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by Claire Ruud

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      Jim Drain
      I Will Show you the Woe-Joy Man, 2009
      Detail of video still
      Courtesy the artist

      First things first: ever since Merce Cunningham passed away last weekend, I've been thinking about him. In particular, I keep flashing back to an installation I saw last summer at Dia:Beacon,Tacita Dean's Merce Cunningham performs STILLNESS (in three movements) to John Cage’s composition 4'33" with Trevor Carlson, New York City, 28 April 2007 (six performances; six films). For this issue, I've written a brief reflection about Cunningham and Merce Cunningham performs STILLNESS.

      This short, mid-summer issue also contains two features about the Blanton. With new director Ned Rifkin, the institution has entered a period of reassessment. In an interview with Rifkin, I ask about his first impressions of the Austin, his priorities at the museum and his love of guitars. Meanwhile, Dan Boehl tackles Jim Drain's installation in the Blanton's WorkSpace Gallery and muses about the politics of the WorkSpace program more broadly.

      If you find this issue all too brief, have no fear. ...might be good's Fall Preview is coming your way next Friday.

      Claire Ruud is Editor of ...might be good.

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