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    Olav Westphalen:
    The First Long Island City Blimp Derby

    Olav Westphalen: The First Long Island City Blimp Derby

    Jun 20–Aug 16, 2003

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    The First Long Island City Blimp Derby will both entertain and confound visitors' expectations. It is a sculptural installation and a platform that invites viewer participation. The Derby pits contemporary rhetoric around art as social process against the spectacle and entertainment environments of international art festivals and biennials without subscribing to either.

    The Artist Art and athletic references overlap in Westphalen's work highlighting the abject side of spectacle, drama, and heroism in contemporary culture. A German-born artist living in New York City, Olav Westphalen has become known for using humorous strategies as well as elements and conventions of vernacular culture to make ambivalent discursive propositions.

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    SculptureCenter's exhibitions and public programs are supported by The Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts and The Lily Auchincloss Foundation.