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Writer Charlie Fox reads Cookie Mueller

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Writer Charlie Fox reads a selection of works by Cookie Mueller, including Secrets of the Skinny (1985) edited by Richard Prince, New York: Tanam Press.

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.

Charlie Fox is a writer who lives in London. His work has appeared in publications including frieze, Cabinet, Sight & Sound, ArtReview, The Wire and The White Review. Fox’s book This Young Monster (Fitzcarraldo Editions) was published in 2017. A hallucinatory celebration of artists who raise hell, transform their bodies, anger their elders and show their audience dark, disturbing things, This Young Monster gets high on a whole range of riotous art.

‘Good God, where did this wise-beyond-his-years 25-year-old critic’s voice come from? His breath of proudly putrefied air is really something to behold. Finally, a new Parker Tyler is on the scene. Yep. Mr. Fox is the real thing.’ — John Waters, New York Times.

The 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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