Yes, surely I jest, the past week has been anything but. Working, working, working .... let's see, lots of research on stats and preparations for the big DCYF RFP for Family Connections, and a comparative analysis, development plan revisions, and capacity building plan revisions for Oasis for Girls. There's also been progress on the install, I'm very lucky to have two amazing assistants (Marina and Devon) helping. Also went to the openings at the Arts Commission and the Art Institute last night. Michael introduced me to Hou Hanru, the director of the McBean Gallery. I'm really impressed with his curating and look forward to seeing more. The next exhibit, Wherever We Go: Art, Identity, Cultures in Transit includes Mella Jaarsma and Nindityo Adipurnomo, who I know from Jogjakarta!!!!! As it turns out Hanru knows many of my friends in Jogja!
I've been listening to The Flying Burrito Brothers a lot this week too and watched Fallen Angel, a documentary about Gram Parsons. Like me, Parsons divided a period of time in his life between San Francisco and Los Angeles and loved Joshua Tree, where he died of an overdose. After his death when his body was at the airport (to be flown to his evil stepfather in New Oreleans for burial), his friend Phil Kaufman stole the body and took it back to Joshua Tree where he built a funeral pyre, burnt the body and subsequently spread Parsons' ashes there (as Parsons had asked him to do). Also like me, Parsons was a huge fan of Nudie suits. Nudie's work has had a strong influence on my own work. He was a folk/glam genious.
Here are some pics of the latest progress on the install: