In the (amended) words of S Club 7, there ain’t no party like a Bruce High Quality Foundation party, and tomorrow’s bash promises to be no different. Hosted by the lovely members of everyone’s favorite anonymous art collective, aka The Bruces, and a slew of noteworthy New York folk (Dev Hynes, Jayson Musson, Bob Colacello etc etc etc), “ARCADIA: An Exhibition, A Concert, A Party” will have a little something for everyone (it’s right there in the name!).
As for the exhibition, it features BHQFU’s take on Nicolas Poussin’s Arcadia paintings, which showcase various pastoral scenes in lush, surreal landscapes. “We’ve been working on these paintings for the last six months or so, after spending some time with Nicolas Poussin,” explain the Bruces (Note: Poussin died in 1665, so that’s not literal). “We feel connected to the artifice of his landscapes as stage sets for human drama. We think there is a relationship between his constructions and our version of social sculpture.”
Speaking of landscapes, BHQFU finds itself in a new one; this is the first exhibit in the group’s new space. “Presenting our versions of his Arcadia paintings as the first exhibition in our new BHQFU exhibition space is a way for us to project and mythologize what kinds of interactions might happen here when the space becomes a school in the spring,” they say.
As for the concert, there’s a killer lineup featuring performances by Le1f, Francis and the Lights and Brianna Lance as well as DJ sets by Justin Strauss and House of Ladosha. “All these artists are intimately connected to the wider BHQFU community in special ways. Francis recorded an album in our first studio years ago. And The House of LaDosha is going to be our first exhibition in the new year. So it’s great to bring it all together in one night.”
And the party? That’s on you. Get your tickets here.
ARCADIA: An Exhibition, A Concert, A Party is Thursday, November 5th, 6PM – Late at 33 34th Street, 6th Floor in Brooklyn.