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      Nov. 13, 1978 “Monday.”, 1978
      Acrylic on canvas
      61 x 89 inches
      Reiner Speck, Cologne

      On May 18, 1969, the U.S. launched Apollo 10. This Sunday, May 18, 2008, the Dallas Museum of Art is launching the first U.S. exhibition of On Kawara’s work in fifteen years, 10 Tableaux and 16,952 Pages. Designed by the artist himself, the exhibition centers around Kawara’s largest-scale paintings. The artist’s work has been a reference point for conceptual artists for decades. Check out MTAA’s onKawaraUpdate (v2), or Alfredo Jaar’s The Rwanda Project (1994-2000), which included a series of postcards reminiscent of Kawara’s I Am Still Alive telegrams: Jaar sent cards to friends on which he wrote the names of people he met in Rwanda followed by the phrase “is still alive.”

      On the evening of May 22, 1992, Johnny Carson hosted The Tonight Show for the last time. Instead of sitting in front of the tube, this Thursday, May 22, 2008, at 6:30 p.m., you should recreate your grandma’s tuna casserole and take it down to Artpace San Antonio for a potluck dinner with current artists in residence William Cordova, Mark Bradford and Marcos Ramirez ERRE. R.S.V.P. by May 21, and bring a dish that serves 12.

      On May 24, 1844, Samuel Morse transmitted the message “What hath God wroght!” in Morse code from Washington to Baltimore as he opened the first U.S. telegraph line. Conceptual artist Dario Robleto doesn’t use Morse code, but acts of translation—from action to English text, from English to Portuguese—are certainly involved in his body of work currently on view at Inman Gallery in Houston. This Saturday, May 24, 2008, at noon, you can join Robleto and Gabriel Perez-Barriero, Director of the Colleccion Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, at Inman for a discussion about the artist’s work.