, Seoul; and Sadie Coles, London, for production support. Additional thanks to Ophelia and Bill Rudin as well as the General Consulate of Switzerland in New York for their gracious contributions, and to agnès b. for in-kind support.

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