Monday, November 23, 2009

gigi gaston: the black flower


 adam & i finally trekked over to chelsea this past weekend to see "Josh Gosfield: Gigi Gaston, the Black Flower." seeing this show has been on my to-do list since i heard about it the beginning of last month.

"Josh Gosfield has assembled the definitive archive devoted to the 1960s French pop star Gigi Gaston. Gigi’s music and the spectacle of her tragic life riveted the public through the 60s and 70s. The exhibition documents her life and loves with archival photographs, posters, record covers, magazine and newspaper articles, a music video shot by Jean- Luc Godard, documentary footage, and assorted ephemera. We see her Gypsy family’s escape from Bulgaria, her affair with her stepbrother, her first guitar, her rise up (and fall down) the charts,  the car crashes, funerals, love triangles and the murder trial. All this played out in a garish media spotlight before the insatiable eyes of her public."

 walking through the gallery, you become fully immersed in this ephemera and you begin to wonder why you have never heard of her, and then it all becomes clear- it's all fiction! but that video really did look like a Godard piece. this entire life that you just became consumed by was a creation. it was all an elaborate scheme directed by Josh Gosfield with the help of actors, stylists,  make up artists, and photoshop. genius.

you have 2 more days to see this exhibit before it closes.
521 w. 23rd st.
new york, ny


Tati said...

i love the vintagey looks to all of those pictures!
Super cute!
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Lori said...

cool photos, i wish i could see the exhibit

Taylor Sterling said...

I love cool.

Jennifer said...

I suspected as much...something about the design of the posters was a little too perfect. Something about them was a little Matador- records-y (records-y, I know not remotely a real word) circa 1995.

Still, cool idea, and looks like it was fun to see. Seems like a project that you & Schwartz would do together! xo

valncami said...

Very cool post! Wish i could have seen the exhibit.


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