Wayne Koestenbaum and Bruce Hainley: Reading Hotel Theory

Wayne Koestenbaum and Bruce Hainley: Reading Hotel Theory

Reading: Wednesday, July 9, 7:30 pm
Gallery events are always FREE

Wayne Koestenbaum’s Hotel Theory (2007) is two books under one cover running alongside each other in two different fonts. On the left side is Hotel Theory in eight dossiers where the author traces “hotel consciousness” in philosophy, literature and film. Hotel Women appears on the right column in eighteen chapters and features Lana Turner and Liberace as they lie by the pool, oil each others’ backs and make desultory conversations that lack the articles “a,” “an,” and “the.”

In Hotel Theory Koestenbaum looks to shed light on “everyday consciousness … [through the] metaphor of hotel room,” in a series of ruminations that trace hotel condition as a “state of undressed being, without presuppositions.” If the residents of Hotel Women have checked into a language of generalities that lacks the articles the guests at the other establishment are preoccupied with abstractions, reflecting on the hotel conditions of “not-being-at-home.”

At REDCAT Koestenbaum is joined by Bruce Hainley to present passages from the book and try out different possibilities of reading the two parallel columns.

A special cocktail will be served.

Please RSVP to: smohebbi@calarts.edu

Bruce Hainley lives and works in Los Angeles. A professor in the Graduate Fine Arts program at Art Center College of Design and a contributing editor of Artforum, he is the author of Foul Mouth, No Biggie, Art & Culture, Under the Sign of [sic], and, with John Waters, Art—A Sex Book

Wayne Koestenbaum has published over a dozen books, on such subjects as hotels, Harpo Marx, humiliation, Jackie Onassis, opera, and Andy Warhol. His latest book of prose is My 1980s & Other Essays (FSG, 2013); his latest book of poetry is Blue Stranger with Mosaic Background (Turtle Point, 2012). His first solo exhibition of paintings took place at White Columns gallery in New York, in Fall 2012.  

This reading is part of a series of public programs leading up to the exhibition Hotel Theory considering the performance and staging of critical theory in contemporary art.  The exhibition takes place at REDCAT in October 2015 and is made possible by an Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award.

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