is a series of solemn celebrations that will memorialize five cultural ideas and give them the fanfare they deserve. Each ceremony is hosted by a group of Chicago-area creative professionals and will feature performances, installations, video presentations, eulogies, and spirits accompanied by art-worthy topical catering by Chicago's Bleeding Heart Bakery.
Five Funerals is organized by The Alliance of Pentaphilic Curators, Jason Dunda and Teena McClelland
Sunday May 1, 2011
The (Un)Timely Death of Multiculturalism
Hosted by Larry Lee
This funeral puts to rest that woebegone buzzword of our collective effort to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony. This ceremony will feature a politically-correct marching band, an ethnic-inclusive, fully-translated eulogy, and gender-specific roller derby pallbearers. Can’t we all just get along?
Sunday May 8, 2011
Wake for the West: Racetrack Player
Hosted by B. Ingrid Olson, Orion Martin, Ryan Ingebritson, and Samuel Davis
Attend this funeral not for a lonesome cowboy, but rather for the recollection of a history that goes beyond geography to become a way of life. This funeral will involve a video screening, performative odes, and elegiac artwork by the bereaved. The event will culminate in a cacti dole, sharing succulents around the campfire.
Sunday May 15, 2011
Technical Difficulties: Public Access Television
Hosted by Lori Felker
With special guest Eric Fleischauer
This is your chance to rip the nails out of a proverbial coffin. Public Access Television, bastion of free speech and loyal community via the airwaves, refuses to be laid to rest despite the motion towards media centralization. The events that shape this funeral promise to range from the performative to the informative– video presentations, tv stars, and an edible homage to the test pattern color bars. Please stand by.
Sunday May 22, 2011
PostScript: The Passing of the Letter
Hosted by Noel Morical and Rebekah Scheer
With special guests Philip von Zweck, Carolina Wheat and Scott Leigh Nielsen
This treasured and obsolete form of communication will be honored through a collective act of written correspondence while sipping custom Death's Door cocktails. Bring along your address book! In this Victorian-style ceremony, mourners may assist in the preparation of the body by creating a letter and joining in the procession to long forgotten "mailbox". Return to sender.
Sunday May 29, 2011
Painting is Dead, Again
Hosted by ED JR. (Edra Soto, Deborah Boardman, Jeroen Nelemans and Ryan Richey)
With special guests Charles Mahaffee, Diego Leclery, Kayce Bayer and Chris Lin, Hannis Pannis, La La La Singing featuring Mr. Mahaffee, Laughing Eye Weeping Eye ( Rebecca Schoenecker and Patrick Holbrook)
Beloved son of Clement Greenberg, Modernist Painting, died May 29th 2011 in Chicago, IL, at his residence quietly above the couch. He was preceded in death by Romanticism and other isms. Mr. Painting will be remembered as video projections of a collaborative painting put to death by fire will be accompanied by musical performances throughout the afternoon. We are blue, just as Yves Klein predicted.
Five Funeral Event Consultant Vanessa 'Ness' Rago
Services for 5 Notional Deaths to be held in Chicago’s Logan Square Neighborhood
Every Sunday in May 2011 from 3-7pm
The Charnel House
3421 West Fullerton Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647
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