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For this special event, Oliver Basciano, Juliette Blightman, Ian Law and Lucy Mercer will read their chosen passages from Cookie Mueller’s collected writings and short stories, including Fan Mail, Frank Letters, and Crank Calls (1988), Garden of Ashes (1990) and How To Get Rid of Pimples (1984).

Cookie Mueller (1949–1989) was an American writer, actor and ‘Dreamlander’ who starred in many of filmmaker John Waters’ early works, including Multiple Maniacs (1970) and Female Trouble (1974).

Mueller’s work was frequently published in journals such as Bomb and High Times, as well as Details magazine, where she was the art critic and her ‘Art and About’ and ‘Travel Guide’ columns were published from 1982–1989. She was a contributing editor at East Village Eye, where Mueller authored a monthly self–help column Ask Dr. Mueller which covered everything from AIDS conspiracy theories to new age remedies, with quick–witted humour and candidness. Mueller’s Walking Through Clear Water in a Pool Painted Black (1990) was the first book published by Chris Kraus’ Native Agents imprint for Semiotext(e). Mueller died on 10 November 1989. She was 40.

Many of Mueller’s works are now out of print and difficult to access. This special series of readings celebrates this incredible body of work, and Mueller’s pervading influence and relevance to artists, writers and filmmakers today.

Oliver Basciano is an art critic and international editor of ArtReview, where he has worked since 2009. He also regularly writes for The Guardian and Spike Art Quarterly and has contributed texts to various artists’ monographs. Basciano will be a juror for the 2018 Turner Prize at Tate Britain.

Juliette Blightman is an artist who lives and works in Berlin. Blightman’s work explores observations of everyday life, interwoven with personal narratives and intimate portrayals of friends and family. She has recently presented work at South London Gallery, London (2016), Galerie Azzedine Alaïa, Paris (2016), Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe (2015), Eden Eden, Berlin (2015), Karma International, Los Angeles (2015), Pied-à-terre, San Francisco (2015), Forde, Geneva (2015), Cubitt, London (2015), Kunsthaus Bregenz (2014), Artists Space, New York (2014), Essex St, New York (2013), Drawing Room, London (2013), and Museion, Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea, Bolzano (2012).

Ian Law is a process–based painter whose work investigates authorship and subjectivity. He often works with previously exhibited materials–repositioning or reforming them–in order to highlight the objects’ agency or autonomy. Law curated Out of the living, a 2015 group exhibition at Supplement Gallery, London. Recent solo exhibitions include Rodeo, London, Laura Bartlett Gallery, London, VI, VII, Oslo, and Rodeo, Istanbul. Recent group exhibitions include Tenderpixel, London, OSLO 10, Basel and Cripta747, Turin, among other venues.

Lucy Mercer is a writer based in London. Her poems have been published in Oxford Poetry, Ambit and Poems in Which among others. She's a contributor to the forthcoming reader 'Ecocriticism, Ecology, and the Cultures of Antiquity' (Lexington Books, 2017) and is studying for an AHRC funded PhD in the 'Ecological Poetics of Emblems' at Royal Holloway. Her radio show on poetry and antiquity was recently broadcast at the Serpentine Gallery.

Cookie Mueller (1949–1989) was an American writer, actor and ‘Dreamlander’ who starred in many of filmmaker John Waters’ early works, including Multiple Maniacs (1970) and Female Trouble (1974).

This event is free but due to high demand, booking is recommended.

This event forms part of the public programme accompanying Putti’s Pudding, an exhibition of works by Cookie Mueller and Vittorio Scarpati (9 September–12 November 2017).

‘Putti’s Pudding’ is a book and ‘final project’ by American writer and actor Mueller, and her husband, Italian artist Scarpati. Published in 1989, the same year both died from complications related to AIDS, it pairs drawings by Scarpati with writing by Mueller.

Reimagined as an exhibition at Studio Voltaire, Putti’s Pudding features forty–five original felt–tip pen on notepad drawings made by Scarpati when he lost the ability to speak, accompanying texts by Mueller, and a public programme of talks, readings, screenings and performance.

Read More: http://www.studiovoltaire.org/exhibitions/

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